Ellerslie's tyros paint stadium blue
Yuriko Harewood’s impressive showing helped Straughn “Blue” House to their third consecutive title with 1089.50 points during Ellerslie School’s inter-house sports at the National Stadium today.
Thanks to Harewood who led the charge with 60 points in the under-17 division and victor ludorum Keymar Holligan with 58.50 points in the under-17 boys showdown, Blue House were able to recapture their trophy and in the process keep Gooding “Green” House in second position on 943 points while Gold “Brathwaite” House and Trotman “Red” House with 878.50 and 641 points came third and fourth respectively.
Gooding House’s efforts to overhaul the winners was not helped by the conspicuous absence from the track of their and one of the school’s top sprinters Toriann Alleyne of the Rising Stars Track and Field Club.
Harewood who trains with Freedom Striders Club dismissed all-comers in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and the 1500m. She also broke the under-17 girls’ long jump record with a new mark of 4.96m which replaced the 4.48m once held by former student Ashley Branch in 2005.
The young upcoming talent told Barbados TODAY if she had her way in the 200m today she would have set a new time but because of her slow start and failure to push as hard as she had wanted that dream did not come true.
However looking ahead she has her sights set on qualifying for CARIFTA through her pet event which is the high jump and doing well at this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC).
“I think I did not start out hard enough but I finished well. It is just my starts I have to work on. I am trying to see if I can make it to the CARIFTA team and I will need to jump 1.70m if I am to get there,” Harewood said. She added: “I will start from now going to my training, working out harder to make that team and my focus will be to clear 1.70m because right now I am jumping 1.60m.”
When questioned about her readiness for BSSAC the 15- year-old gave her full assurance that she would be pulling out all the stops in the 200m especially and the high jump to make herself and Ellerslie supporters proud.
One would have expected Harewood to take away the victrix ludorum trophy but it was Gabrielle Nicholls of Gooding House with 62 points who took that honour. Nicholls broke the under-20 girls’ shot put with a throw of 9.90m to remove the old mark of 9.40m established by Carilita Redman in 1984.
On the track Nicholls won the 400m and 800m but settled for second in the 100m and 200m which were won by Shanyah Cheltenham of Green House. She was also third in the javelin with a distance of 12.63m which separated her and Harewood for the coveted victrix ludorum title.
Ricia Holligan of Blue House broke the under-17 girls shot-put with a throw of 9.82m to erase the 9.40m also set by Redman back in 1984.
Blue House really dominated the under-17 division and Keymar Holligan for his 58.50 points won the 400m, 1500m, discus and javelin and was second in the 200m and third in the shot put. Quadre Smith of Green House was impressive in the under-20 boys division. Smith was the show stopper in the 100m, 200m and 400m which he won with some style. In the long jump he was second and tallied 46 points for his house.
Another outstanding performer on the day was Chassang Rayshon who scored 54 points for Red House in the under-15 boys division. Dondria Alleyne of Blue House captured the under-15 girls’ division with 38 points.
Meanwhile in the boys under-15 age category Malek Holder of Green House won with a tally of 29 points and Asia Foster took the girls’ bragging rights with 40 points for Blue.
Gold House delivered big in the under-13 division through Rashaun Haynes with 30 points and Ronnisha Griffith with 34 among the boys.