The writing was on the wall since yesterday and today the Christ Church Foundation School posse celebrated as two-time double crown champions of the 2018 Sol-sponsored Esther Maynard Zone of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship.
The girls from Church Hill tallied 471.50 to retain the title ahead of former perennial queens Springer Memorial on 435 points for second position while Harrison College registered 284 points for third. Williams Equipment Alleyne School scored 215.50 to end in fourth place while Combermere School’s 159 points got them fifth place.
In the boys’ competition, Foundation were large and in charge tallying 411 points to stave off stiff competition from Harrison College with 382.50 points for second place and St Leonard’s Boys with 267.50 in third. Alleyne were also fourth among the boys scoring 235 points while Combermere had to settle for fifth with 222 points.
Nathan Crawford-Wallis of Foundation set a zonal record of 1.89m in the Under-17 Boys high jump and it was also announced that he will be heading to the 46th staging of the CARIFTA Games in Nassau, Bahamas to represent Barbados in that event.
A gigantic throw of 18.63m by Triston Gibbons of Harrison College earned the tall lad his second gold of the zone and what was officially a new BSSAC record. The distance to beat was 17.40m set in 2015 by Dequan Lovell and Gibbons executed brilliantly.
Just as they did yesterday in the 100m and 400m, Foundation dominated in the 200m and 800m.
Shonte Morris began the winning formula with a 27.22 run in the Under-13 Girls 200m. From there on Foundation went on to clinch the Under-17s’ compliments Leilani Haddock’s 25.23 seconds among the females and Jean-Pierre Hinds’ 22.33 for the boys.
Hannah Connell charged to victory in 24.80 seconds in the Under-20 Girls 200m while it was one and two for the Church Hill crew among the boys thanks to Jameel Miller’s 21.93 and Josiah Atkins’ 21.98.
The quickest qualifiers for the Under-13 and 15 Boys 200m hailed from St Leonard’s. Tyjah Bishop set a 26.24 seconds pace to win his heat while Jadon Pearce crossed the photo finish in 23.53 for a place in the Under-15 final.
Danica Gittens of St George slammed all-comers in the Under-15 Girls 200m and in the process produced 25.77 seconds, ahead of the 25.84 ran by Tiara Stewart of Ellerslie. Stewart was able to better her zonal record of 4.93m with a commendable 5.09m distance in the long jump.
Beside Stewart, Shahada Headley also did well for Ellerslie throwing 20.83m to win the junior girls discus while Romancia Odwin of Foundation muscled 31.76m for the Under-20 Girls discus. Tia Hinds of Harrison College captured the Under-17 women’s high jump with a 1.60m effort. Matthew Forde of Combermere with 45.35m was good enough for the Under-17 boys javelin.
It was a clean sweep for Foundation in the Under-13 800m, Deniesha Forde sprinted the one lap perimeter in 2:46.01 and Daniel Duncan clocked 2:35.65 for the boys. Duncan earlier won the long jump with a 5.05m mark while the gold medal also went to Foundation among the girls compliments Kelescia Downes with a 4.36m jump.
The other 800m winners from Foundation were Kobe Hutson in 2:14.47 in the Under-15 Boys Division and Daesha Brathwaite’s 2:28.44 topped the Under-17 Girls.
Harrison College also won a fair share of the 800 metres led by three-time CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Jones in the Under-20 division. The talented young man ran 1:56.25 for the win ahead of schoolmate Rio Williams with 1:59.00. But Jones was not as strong as last year when he ran 1:52.81 for the zonal record and 2016 when he clocked a blazing 1:51.01 for the BSSAC record.
Charissa Moore had the Harrison College flag flying with a comfortable 2:22.22 run in the Under-20 ladies 800m. Layla Haynes also did well for a 2:28.11 zonal record in the Under-15 Girls 800m.
Nathan Goddard- McCarthy of Combermere has remained consistent this season and today in the Under-17 Boys 800m, he ran 2:02.47 for the zonal record.
CARIFTA gold medallist and one of Harrison College’s top athletes Rasheem Griffith clocked 52.45 seconds to eclipse the 400m hurdles zonal record of 53.00 set last year by Rivaldo Leacock formerly of Foundation.
Aren Spencer also of Harrison College pulled away from the field in 57.98 seconds to win his heat of the Under-17 Boys 400m hurdles. St George pair of Ialpha Nedd and Natahri Sargeant ran 60.38 and 61.31 for the second and third fastest times respectively.
There was no stopping the boys from Crumpton Street in the hurdles event as Caleb Massiah represented Harrison College with distinction for a new zonal record of 41.46 seconds in the Under-15 Boys 300m.
Three other athletes set zonal records in that age group event and they are St Leonard’s duo of Jadon Pearce (41.73) and Kyle Forde- Blades (43.70) along with Dimitri Bourne of Foundation (43.72) for fourth.
Just before the hurdles, Massiah tossed the javelin 35.68m for a new zonal record that replaced 34.58m once held by Mathew Forde of Combermere. Massiah was really having a fantastic day with a new zonal record of 6.02m in the long jump as well.
Meanwhile in the Under-15 Girls, Danica Gittens of St George Secondary had the fastest 200m hurdles time, clocking 28.85 seconds ahead of the 29.77 ran by Brieanna Boyce of Alleyne School.
Yesterday she was impressive in the Under-17 Girls 100m hurdles and today Sarah Belle of Foundation remained true to form in the 300m hurdles, running 43.69 seconds for a new zonal record.
The Under-20 Girls 400m hurdles went to Drew-Ann Clarke of Springer Memorial in 68.70. Earlier in the day Clarke went over the high jump bar set at 1.55m which was second to the 1.60m reached by schoolmate Shonte Seale.
It was double honours for Foundation in the Under-20 Boys high jump won by Anderson Greaves (1.95m) and Kayode Nurse (1.80m) with the silver medal.
Today’s track and field action climaxed with the 4x400m open relays won by Foundation in both the girls and boys. In the girls Sarah Belle ran the opening leg, Rosette Hoyte delivered a strong second leg, Harrison College’s Layla Haynes tried to track Kayla Cummins of Foundation on the third leg, but Cummins held on and handed over to Chloe Lucas who finished the job.
The Boys 4x400m showdown was between Foundation and Harrison College. Brendon Hoyte running first leg gave Foundation a good lead, Delano Wickham maintained the momentum, then passed on to Shane Thorne on the third leg and then Ondre Callender was able to ensure Jonathan Jones of Harrison College did not get past him on the fourth and final leg.