They call themselves the Tigers and Williams Industries West Terrace Primary unleashed their power to secure double crown honours in the Patsy Callender Zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) held today at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.
A school that harnesses track and field talent, West Terrace raised the standard today led by victrix ludorum Solange Holford as they took the gold medal position with 145 points in the girls division having finished second behind Charles F. Broome Primary last year.
A total of 16 schools participated and finishing second behind the St James-based institution were Wesley Hall Primary with134 points, Bayley’s Primary tallied 132 for third and last year’s champions Charles F. Broome Primary were fourth with 102 points while Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary totalled 96.50 for fifth.
The boys of West Terrace were fifth last year and this time around they totalled 139.25 points to emerge as champions. St Stephen’s Primary ran a close second to finish with 134 points and Wilkie Cumberbatch’s 127.50 points got them into third place. Fourth were the boys of Milton Lynch Primary on 115.25 and last year’s kings Bayley’s Primary were fifth with 109.50.
Ashlyn Simmons of Eden Lodge Primary ran strongly from start to finish in the Girls 600m for a record-breaking time of 1:46.44 and shattered the 1:47.24 set by Jaria Hoyte in 2010. Simmons was in a class of her own, as she returned and anchored Eden Lodge to victory, as they ran 2:06.31 in the 800m sprint medley for the record.
The athletic Simmons was in excellent form and was well rewarded for her efforts with 26 points in the Under-13 category having also won the 400m in 1:05.24 and had the third fastest time of 29.44 in the 200m behind eventual winner, Lanicia Harewood of Wesley Hall Primary (29.17) and Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T. Gay Primary (29.43) who was second.
Charles F. Broome pair of Ramero Pinder and Aaron Massiah equalled the 1.37m in the boys high jump open.
Holford, one of the top junior female road tennis players, showed her athleticism on track in the Under-11 age group, clocking the fastest times of 14.63 in the 100m and 29.27 in the 200m while landing at 3.70m for gold in the long jump which earned her 30 points.
The impressive Ratanang Barker of St Stephen’s (Under-13) and Josiah Gill of Wilkie Cumberbatch (Under-nine) both tallied 28 points for victor ludorum honours. Birthday girl and former outstanding national athlete, now track and field coach, Wendy Barrow-Smith was at the complex to see her hard work and dedication to Barker paying off.
Short in stature but big in heart, Barker tore the bark off his competitors starting with a commendable 2:27.52 in the 800m, in which he fell just outside the 2010 record of 2:25.30 set by Commonwealth Games Youth silver medallist Rivaldo Leacock. Barker won his heat and produced 27.73 for the fastest 200m time and had the second best time of 1:03.91 behind the 1:03.85 by schoolmate Ziko Rogers running six split seconds faster.
Meanwhile, Gill sprinted 15.20 seconds in the 100m and 22.46 seconds in the 200m but tied with a 3.12m measurement in the long jump along with Justin Sandiford of Luther Thorne Primary.
The Under-nine female division champion Gia Greenidge of Luther Thorne Memorial Primary scored 20 points as she came second in the 80m and 100m. Those races were won by Leanna Green of Wilkie Cumberbatch in 12.64 seconds for the 80m and 16.67 seconds by Sharifa Nicholls of Charles F. Broomes for the 100m. Unfortunately, Greenidge only managed sixth position in the 150m won by Jadacia Andrews of Bayley’s in 25.58 seconds.
In addition to Barker and Rogers, Torres Worrell also gave St Stephen’s supporters something to shout about in the Under-11 Boys category. Totalling 23 points, Worrell crossed the finish line for first in 100m (14.10), came second in the 200m (29.40) behind Amari Hadaway-Lyte of Bayley’s Primary in 29.27 seconds and was eighth overall in the 100m.
Skye Dowridge of West Terrace accounted for 22 points in the Under-seven Girls by winning the 50m in 9.22 seconds and long jump at 1.30m while placing fifth overall in the tennis ball throw. The Under-seven boys’ honours went to Rajan Forde of Wesley Hall Juniors with 12 points having won the 50m dash in 8.69 seconds and coming seventh in the long jump which went to Cashawn Bovell of St Stephen’s.
The spoils were shared evenly in the relays as no school won more than two relays. NAPSAC will resume Thursday, February 15, at the Usain Bolt, Complex.