The Usain Bolt Sports Complex’s motto speaks to the making of champions and victor ludorum Daniel Duncan of Bayley’s Primary with a sensational performance attested to that fact Wednesday.
Duncan in his final year at the 2017 Pine Hill National Primary Schools Athletics Championship, was unstoppable on the Ryan Brathwaite track for Bayley’s which amassed 147 points to take the boys’ title. And Charles F. Broome Memorial now sit on the NAPSAC throne as the new queens of primary schools athletics.
The lads from St Phillip ran away with their third overall boys trophy by a whopping 73 points ahead of second placed Wesley Hall School. The boys of St Cyprian’s were third with 67 points followed by Williams Industries West Terrace Primary on 57 for fourth place and Eden Lodge took fifth place with 57 points.
It was not such easy going during the girls’ race for supremacy. Charles F. Broome captured a triple title overall but were always in close contention with main rivals City of Bridgetown St Giles Primary.
The final Under-13 Girls 4x100m decided the outcome of that battle and when the dust settled it was Charles F. Broome who won that relay to seal the girls championship with 127.50 points. St Giles were second overall with 115 points, coming third in this relay behind the second placed St Lucy Primary. Had St Giles won the relay the story might have been a different one.
Last year’s champions West Terrace settled for third place with 70 points ahead of Wesley Hall tallying 50 points, just a mere one point ahead of Christ Church Girls’ which accumulated 49 to round out the top five.
What is interesting to note is that both Bayley’s who last won in 2011 and Charles F Broome last lifting the girls title in 2015 are the reigning champions of the Patsy Callender Zone.
Under-13 Boys Division champion Duncan was joint victor ludorum with under-nine king Jaquon Blackman-Gittens of Reynold Weekes Primary as they both scored 30 points. Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary was named victrix ludorum.
Duncan won gold in the Boys’ 800m open in a time of 2:26.38 after coming into the race with the fourth fastest time. It was a major upset over Joshua Husbands of All Saints who had the best time coming into the event and finished second in 2:27.75.
The young man who was also part of Bayley’s victorious cricket team last year in the Herman Griffith Cricket Competition, came in as the 400m favourite and did not disappoint, delivering a gutsy effort for his second gold medal of the day. He clocked 1:01.46 ahead of the 1:01.69 ran by Jaquan Pilgrim of St George Primary.
Following that Duncan leapt his way to a distance of 5.21m to win the boys long jump ahead of Josiah Cato of Roland Edwards who made a distance of 4.91m. Cato was outstanding, scoring 28 points to stamp his authority as the fastest primary school boy producing 13.42 in the 100m and a swift 26.30 in the 200m.
Meanwhile fellow victor ludorum Blackman-Gittens ran 12.78 in the under-nine 80m, a time of 15.08 in the 100m and 22.37 in the 150m.
Dell, the Under-13 female queen was deserving of her award after equalling the Under-13 Girls high jump of 1.47m last week Wednesday, she returned Wednesday and jumped a distance of 4.84m to win the long jump and then ran 28.44 in the 200m for third place, securing a total of 26 points.
The powerfully built Nya Browne of Christ Church Girls was unstoppable in the sprints after entering the 100m and 200m with the fastest times. In the 100m she ran five split seconds faster clocking 13.27 seconds and in the 200m she slammed the field in 27.91 seconds.
Five records fell Wednesday and Dominic Duncan of Bayley’s leapt 1.78m to remove the previous mark of 1.72m.
The Under-nine Girls 150m record was equalled by Krisanne Jones of St John’s Primary running 22.13 seconds. Asabi Callender of Hilda Skeene Primary strong-armed a mighty 54.84m for the Under-13 Girls cricket ball throw, replacing the 53.81m once held by Chazelle Cumberbatch.
Charles F. Broome broke the Under-nine Girls 4x100m in 1:03.12. The Under-11 Boys of Wesley Hall anchored by Kevion Newton were victorious in 55.38 seconds, finishing ahead of St Alban’s Primary (55.59) to go under the 56.21 seconds required.
Brianna Catwell of Charles F. Broome defied the odds with a broken right shoulder to come out on top as champion of the Under-nine Girls age group scoring 21 points. She was first in the 80m finishing in 12.79, came third in the 150m behind record- holder Krisanne Jones of St John’s and Alexis Mascoll of Hindsbury Primary (23.34).
The Under-11 Girls and Boys category was as exciting as it could get between eventual Division champion Shamari Addison tallying 28 points and Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall with 19. Addison was super in the 400m, blazing a time of 1:04.45. He was just as dominant in the 200m with a winning time of 28.19 and ran 13.95 in the 100m but was denied a third gold medal after being beaten on the finish line by a split second by Jayden Green of Eden Lodge who was timed at 13.94 seconds.
Aniya Nurse of Hillaby Turners Hall Primary tallied 24 points in the Under-11 Girls. Nurse finished second in the 100m, 200m and 400m after stiff competition from Tania Applewhaite of St Giles and Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T Gay Primary.
Griffith topped the Girls 400m in 1:08.21 and Nurse was second in 1:09.17. Griffith also took the victory in the 200m by dismissing all-comers in a time of 29.79 seconds, finishing ahead of Nurse who ran 30.12. Tania Applewhaite of St Giles won the 100m in 14.68 beating out Nurse (14.70) and her twin sister Tia Applewhaite (14.74).
There was a three-way tie in the Under-seven Boys among Reginald Callender of St Catherine’s Primary along with Bayley’s athletes Dominic Duncan and Shai Thorne with each scoring ten points.
Jasmine Hurdle was the clear winner in the Under-seven Girls with 14 points. In the Girls 600m Open Jahzara Holford of Williams Industries West Terrace won that race ahead of Isha Adamson of St Elizabeth.