Skinner ‘Royal Blue’ House Superstars scored 890.2 points and took centre stage as champions for a third consecutive year when the Alexandra School held its 2018 inter-house Sports today at the National Stadium.
The championship race was over by a long distance relatively early as the closest rival to Skinner were O’Neal ‘Yellow’ House Diamonds in second position on 783.4 points and Frederick ‘Red’ House Spartans tallying 641 points for their place in the top three. Arnold ‘Blue’ House Thunder totalled 539.4 points for fourth and Lysons ‘Green’ House 565 points for fifth.
A school traditionally known for producing top cricketers and footballers, the best of the North was on track showing off lots of speed today and former CARIFTA bronze medallist in the Under-17 Girls 4x400m, Shonita Brome of O’Neal House, was among those that blazed the national track.
The promising hurdler who represented Barbados last year at the CARIFTA Games held in Curacao has yet to qualify for the Under-20 Girls 400m hurdles with an asking standard of 1:01.00. So far this year Brome clocked 1:03 and will need to perform well over the next couple of days in order to make the team which should be finalized by March 10 for the 46th staging of the Games to be held in Nassau, Bahamas from March 30 to April 2.
Brome scored a whopping 72 points to emerge as victrix ludorum in the Under-20 division having won four races that included the 200m in 27.47 seconds, a modest pace of 1:03.62 in the 400m, 2:49.70 in the 800m which all took place today at the Stadium.
Brome also won the 1500m and shot put done at her school and was second in the javelin and 100m in 13.35 seconds to Adeyah Brewster of Skinner House (12.60). Brome came third in the discus.
Victor ludorum Agyei Phillips-Dectiville of Frederick House ended the day undefeated with 64 points in the Under-20 Boys Division. The tall young man was in good form running 11.50 seconds in the 100m and completed the sprint double where he registered 23.08 in the 200m with the closest to that time being the 23.16 ran by Deshawn Toppin of Skinner House.
There was simply no stopping the young man as he also went on to capture the 400m in 51.63 seconds while showing lots of endurance for a time of 2:16.93 in the 800m. At the school he won the 1500m, was second in the shot put and third in the discus.
Two other diamonds besides Brome shone brightly for O’Neal House and they were Under-17 Division champions Kristen Sobers in the girls’ division and Renacko Belgrave in the boys.
Sobers contributed 39 points having won the long jump, taking second place in the shot put and third in the 200m, 400m and 800m. Winning those races were Tyra Forde of Lysons House who dominated the 800m in 3:08.47 and the 400m in 1:12.04 respectively, ahead of second place finisher Cedalla Corbin of Skinner who was timed at 3:15.15 and 1:13.30 respectively. The 200m went to Amaris Maynard in 30.26 seconds.
Belgrave, on the other hand, had 36 points and was first in the 200m in 23.26 seconds and the discus but had to settle for second place in the shot put and the 100m where he ran 11.66 seconds finishing behind housemate Akeome Ross (11.65 seconds) in what was perhaps the closest race of the day.
Shadae Worrell who trains with High Performance Programme Club was the only divisional champion for her house competing in the Under-15 Girls category. She accounted for 62 points on the day and proved unstoppable while crossing the finish line in 13.06 seconds for first place in the 100m. Then she stamped her authority with a time of 26.61 to secure the 200m and stopped the clock at 1:04.33 in the 400m.
Worrell also clinched top positions in the long jump, discus and was third in the javelin and shot put.
In the Under-15 Boys equivalent, Brandon Downes of Lysons House accumulated 60 points. He took the gold medal position on the podium in the 200m (24.32), 400m (54.74) and also had the furthest distance in the long jump.
However, Aaron Cumberbatch of Skinner House ran 12.26 seconds and outpaced Downes (12.45 seconds) in the 100m. Downes was second in the 800m with a rather slow 3:00.82 behind the 2:55.45 of Kimani Greaves of Arnold House and came third in the shot put.
Lysons House had the licence to run away with the Under-13 Division and so they did. Dania Lewis with 48 points won the 100m in 13.49 seconds, the 200m in 27.90 and 800m in 3:28.61. She also claimed the long jump. Lewis’ time of 1:08.82 was second to Tikara Browne- Hall’s 1:08.77 in the 400m.
Meanwhile, in the Under-13 boys’ age group, Dontae Cumberbatch scored 38 points after being victorious in the 100m in 14.28 seconds, taking second in the long jump and 800m, third in the 400m and fourth in the shot put.