Husbands ‘Red’ House Rockets tallied 742 points to retain their title as champions for a second consecutive year when Parkinson Memorial Secondary School held their annual inter-house championship today at the National Stadium.
Gilkes ‘Blue’ House Lightning were not quite fast enough and had to settle for second position scoring 712 points. Howard ‘Yellow’ House Warriors finished with 602 points for third place and Burnett ‘Green’ House registered 491 points for fourth spot.
This is a school that has produced the likes of distance runner Sonia Gaskin and local sprint queen Jade Bailey. And today three record-breaking performances took centre stage at the sporting event. Ashem Vaughan who trains under Velocity Management Track and Field Club shattered two of those including the Under-15 Boys 200m that stood since 1979.
Vaughan, a member of Gilkes House was in a class of his own running the Under-15 Boys 100m in a time of 10.97 seconds to replace the 11 seconds flat ran by Merton Skeete in 1980.
He then returned after lunch and slammed the field yet again in 22.88 seconds to erase the 200m record of 23.09 set almost four decades ago by Anthony Nurse. The young man also went on to win the 400m and 800m respectively.
The other record fell in the Under-17 Girls 100m when Sarah Lawrence of the victorious Husbands House sprinted to victory in 12.18 seconds and chopped down seven split seconds off her previous time of 12.25 seconds set last year.
She then went on to clock 25.50 seconds in the 200m and a slow 2:35.63 to capture the 800m. On the final 50m coming down the home stretch of the 400m, Janiel Reid of Burnett House accomplished the upset in 1:04.29 when she ran past Lawrence who finished second in 1:04.97.
Husbands House also received points from Jamie Lawson who featured in the Under-17 age group. Lawson commanded proceedings in the 400m to cross the finish line in 55.13 seconds. He earlier won the 800m in 2:12.55 and was two split seconds shy of the record. Mitchel Joseph also of Husbands House won the 100m in 11.95 seconds and the 200m in 23.41 seconds ahead of the 12.03 and 24.41 ran respectively by Lawson.
Tristan Harper who is with Wibisco Stars Track Club and a member of Husbands House is the fastest boy at Parkinson Memorial. He charged down the track in 10.95 seconds in the 100m and then ran a modest 22.70 seconds to win the 200m.
Trinity Joseph of Gilkes House took top honours in the Under-20 girls 400m in 1:14.23 and the 800m in a rather snail-like pace of 3:12.32. She, however, finished second in the 100m and 200m to Rowanika Jackson of Burnett House.
Tamera Hoyte also of Burnett House stood out when she competed in the Under-15 Division. Hoyte ran 1:06.95 to win the 400m and settled for third in the 100m and 200m.
The Under-13 Girls category belonged to Reshia Simmons of Gilkes House, taking the 400m in 1:21.15 and the 800m in 3:41.91. She had to settle for second behind Shimere Samuel in the 100m and Treteisha Beckles of Howard House in the 200m.
The stakes were shared evenly in the Under-13 Boys Division but Chemar Blanchard had a good day picking up wins in the 400m and 100m.