The St Michael School Cougars definitely have all the artillery needed to defend their boys’ title in two months time at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC).
Today at the National Stadium was an occasion when Elizabeth ‘Purple’ House reigned as champions for a third consecutive year with 924 points. There was lots of speed to burn with Victoria ‘Red’ House tallying 847 points for the second position, followed by Anne ‘Yellow’ House in third place on 739 points and Boadicea ‘Blue’ House’s 505 points putting them some distance back in fourth place.
There was talent in abundance on display today with quite a few records being broken. And not only were the males looking up to speed but their female counterparts looked businesslike and will cause some problems at BSSAC.
Running his second and final year in Under-17, Kyle Gale of Anne House bolted 50.28 seconds to replace his own time of 50.83 seconds set last year in the 400m.
Not only was Gale forceful on track but also off, setting a new mark of 11.97m in the triple jump.
A member of the winning 4x400m quartet last year at the CARIFTA Games held in Curacao, Gale has already secured his ticket for the 45th staging of theCARIFTAGames scheduled for the Bahamas from March 30th to April 2nd.
A month ago Gale charged a brisk 48.11 seconds in the 400m at the Barbados Amateur Athletics Association’s Classicto comfortably secure his place.
The Quantum Leap-trained athlete is one of two St Michael School students who has already made the CARIFTA qualifying standard in the 400m. Antoni Hoyte-Small of Elizabeth House ran 48.23 in the Under-20 Boys’ 400m at the same January Classic and will be joining his schoolmate on the Bahamas flight.
Despite nursing a right hamstring injury, Darian Clarke who made his CARIFTA debut last year in Curacao was also impressive with two record-breaking performances in the Under-17 sprints for Elizabeth House.
Under the command of starter Dave Small who is also the head of St Michael Sports Department, Clarke was out like a bullet, clocking 10.94 seconds in the 100m to take three split seconds off his own record of 10.97 set in 2017.
Competing in what was his second and final year in that Division, Clarke then delivered a top-class performance in the 200m, as he slammed the field in 21.97 seconds to erase his former time of 22.05 which he also registered last year.
Elizabeth House claimed two other records on the day, starting with the Under-20 Girls 200m won by Ashlee Lowe in 24.28 seconds and bettered the 24.72 set by Leah Barker four years ago. Samiya Dell landed at 5.08m for a new mark in the Under-13 Girls long jump.
Victoria House also accounted for a few records especially in the Under-15 Girls cricket ball throw event through junior national volleyball player Tenielle Chapman- Goodluck with a 26.63m distance. Jonathan Miller then went airborne to land at 14.07m in the Under-20 Boys triple jump.
Just one record went crashing in the relays thanks to the boys from Elizabeth House in the 800m medley.
Senior victor ludorum Seth Edwards ended the day with 66 points, and also added his name to the record books for Anne House in two events. In the Under-20 Boys shot put he strong-armed 14.22m and executed 41.92m in the cricket ball throw.
Chelsea Lawrence, a Dominican-born who joined the St Michael School family last year, totalled 63 points for senior victrix ludorum and is also a member of Anne House. Lawrence did not win any event but her participation and placing in each event led her to the title.
She was second in the Under-20 Girls 800m, high jump, long jump, cricket ball throw and shot put. She was third in the 400m and fourth in the 200m.
Both the junior victor and victrix ludorum honours went to Elizabeth House compliments Christopher Watson scoring 51 points and Gabriela Yearwood 50.
A throw of 23.03m was good enough for Watson to take top honours in the Under-15 Boys javelin event. He was second in the 200m, third in the 100m, 400m and cricket ball throw while placing fourth in the long jump. The 100m (12.29 seconds), 200m (24.42) and 400m (1:00.10) races were all respectively won by Parris.
Yearwood also in the Under-15 Division won the 100m, clocking 13.59 and she ran 1:06.27 to clinch the 400m. The former George Lamming Primary schoolgirl produced a distance of 4.32m to win the long jump, and ran 27.71 in the 200m but was beaten by Sierra Williams in a time of 27.36 while settling for third in the shot put which was won by Chapman- Goodluck.