St. Catherine’s Primary took charge of the Obadele Zone as the National Primary Schools Athletic Championships got going today in sunny conditions at the National Stadium.
The rural school topped the girls’ standings with 173.50 hard-earned points and their male counterparts were not too far behind with 151 points to take control of second position. Second behind St Catherine’s in the girls was St James Primary with 165 points; St Philip’s Primary were third with 106 points; St Mark’s Primary were fourth with 105 points and rounding off the top five were the athletes from Half Moon Fort Primary with 76.
Meanwhile in the boys’ competition St Philip’s boys took command of the day’s proceedings with 161 points; Workman’s Primary ended the day in third place with 151 points; St Margaret’s Primary were fourth with 101 points and completing the top five with 96 points were the very completive youngsters from St.James.
Among the record-breaking performances was Khadejah Straughan of St Philip’s Primary who smashed the under-13 girls’ 100 metros record in a new time of 13.83 seconds erasing the previous mark of 14.22. In the Under-seven boys’ Demetre Nicholls-George of St. Ambrose broke the standing board jump record of 1.39 replacing it with a distance of 1.36.
Khadejah Straughan was the victrix ludorum with 30 points for for St Philip’s Primary while Nazeer Marshall captured the boys’ honours with 28 points.
The first order of the day was the girls’ open 600 metres in which Rynell Weekes of St Catherine’s Primary had the fastest time of 2:15.38 while team colleague Tiara Griffith followed behind in a time of 2:17.78 and Jade Roberts of St Phillip
The 800 metres open for boys followed and St Philip’s Nathan McCollin and Zavion Nurse had a stirring battle as the former ran 2:50.61 and the latter 2:52.31 respectively. St Catherine’s Todd Miller finished in third place with a time of 2:53.78.
In the under-13 400 metres Arrigo Aymes of St Margaret’s Primary stormed through to the finish line with the fastest time of 1:10.77, while Akini Thomas of Half Moon Fort finished with the second fastest time of 1:12.22. Nathan McCollin of St Philip’s Primary took third place in a time of1:13.17.
Workman’s Primary’S Jamiya Best proved to be the fastest in the girls’ 400 metres after running a time of 1:14.38. St James Primary’s Janeerah Wiltshire ran well but could not catch Best, ending with a time of 1:15.15. St Mark’s Primary Ikazela Samuels kept up with the pace but eventually faded and had to be satisfied with third position, clocking 1:16.03.
Both the under-13 boys and girls’ 200 metres were won by St Philip’s Primary. Miguel Mondesir won the boys’ race in 28.40 seconds followed closely by teammate Ju-Sean Shepherd in 29.49. The girls’ equivalent was won by Khadejah Straughan in 28.95 seconds while Workman’s Primary’s Jamiya Best had to settle for second this time around in 29.60.
Nazeer Marshall of Chalky Mount was the fastest boy in the under-11 200 metros in a time of 30.57 seconds, St. Mark’s Primary J’Nov Davis ran 30.78 for second spot and Jamari Benn of Half Moon Fort Primary took third place in 30.84 seconds.
Ti-Juanna Welch of Wills Primary ran the fastest in the
Under-11 200 metres with a time of 31.76 seconds, Tiana Coward of St. Margaret’s finished second in 33.05 seconds and Jakayda Clarke of St. James Primary ran 33.78 for third. Welch was also the fastest in the 100 metres in a time of 15.10.
Tamika Husband was dominant in both the Under-nine girls’ 150 and 100 metres respectively. She won the latter in 16.52 seconds while she ran a time of 25.40 in the former.
Shaydon Hinkson of St Margaret’s Primary won the 100m under-nine boys’ in 15.78 ahead of Trinity Academy Primary’s Joshua Collymore and Sean Toppin of Boscobel Primary.
As fast as Nazeer Marshall was in the 200m he was even faster in the 100m winning in a time of 14.89 which proved too fast for J’Nov Davis of St Mark’s Primary who had to settle for second place again in 14.90.
As the races were taking place so too were some of the field events and in the under-13 boys’ long jump, Alexander Grainger of Workman’s Primary jumped a distance of 3.84 to take that event. Nathan Mullin of St Catherine’s had a distance of 3.59 for second and Workman’s Primary Amitto Gibbons jumped 3.53 metres for third.
Khadejah Straughan had a great day both on and off the track and in the Under-13 long jump, she was too good for the competition jumping a distance of 3.78. Trinity Academy got second spot with 3.54 compliments of Kayla-Rae Hinckson and Rashaunea Jordan of St Catherine’s took third with a distance of 3.47.
The under-11 boys’ cricket ball throw was all about St. CatherineTre Jordan who threw a distance of 42.32, St Bernard’s Primary’s Shatori Evelyn threw 41.64 and Kadamie Nurse of Workman’s had a distance of 40.73.
The Under-nine boys’ also had the opportunity to swing their arms and Ryheem Callender added to St Catherine’s successes on the day after throwing a distance of 31.00. Keshon Eastmond of St James threw a distance of 28.10 and Ajani Williams of St Bernard’s throw of 27.20 was only good enough to give him third position.
St James Primary captured most of the relays winning five of those events.