City of Bridgetown Conquerors St Giles Primary retained double crown honours in the James Wedderburn Zone of the ongoing National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex today.
The horse had already left the stable with no means of return when the girls of St Giles amassed 221 points and the boys tallied 197 in the presence of Mr Wedderburn, the first Barbadian to medal at the Olympic Games in the 1960s.
Hilda Skeene Primary were a distant second on 152 points in the girls’ standings and Reynold Weekes Primary got 124 points for third place. Hindsbury Primary were fourth scoring 118 points and Bay Primary’s 96 points were good for fifth position.
The boys from Bayland came much higher than their female counterparts tallying 121 for second place and St George Primary with an outstanding showing finished deservingly in third position on 117 points. Reynold Weekes accumulated 112 points for fourth spot and Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary’s 92 points placed them fifth.
St Giles Primary complied the majority of their points in the female category compliments the Applewhaite twins led by joint victrix ludorum Tania with 30 points and sister Tia who was six points behind on 26.
Tania set a new record time of 47.09 seconds in the Under-11 Girls 300m and was the only athlete in that race to run under 50 seconds as the next best time was 52.01 seconds by Applewhaite’s schoolmate Kashia Sealy-Bynoe.
Tania also sprinted 28.55 seconds to finish ahead of the 28.97 ran by Tia in the 200m, as they both ran under the record time of 29.15 seconds previously set by Rishaunna Padmore of Arthur Smith Primary in 2012.
In the 100m Tania ran 14.46 seconds to win ahead of Tia who was second in 14.62 seconds, and also in the girls’ standings with 24 points in that division.
Under-seven darling Rejada Hinds of St Giles collected 24 points to top that age group having broken two records, first in the standing broad jump with a 1.44m leap and a 19.68m distance in the tennis ball throw.
The other two victrix ludorum winners that joined Tania on the podium were Shamyra Scantlebury of Grazettes Primary from the Under-nines division and Tanesha Arthur of Bay Primary in the Under-13 division both accounting for 30 points.
In the 80m Scantlebury clocked 12.78 seconds, then later dismissed the 100m field in 16.25 seconds and threw 26.18m in the cricket ball event. Meanwhile, Arthur was first in her class as she stamped her authority to cross the finish line in the 400m in 1:08.46.
She also won the 200m in 28.52 seconds and went over the high jump bar at 1.31m, three meters short of the 1.34m record set last year by Sharon Primary’s Samiya Dell now a first form student of the St Michael School.
Javier Norville of St Giles Primary and Jaiko Devonish of Roland Edwards Primary both tallied 26 points for joint victor ludorum.
Norville featured in the Under-11 category and impressed with a comfortable 47.96 seconds in the 300m. He then returned with a bang to clock 28.88 seconds to win the 200m but had to settle for third with a 3.77m mark in the long jump. Jules O’Garro of St Gabriel’s won that event with a 4.02m distance and Nathan Cumberbatch’s 3.82m got him second place.
Devonish was the stand-out in the Under-nine Boys category as he ran 12.23 seconds for the first position in the 80m. Devonish then leapt 3.12m to produce the furthest jump but came third in the 200m which was won by Rokeem King of St Giles in 15.77 seconds.
The most outstanding male in the Under-13 age group was Kevin Webster of St Giles Primary with a total of 24 points having convincingly won his heat of the 100m in 14.11 seconds. He also earned silver with a 4.29m in the long jump behind the winning 4.41m delivered by Shadre Gibson of Arthur Smith Primary.
Webster’s time of 28.46 seconds was third best to eventual winner Shakoby Brathwaite of Grantley Prescod Memorial (28.14) seconds and Jalon Howell of Bay Primary (28.30) in the 200m. Shay Mottley of Bay Primary was tops in the Under-seven Boys Division with a well deserved 25 points having claimed top positions in the 50m and tennis ball and fifth in the standing broad jump.