Former champions Scotiabank Springer Memorial ended day one of the Esther Maynard Zone with a ten-point lead over Christ Church Foundation School (CCFS), the reigning Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) queens.
After leading for the majority of Thursday’s proceedings in both the girls and boys at the National Stadium, Foundation lost their grip with what appeared to be disqualifications in a few 4x100m relay races where a number of teams also got disqualified.
Perennial favourites Springer Memorial, last year’s champions in this zone, tallied 276 points to stave off Foundation running a close race in second on 266 points and Harrison College on 189.50 points in third place. The Alleyne School are also making a case in fourth position on 145.50 points and Combermere with 103.50 came fifth.
The boys of Harrison College totalled 214 points to give themselves some daylight ahead of current kings of this zone Foundation who scored 187.50 points for second place and Alleyne School with 139.50 for third. St Leonard’s Boys also made their presence felt, tallying 137.50 points for fourth spot and Combermere scoring 104 for fifth.
Several records were broken today and Julisa Jones-Smith of Springer Memorial claimed three of them in the Under-15 Girls Division. She replaced the 26.97m record in the junior girls javelin with a new 27.68m mark and then followed up that performance by putting 9.57m in the shot put, removing the 8.94m record established last year. Those two events surely warmed up Jones-Smith who made her way on to the track for the junior girls 75m hurdles, and clocked 13.58 seconds to erase the old time of 14.37.
Another great showing in Thursday’s zonal meet came from Aren Spencer of Harrison College adding two of those records to his name. Chasing 54.44 seconds, Spencer clocked 54.12 seconds in the Under-15 Boys 400m. He also went over the high jump bar at 1.69m to surpass the previous 1.66m mark.
The athletes of Alleyne School kept themselves in the running all day and Brieanna Boyce was one who took pride of place with two records to her name in the Under-13 Girls Division. The record to beat was 64.75 in the 400m and Boyce from the shot of the gun crossed the finish line unchallenged in 63.97 seconds. In the 100m she ran two split seconds faster in a time of 13.43 to replace the previous standard of 13.45 seconds.
Those were the main athletes who broke two records or more but special mention must be given to CARIFTA athletes who wrote their names in the record book. Double gold medallist Jonathan Jones of Harrison College ran a comfortable 48.21 to win his heat of the Under-20 Boys 400m, bettering the former time of 50.04. Despite missing out on his first ever opportunity last weekend to represent Barbados next month at the CARIFTA Games, Delano Wickham of Alleyne School also continued his good form running 49.60 in the Under-20 400m.
Fellow Harrisonian Triston Gibbons threw 43.57m in the Under-20 Boys discus and in the process erased the old record of 40.26m. Meanwhile Hannah Connell who will be on the plane next month to Curacao ran a brisk 11.98 in the Under-20 Girls 100m.
The final day for the zone is Friday at the National Stadium.