Speed to burn
Youngsters set Stadium ablaze with record performances
Nine records were shattered today as All Saints Primary and St Jude’s Primary dominated the Anton Norris Zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship at the National Stadium.
All Saints produced a spectacular showing in the girls’ competition with 164.50 points, Hillaby Turner’s Hall Primary took second place with 152.50 and third place went to The People’s Cathedral Primary with 99.50. Belmont Primary held on for fourth position with 90 points and Cuthbert Moore Primary rounded off the top five with 82 points.
The boys of St Jude’s Primary should be proud of their excellent performance after topping the zone with 154.50. All Saints Primary showed good all-round form taking second place with 119.83 points while St Matthew’s Primary placed third with 107 points. Fourth place went to The People’s Cathedral with 104 points and Hillaby Turner’s Hall were fifth with 97 points.
In one of the first races of the day in the open boys’ 800m, Rashad Pearce of St Martin’s Mangrove Primary set a new mark of 2:36:62 to remove the previous time of 2:39:30 from the record books. Meanwhile in the field events Tyrique Bailey-Edwards of Cuthbert Moore Primary moved the previous record of 3.94 up to 4.09 in the under-11 boys’ long jump.
The Under-nine girls’ cricket ball throw produced two record breaking performances by Zania Mascoll of Cuthbert Moore Primary with 26.44 and Ciara King of A DaCosta Edwards with a throw of 25.61 which replaced the old distance of 24.40. Gordon Greenidge Primary athlete Jadan Harris showed a strong arm in producing a magnificent throw of 53.03 in the under-11 boys’ throw to break the 50.05 which was set by a former Gordon Greenidge student Tyrick Walters back in 2011.
Belmont Primary’s Aaliyah Trotman wrote her name in the record books in the open girls’ high jump when she jumped 1.21 to remove the 1.20 standard set by Stephanie Forte-Pilgrim who was a former student of Belmont primary in 2009. Meanwhile in the relays three records were broken in the 4×100 metres relay. The first one came in the under-11 girls’ when Mount Tabor Primary erased the old record of 1:01.00 while setting a new time of 1:00:63. In the under-13 girls’ The People’s Cathedral ran 56.81 seconds and Hillaby Tuner’s Hall Primary clocked 57.24 seconds as they both went better than the 58.29 seconds set by Mount Tabor Primary in 2009.
The most outstanding male and female athletes both came from the under-nine division. Krissaria Balantyne of Cuthbert Moore Primary was the most outstanding female with 30 points after winning the 150m in 24:34 seconds, 100m in 16:15 seconds and the 80m dash in 13:20. Tyrease Holder of St Jude’s Primary topped the males with 30 points after slamming the field to win the 80m dash in 12:17 seconds, the 150m in 23:78 seconds and the 100m in 15:27 seconds. Ialpha Nedd of A DaCosta Edwards Primary topped the under-13 category with 26 points. He won the 200m sprint in a time of 27:76 seconds with Jamali Medford of Blackman and Gollop Primary placing second in 28.36 and Ranaldo Nicholls of St Judes Primary taking third place in a time of 28.62.
Nedd came second in the 100m in 13:81 which was won by The People’s Cathedral’s Jayde Germaine in 13:55 while Nicholls ran 13:83 for third. Nedd also got the second fastest time in the 400m with 1:04:48. This race was won by Enrique Sealy of Cuthbert Moore who clocked 1:04:81. Hillaby Turner’s Hall’s Rickyla Fagan dominated the under-13 girls’ with 26 points. She won the 400m – which seemed to be her pet event – in a time of 1:09:63. However she had to settle for second position in both the 100m and 200m.
While she did a time of 14:12 in the former race, Reann Phillips of St Bartholomew Primary outdid her in style with a time of 14:04. Fagan ran 28:61 in the 200m but Priye Olutayo’s 28:59 seconds gave those winning points to People’s Cathedral.
Tyrique Edwards-Bailey with 22 points had an outstanding day for Cuthbert Moore Primary. After his record-breaking performance in the high jump, he returned to place second in the 400m in a time of 1:11:78 with Tashawn Rowe of St Martin’s Mangrove Primary stealing the show in a time of 1:11:31 in the under-11 division. Barbados and West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn’s daughter Sumara Benn showed that sporting prowess didn’t end with her dad. She won the 100m sprint in a time of 14:93 and the 200m in 30:58 for Blackman Gollop Primary in the under-11 girls’ division, earning 20 points.
Belmont Primary’s Jakaria Jones-Smith gave her schoolmates something to shout about when she won the under-seven division with 18 points. She buried the field in the 50m dash clocking 9:79 seconds and then placed second in the broad standing long jump with a distance of 1.36.
A DaCosta Edwards’ Renicia Sealy came first with a leap of 1.41 which created a new record. St Jude’s Primary’s Kiron Padmore won the under-seven division with 15 points after winning the tennis ball throw in 22.38.