The girls of St Catherine’s Primary reigned as queens for the third consecutive year, and the boys of St Ambrose Primary retained their title for the second time in the Obadele Thompson Zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex today.
A school that has produced one of the most distinguished daughters of the soil in Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, St Catherine’s accumulated 203 points to take bragging rights fairly comfortably.
St Bernard’s came second with 173 points and St James Primary were third with 114. Fourth were Trinity Academy with 111 points while Workman’s Primary and Elliot Belgrave Primary both tallied 84 points for fifth place.
The race was on for second in the boys most of the day as St Ambrose scored 153 to top the males point standings. Trinity Academy were able to finish second on 127, beating out former boys champions St Catherine’s who ended on 113 for third. Elliot Belgrave represented the north well as they were fourth on 108 and St Margaret’s Primary’s 89 points got them fifth place.
Trinity Academy is one of the newest schools with lots of talented athletes such as victor ludorum Keon Blackman who tallied 26 points today. Starring in the Under-13 Boys Division, Obadele Thompson would have been pleased with the young upcoming sprinter who clocked 13.70 in the 100m and 28.30 in the 200m while throwing 50.10m for third in the cricket ball throw.
Today’s track queen Alexis Carter of Workman’s Primary secured 30 points for victrix ludorum in the Under-nine age group. She dismissed the 80m field in 12.97, a modest 16.18 in the 100m and a convincing 24.82 in the 150m.
Despite the opening day of the zonal meets being lukewarm on the competitive end, they were ten new record holders. Jacobe Griffith of St Phillip Primary tossed 62.43m in the Under-13 boys cricket ball throw that made the previous 57.49m record look like a joke.
St Philip performed creditably and took top honours in the Under-seven and Under-11 categories. Damarco Luke won the standing broad jump with a 1.34m leap and was third in the 50m dash behind Raheem Myles of Trinity (9.25 seconds) for 16 points in the Under-sevens. Ryan Stuart totalled 26 points in the Under-nine division having produced the fastest 200m time in 29.65 and was second in the 100m and long jump.
The other records which fell were in the Under-nine 80m where Samuel Edwards of St James Primary clocked 12.22 seconds. Wendi Steele-Inniss of St Catherine’s Primary produced 33.15m for a new record throw in the Under-11 girls cricket ball. Jamarion Mapp of Elliot Belgrave Primary clocked a record-breaking 1:06.27 in the Under-13 boys 400m.
The 300m has been introduced for the first time this year and Abigail Paul of St Mark’s Primary ran 53.62 seconds in the girls’ and Desroy Watts of St Elizabeth Primary clocked 50.93 seconds in the boys to register respective record times.
Four records were also erased in the relays and St James Primary crossed the finish line in 1:92.67 in the Under-11 Girls 4x100m. St Catherine’s girls’ 58.22 seconds in the Under-13 females 4x100m relay was also a new record. Trinity Academy ran 57.20 seconds in the Under-13 boys 4x100m and also among the boys, Elliot Belgrave’s 2:09.08 for the 800m sprint medley gave that school a new record..
Other outstanding individual champions hailed from St Ambrose Primary namely Arhianna Rudder in the Under-seven division as she stamped her authority in the 50m and took second place in the standing broad jump. Josiah Williamson delivered the fastest time in the Under-nine boys 100m of 15.63 seconds and was second in the 80m and 150m.
Aleyah Bradshaw of St James Primary sprinted away with the Under-11 girls 100m in 15.52 seconds and was second in the 200m in 31.59. Zhariel Price of St Bernard’s Primary charged to victory in the Under-13 200m and 400m in 29.88 seconds and 1:09.32 seconds respectively. She was third in the 100m behind Gabriella Greenidge of St Catherine’s in 14.41 seconds and Zhada Best in 14.52 seconds. Price earned 26 points in that Division.
In the open 600m and 800m races, Rebekah Nicholls of Trinity Academy was outstanding in capturing first place in 2:08.28 and Jahbari Khalid of St Catherine’s (2:43.35) among the boys.
St Catherine’s and Trinity Academy won two relays each with the St Philip-based institution winning the Under-nine and Under-13 girls 4x100m. Trinity Academy clinched the Under-11 and 13 boys 4x100m races.