It is onward into the semifinal for the top athletes of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) after today’s fierce competition in the quarterfinals held at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.
The prime event on track today was by far the Boys 800m open where there was a stirring contest between Tytan Hinkson of St Gabriel’s Primary and Ratanang Barker of St Stephen’s Primary.
Barker was the hands-down favourite and had the fastest time of 2:27.52 coming into the two-lap race ahead of the 2:40.73 ran by Hinkson.
From the sound of starter Richard Straker’s gun, Barker was out like a bullet and kept that form until the last 50m when Hinkson began to kick for home and crossed at the photo finish in a time of 2:35.23 ahead of the 2:42.84 ran by Barker who buckled under pressure and fell but got up in time for second position.
Two records fell on the day in the Under-11 Girls cricket ball with 44.82m being the mark to beat. That was accomplished by Eboni Brathwaite of Hill Top Preparatory with a distance of 46.96m and Kianna Mullin of Bay Primary with 45.49m, as they both went past the old record.
The Under-13 age group was just as exciting and brought the spectators to their feet, especially in the boys’ category. The top five fastest qualifiers in the 100m are Amari Forde of St Cyprian’s Boys with a time of 13.22 seconds, Rico Alleyne of Charles F. Broome Primary with 13.43, Shamari Addison of St Alban’s Primary at 13.44, Jayden Green of St Cyprian’s with 13.49 and Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall Junior School, 13.50 seconds.
The dynamic four will feature in the 200m as Green ran 27.38 seconds, ahead of the 27.42 delivered by Addison, who was followed by Forde in 27.64 and Newton 27.75. That should be a blistering semifinal showdown considering all four boys were separated by split seconds.
The 400m for Under-13 Males will see Jalon Howell of Bay Primary with a leading time of 1:03.16 going up against Ziko Rogers of St Stephen’s Primary who ran 1:03.57. These were the only two to go under 1:04.00.
The Under-13 Girls’ 400m and 600m expectedly belonged to Ashlyn Simmons of Eden Lodge Primary and she did not disappoint. Simmons ran strongly from start to finish in the opening 600m event of the day running a blistering 1:43.92 and almost shattered the 1:43.34 record set in 2010 by Jaria Hoyte of Bayley’s.
Simmons represented well in the 400m, producing the top fastest time of 1:02.68 with the closest to that time being 1:05.46 by Keanna Smith-White of Cuthbert Moore Primary.
Cuthbert Moore had lots of reasons to shout about as their star athlete Chrisaria Ballantyne commanded proceedings in the sprints. She ran 13.90 seconds in the 100m and 28.73 in the 200m and will be the one to watch in those two races.
It was a sad day for St Jude’s Primary when Alika Harewood one of their top contenders in the Under-13 Girls Division fell ill and was unable to compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
The Applewhaite sisters of St Giles Primary were unstoppable in the Under-11 Girls Division. Tania stamped her authority for a solid 46.67 seconds performance in the 300m beating the 48.47 by Aniya Nurse of Hillaby Turners Hall Primary.
She then expanded her strides to register 14.48 seconds in her heat of the 100m with her sister Tia accounting for the second fastest time of 14.67 and Nurse third in 14.74.
In the 200m Tia’s 29.63 seconds got the better of her sister who had the third best time of 30.45 as Amara Harewood of St Alban’s ran 30.13 for second. Harewood’s jump of 3.79m was second to the 3.95m delivered by Solange Holford of West Terrace Primary.
The Under-11 Boys was not that clear-cut but Zachary Wall of St George Primary must be commended for finishing second in both the 100m (14.61) and 200m (29.08) while comfortably winning the 300m.
In the said 300m, Wall ran away from the field in 46.94 seconds while Joshua Moore of Williams Industry West Terrace Primary won the 100m in 14.42 and Jayden Cummings of Good Shepherd Primary captured the 200m in 28.96. Moore has proven that he is the one to beat registering a 4.32m mark in the long jump.
Kimara Blackett of St Lawrence Primary slammed the field in the Under-nine Girls 100m and 150m in 15.37 and 23.20 seconds respectively. The 80m dash went to Kydaisha Worrell of A DaCosta Primary in 12.68 seconds.
Macaiah Brathwaite of Luther Thorne Memorial Primary also stood out in the Under-nine Boys age group. Brathwaite raced away in 14.73 seconds in the 100m and a time of 22.81 in the 150m.
Eliezer Williams of St Alban’s sped away in 12.10 to clinch the 80m which was three split seconds faster than the 12.13 by Brathwaite. Williams produced 3.52m to win the long jump as well.
The Under-sevens were also in action and Kaydia Prescott Gordon Walters Primary won the 50m and Rajan Forde of Wesley Hall captured the Boys equivalent. Forde also landed at a 1.62m distance to win the standing broad jump.