Ifill ‘Blue’ House bolted to victory and retained the inter-house athletics title at Darryl Jordan Secondary School’s inter-house sports held today at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex under rainy weather conditions.
There was no competition for the reigning kings as they tallied 1756 points comfortably taking the coveted trophy ahead of Corbin ‘Red’ House finishing a distant 348 points behind on 1408 for second. Finishing third were Ward ‘Green’ House on 1223 points and Jordan ‘Yellow’ House with 1019 points were fourth.
When one has a three-time CARIFTA gold medallist and Austin Sealy Award winner at your school many go with the expectation of seeing her and today the presence of Mary Fraser was sorely missed. No explanation was forthcoming
Principal of the school Stephen Jackman refused to comment on the situation when pressed to do so today at the Usain Bolt Complex but it is understood that the top middle distance athlete is on a ten-day suspension.
Additionally, a number of the students who turned up at the Sports Complex were denied entry because many apparently did not have on the right attire.
To make matters worse some of the students left the Complex and ventured up University Hill where many of them were seen looking on at proceedings from there after the police were called in.
Despite the controversy, the athletes still give of their best and senior victrix ludorum honours went to Jovanna Gustave of Ifill House with a total of 113 points after each win in an event earned her 15 points. Gustave won the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.
With uncertainty over whether Fraser would actually compete at the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship in a few weeks time, Gustave who placed second in the long jump and high jump and third in the javelin will have her work cut out to score points for her school at inter-school sports.
Junior victrix ludorum honours went to Jekeba Boyce of Jordan House with 75 points having secured wins in the 100m, 400m, high jump, long jump and cricket ball throw.
The long strides of Uroy Wint earned him 84 points and the senior victor ludorum title representing Ifill House. Wint stamped his authority to capture the 100m, 200m, 400m and high jump but settled for third in the javelin.
Junior victor ludorum was Devere King of Ward House accounting for 94 points with wins in the 100m, 200m and 400m. He was second in the 800m, long jump, cricket ball and third in the 3000m.
Three records were broken in the Under-20 Division which were among the very few performances to shout about. Dario King of Jordan House produced a record mark of 6.77m in the long jump that surpassed the 6.69m set by Dominique Phillips in 2013.
Rackeem Couse of Corbin House erased Jason Farley’s 17-year-old record of 10.90 seconds in the Under-20 Boys 100m with a 10.62 seconds time. The Under-20 Girls 100m was also broken when Jovanna Gustave of Ifill House clocked 12.15 for the record, which was five split seconds faster than the 1982 time of 12.20 seconds set by Amenia Greaves.