Both local and visiting schools, clubs and institutions performed creditably at the 16th edition of the Barbados Relay Fair at the National Stadium on Saturday.
A total of 34 teams competed in front a sizable crowd and Cougars Track and Field Club from Trinidad and Tobago dominated overall in the female and male categories with 120 and 109 points respectively.
Elite Distance Programme were second with 90 among the girls while Government Hill queens Springer Memorial and the St Michael School tied for third on 69 and Jump Start tallied 39 for fifth. Elite also finished second in the Boys on 72 and the St Michael School were third with 59 points. Fourth and fifth positions went to the Pacers Track Club and The Lodge School.
The St Michael School will have one of the most lethal Under-13 girls quartets at next month’s staging of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship.
Considering they already have the dynamic trio of Skye Spencer-Layne, Jahzara Holford and Samiya Dell, the queens of Martindale’s Road were unbeatable in that division.
St Michael won the 4x100m, 4x200m and 1000 sprint medley and earned 30 points, 14 points more than second placed Cougars. The third placed Elite Distance collected 15 points.
The Under-17 Boys also represented St Michael School well tallying 26 points and taking prominence in that Division ahead of Cougars who amassed 23 points and The Lodge School with 13.
CARIFTA gold medallist Kyle Gale along with Thierry Jordan, Marquez Cadogan and Devante Straughan won the 4x400m, 1600m sprint medley and placed second in the 4x100m. Christenburg Wismar High from
Guyana stamped their authority in the 4x400m sprint medley and were third in the 4x100m to take the female Under-17 division with 26 points.
Elite Distance Programme just about eclipsed Pacers Track Club by one point, 23 to 22, to emerge victorious in the Under-20 Boys. Elite won the 1600m medley which is a 200x200x400x800. They then returned with former Coleridge and Parry schoolboys and CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Jones and Rasheeme Griffith, as part of their 4x400m quartet. They managed to pull off the win but ran 3:15.75 which was outside the 3:14.20 record held by The Lodge School in 2012.
Jump Start had a few notable performances but none stood out more so than the Under-20 females with Akayla Morris anchoring the 4x100m team consisting of Jamie Drayton, Kara Douglas and Kayla Walters to victory.
Cougars showed determination with lots of speed and endurance, as they collected 30 points in the Under-13 boys, having impressively won the 4x100m, 4x200m and 1000 sprint medley. St Cyprian’s Boys accumulated 17 points for second position and Combermere were third on 15.
The Under-15 Division race went to Cougars who tallied 28 points in the female category and Bermuda clinched the male equivalent with 28 followed by Cougars in second place on 24. Dressed in their traditional black and green, the girls of Cougars Club replaced their former time of 50.03 set in 2016 with 49.35 seconds in the 4x100m relay.
However they were second to Elite Distance in the 1600m sprint medley in which both teams set new times. Elite quartet comprising of Kishawna Niles, Aaliyah Agard, Abbygaile Meyers and Reanna Holder clocked 4:18.56 followed by Cougars in a time of 4:23.68 to emerge second. Both times bettered the 4:27.79 set by The Lodge School in 2005.
Another one of Lodge School records went through the window when Bermuda Middle School recorded 44.84 seconds in the Under-15 Boys 4x100m, and erased the 2011 time of 45.90 seconds. The Bermudans were really having a great time in that division, as they executed a time of 3:54.90 for another record-breaking performance in the 1600m sprint medley.
Elite Distance Programme held true to form as they dominated the Under-11 Boys Division with 26 points. In fact it was an all- Barbadian affair in that race with Eden Lodge Primary and St Stephen’s tied on 16 points for second and third respectively while Milton Lynch Primary finished fourth on 12 points.
Coached by former Olympian Leo Garnes, the boys of Elite produced a new record of 52.80 in the 4x100m, compliments a solid run by Tyal Antoine, Darian Bailey, Hayden Boyce and Daquan Clarke. That performance was good enough to replace the long-standing time of 56.82 once held by Luther Thorne Primary. Elite also won the 1000 sprint medley.
Cougars accumulated 26 points in the female standings and barely pipped local track clubs Rising Stars and Elite Distance who ended with 24 and 17 points for second and third respectively. The Trinidadians are a regular at these events and won the 4x200m and placed second in 4x100m and 1000 sprint medley.