West Terrace and Charles F. Broome shine on track
Today was another sizzling day of track and field action during the Patsy Callender zone of the 2015 National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) at the National Stadium. And when the din had died it was 2014 boys champions West Terrace Primary with 170.50 points and Charles F. Broome Primary’s girls with 161.50 points that had dominated proceedings
Charles F. Broome ended second overall among the boys with a total of 155 points ahead of Milton Lynch Primary on 147 in third place. Wesley Hall Junior School came fourth with 96 points and with a tally of 80 points St Stephen’s Primary took fifth place.
Last year’s female champions, St Stephen’s Primary, ended this year in second position on 143 points and will have to stamp their authority at the quarter-final stage and beyond if they are to repeat as champions. Third was West Terrace with 130 points, Bayley’s Primary were fourth 125.50 points and ending on 95 points in fifth position were the girls of Lawrence T. Gay Primary.
The Stadium was packed and those in attendance got their monies worth with top class performances from the athletes who delivered in a big way. Among those athletes was victrix ludorum Kiara Payne of St Stephen’s Primary with a total of 26 points in the under-13 girls division. Her tally was accumulated through victory in the 200m where she clocked 27.96; she also topped the long jump with 3.83m. Payne captured the second fastest time of 13.96 in the 100m which was ran in 13.71 by schoolmate Zaria Knight.
There was a tie for victor ludorum with 28 points between Yazid Daniel of Luther Thorne Primary in the under-11 boys division and Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall Juniors in the under-nine. Daniel jumped 4.02m which was the longest in his division and also ran 1:09.15 in the 400m which was the quickest. Meanwhile in the 100m Newton slammed the field in 15.17 and also in the 150m he clocked the best time of 22.78. However, he had the second fastest time of 11.94 in the 80m which was ran in 11.85 by Jayden Green of Eden Lodge primary.
Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T. Gay was the best among the under-nine girls’ with 26 points. She ran 16.31 and 23.61 to win the 100m and 150m respectively. For Bayley’s Primary Azariah Nurse scored 25 points in the under-11 girls division which gave the St Philip posse every reason to shout. She stopped the clock in the 100m at 14.78 and the 200m at 30.34 and there was no one to top that winning performance.
Caleb Massiah captured the under-13 boys division with 26 points for Charles F. Broome. Massiah ran 27.44 in the 200m and in the 400m he ran 1:06.73 behind Kobe Hutson of St Angela’s with 1:05.68. Massiah also had the second longest jump of 4.42m behind Johann Layne of Milton Lynch with 4.51m.
Both the under-seven male and female division champions tallied 18 points each. Brianna Catwell of Charles F. Broome ran 9.49 in the 50m and was second in the standing broad jump with a leap of 1.25m behind schoolmate Eboni Brathwaite who won with 1.26m. Dahrion Belgrave of Milton Lynch captured the boys’ division while winning the standing broad jump at 1.36m and clocking 9.51 behind Milton Lynch’s Keidan Norgrove’s 9.38 in the 50m.
The relays brought the curtain down on the day’s excitement and it was West Terrace that won the under-13 boys’ 4x100m and 800m sprint medley open relay. St Stephen’s won the under-11 girls’ 4x100m and Charles F. Broome the under-11 boys equivalent. Lawrence T. Gay won the under-nine girls 4x100m and Wesley Hall Juniors the 4x100m boys. The Andrea Blackett zone will take place tomorrow at the National Stadium at 10 a.m.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)