Victrix ludorum Hannah Connell looks in form to lead the charge for Christ Church Foundation School, as they prepare to defend their girls’ title at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship for a third consecutive year.
After the conclusion of all individual races, 30 points separated eventual champions Lynch ‘Green’ House on 708 points and Inniss ‘Blue’ House on 678 points in second position. Former three-time winners Talma ‘Purple’ House scored 647 points, Wellington ‘Red’ House copped 583 for fourth and Skeete ‘Yellow’ House’s 534 points placed them in fifth place.
It came down to the relays to determine the champions with Lynch and Inniss both winning three races each. In the end, Lynch had enough left in the tank to clinch the title.
Even though Commonwealth Games Youth silver medallist Rivaldo Leacock, sprinter Calvin Briggs, along with Tianna Bowen, will be missed at BSSAC, Foundation still have more than enough ammunition left to make a case for top three honours in both the boys and the girls at BSSAC. The school’s athletes, however, will miss out on more competition this Saturday as they will not be competing at the Barbados Relay Fair.
Today’s competition was as nail-biting as it could get with lots of speed to burn on the track. The Under-20 Division, as usual, drew the most attention and the neverending battle between Chloe Lucas of Lynch House and CARIFTA athlete Connell of Inniss House brought spectators out of their seats.
Connell tallied 84 points for victrix ludorum honours, but in the opening 400m race of the day she ran a distant 59.37 seconds behind Lucas’ 58.16 seconds.
Trained by Brian Holder at Velocity Management Track Club, Connell had the last laugh with a scorching record-breaking performance of 12.17 seconds in the 100m.
It was an exhibition of share speed, power and determination by Connell, running one split second faster to reduce her previous time of 12.18 seconds set last year.
Lucas and housemate Rosette Hoyte were second and third in that race clocking 13.00 and 13.18 respectively. The diminutive young woman then stamped her authority, as she commanded the 200m to win in 24.65 seconds, running out of lane five.
So far two Foundation athletes have qualified for CARIFTA, they are long jumpers Anderson Greaves with a leap of 7.21m in the Under-20 Boys and Dominique Wood with a distance of 5.67m in the Under-17 Girls age group.
The Under-17 and 20 Boys long jump was the only field event that took place today. Wood of Wellington House landed at 5.31m to come out on top in the girls while 6.81m gave Ondre Callender bragging rights among the boys.
Many have tried and 18 years later none has succeeded in breaking the 400m and 200m Under-20 Boys record belonging to Wilan Louis. It was the year 2000 when Louis strode to victory setting times of 47.60 in the 400m and 21.60 in the 200m. Delano Wickham of Skeete House conquered all-comers in those two races today as he produced a time of 48.77 in the 400m and 21.72 in the 200m, but those times were not close of replicating the outstanding Louis.
Wickham did not feature in the 100m but Brendon Hoyte of Wellington House announced himself as the fastest schoolboy, charging to the finish line in 10.92 seconds with Talma pair of Laquan Trotman (10.97) and Jameel Miller (10.99) breathing down his neck in what was one of the closest photo finishes of the day.
John-Pierre Hinds of Inniss House clearly showed his hard work at training with University of the West Indies Blackbirds track club was paying off. The young man was all businesslike clocking 11.35 in the 100m and 22.95 seconds in the 200m.
Former BSSAC victor ludorum Nathan Crawford Wallis won the Under-17 400m for Skeete House in 55.92 seconds but did not threaten the 48.60 seconds record also belonging to Louis.
The stakes were shared evenly among the Under-17 females, Lelani Haddock of Talma, Jaliyah Denny of Lynch and Kayla Cummins of Wellington.
Haddock, a member of Quantum Leap club and who has represented Barbados in the past at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Games was a split second outside the 200m record as she clocked 25.41 seconds to win that race. The 100m belonged to Denny in 12.66 seconds and Cummins’ 1:00.41 gave her the victory in the 400m.
There was simply no match for victor ludorum Kobe Hutson of Talma House who tallied 93 points in the Under-15 Boys Division. Running against the clock, Hutson looked lethal as he kicked for home and produced a record time of 55.98 seconds in the 400m. He also ran unchallenged to win the 100m in 12.38 seconds and the 200m in 25.15 seconds.
Former Wilkie Cumberbatch schoolgirl Kaya Kellman-Wall fired away in the 200m (28.22 seconds) and 400m (1:04.51) to claim both races for Wellington House while Charian Alexander won the 100m in 13.96 seconds for Lynch House.
The Under-13 Boys category had one commander and his name was Daniel Duncan, a product of Bayley’s Primary and a former top competitor at the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship.
Duncan ran 13.65 in the 100m, a comfortable 26.94 in the 200m and 1:06.51 in the 400m.
Kelescia Downes of Inniss House, another former household name at NAPSAC, has joined the Foundation family and was able to take centre stage in the Under-13 Girls 400m running 1:07.31 and the 200m clocking 27.58 seconds. Downes had the second-best time of 13.71 behind the 13.58 produced by Shonte Morris of Lynch House in the 100m.