St Michael School Cougars set the pace and finished predictably as two-time double crown defending champions of the Frank Blackman Zone at the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship held at the National Stadium today.
St Michal School girls tallied a massive 450.50 points, way ahead of the 231 by Burger King Lester Vaughan in second position and the 185 points of Queen’s College who were third. Alexandra fell three points below on 182 for fourth and The Lodge School with 180 points were fifth.
St Michael School’s boys were also destructive having tallied 420 points in the male standings which were a whopping 143 points ahead of the 277 by Queen’s College who finished second. Lester Vaughan scored 273 for third, Lodge 249 were fourth and Coleridge and Parry 249 placed in the top five.
Just as they did in the 100m and 400m yesterday, St Michael School also featured well in the 200m in which they captured four out of the eight divisions.
Joshua Collymore broke the 27 seconds barrier with a 26.76 run in the Under-13 Boys 200m, Darian Clarke was again impressive in the Under-17 Boys, crossing the photo finish in 22.56 seconds and Antoni Hoyte- Small 22.30 in the Under-20 Males. Ashlee Lowe did the double for St Michael School having secured the fastest qualifying time in the 100m yesterday and returned today for a 24.86 seconds showing in the 200m.
Samiya Dell registered 27.43 seconds on the stop clock for second and Skye Spencer- Layne 27.53 for third but they were unable to prevent Dania Lewis of Alexandra from sprinting home in 27.34 seconds for the fastest qualifying time in the 200m.
Sean Raphael of Queen’s College sped to victory in a time of 23.71 seconds for the Under-15 Boys 200m while Kamille Gaskin-Griffith also represented the Husband’s, St James-based institution well running 25.75 seconds in the Under-17 females.
Frederick Smith was also in winners’ circle thanks to a 24.76 seconds unstoppable pace by Aaliyah Agard in the Under-15 Girls 200m. So good was Agard’s time that she ran faster than Lowe in the Under-20 Girls.
The opening race on track was the hurdles and St Michael School stamped their authority to come out victorious in three respective divisions.
The Under-20 Girls 400m hurdles event was very competitive between Shonita Brome of Alexandra running 64.00 for silver behind eventual winner and new zonal record holder Rhea Hoyte of St Michael School 63.42 to eclipse the 65.02 previously held by Brome.
CARIFTA qualifiers Kyle Gale and Nathan Fergusson won the Under-17 and 20 Boys 400m hurdles for St Michael School. The former (Gale) blazed to victory in 55.07 seconds for gold while Fergusson dismissed the competition in 52.90 seconds and was 12 split seconds short of Rasheem Griffith’s 52.88 zonal record.
Princess Margaret ruled the Under-17 Girls hurdles race thanks to Anika Blackman making the 300m distance in 46.24 seconds, ahead of the 46.98 ran by Vivica Addison of Lester Vaughan for the second fastest time. The Under-15 Girls 200m hurdles went to Elvisha Price also of Princess Margaret in 30.70 seconds while Brandon Downes of Alexandra ran a relatively smooth race in a time of 42.17 seconds for the Under-15 Boys 300m hurdles win.
St Michael School also scored points in the two-lap 800m race compliments Asia Foster winning the Under-17 female category in 2:27.34 and Jahzara Holford 2:39.66 topped the Under-13 Girls.
Queen’s College clinched two Divisions in the Boys 800m when John Clarke ran 2:16.10 in the Under-15 and Samuel Alkins with a blazing run in the Under-17 category, stopped the clock at 2:04.46 which was way ahead of the 2:10.48 ran by Daemon Dawson of The Lodge School.
The other top performers in the 800m were Ke-mani Maynard of Lester Vaughan (2:31.56) in the Under-13 Boys, Mary Fraser of Daryll Jordan (2:24.78) for the Under-20 female honours and Tafari Bishop of Coleridge and Parry (1:56.81) in the Under-20 males.
Shanice Hutson set a new BSSAC record in the shot put yesterday, and today she produced a new zonal throw of 40.16m in the Under-17 Girls discus event that replaced her former mark of 30.98m. Seth Edward of St Michael School set a zonal record in the discus yesterday, and today he did the same in the Under-20 Boys shot put. He threw 14.76m that surpassed the 14.43m set in 2016 by Triston Gibbons of Harrison College, who is the current BSSAC record holder in that event with a massive 18.63 throw which he executed three days ago in the Esther Maynard Zone.
It was the St Michael School show yet again on day two of the field events with gold medal performances by Skye Spencer-Layne pulling off a 4.71m measurement in the Under-13 Girls long jump. It was one, two for St Michael School in the junior girls’ discus which was won by Tennille Chapman- Goodluck with a 28.21m distance and Kayleigh Catwell 20.25m for the silver. The Under-20 Girls discus winner was Kenya Alleyne of St Michael School with a 29.07m performance.
Queen’s College also scored points in the field when Nicholas Grimes won two events in the Under-17 Boys’ javelin registering 47.33m and a modest 13.98m in the shot put. Alysha Mascoll also of Queen’s College landed at 4.73m in the Under-15 Girls long jump while Nathan Wiltshire of Princess Margaret produced a 37.19m throw in the junior boys’ javelin.
Vivica Addison of Lester Vaughan went over the Under-17 Girls high jump bar at 1.55m while Primus Walrond captured the Boys equivalent at 1.75m.
Ryshon Williams of The Lodge School was a clear winner with a 1.91m height in the Under-20 Boys’ high jump. Kamari Slocombe of Coleridge and Parry took the Under-13 Boys’ long jump with a 4.63m mark and his schoolmate Kasim Connell competing in the junior boys shot put won with a 10.86m throw.
Alexandra also did well in the Under-15 Boys’ long jump thanks to Aaron Cumberbatch with a 5.34m leap.
St Michael School swept the Girls and Boys 4x400m open relay in 4. 02.23 and 3:17.13 respectively.