Five records broken at NAPSAC
Those who participated in the Andrea Blackett zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championships did the former top hurdler proud as five records were smashed and one equalled at the National Stadium today.
At the end of the day St Cyprian’s Boy’s had repeated as zonal champions with 181 points, followed by Ellerton Primary on 166 points and St Albans Primary with 140.50 for third place. Welches Primary and Good Shepherd Primary had a close battle for fourth position but in the end Welches scored 137 to edge out Good Shepherd who ended on 135.50.
There was stiff competition among the girls which ended with a tie between Good Shepherd and Selah Primary who both tallied 174 points while St Albans were third with 142 points, Ignatius Byer Primary fourth with 111 and St Silas Primary fifth with 101 points.
The Stadium had one commander-in-chief today and that was Shamari Addison of St Albans Primary. Addison broke two of the five records and equalled one when he delivered big wins in the under-nine boys 80m dash in which he matched the 12.15 record; and in the 100m he produced a rousing 22.46 seconds to erase the previous 23.02 from the record books. In the 150m he ran 14.99 which replaced the previous mark of 15.20. He earned 30 points overall to walk away as victor ludorum.
Other records which fell on the day came from among the field events and included Kaleisha Freeman of St Lawrence Primary in the under-nine division when she jumped 3.30m and in the process replaced the old mark of 2.82m. Shahada Headley of Good Shepherd Primary in the under-13 girls’ cricket ball event produced a throw of 43.98m which made the former record of 42.26m look like nothing. Rashawn Holder of Good Shepherd equalled the record of 1.25m in the open boys high jump. Jahleel Armstrong also played an important role for his school and broke the 800m open record of 2:36.59 to install a new time of 2:35.20 earlier in the day.
Loticia Carmichael with 28 points for Selah Primary in the under-11 girls division was victrix ludorum. She ran 30.84 in the 200m; in the long jump she jumped 3.59m; and in the 400m she ran 1:14.10 which was behind the 1:13.57 ran by Brieanna Boyce of St Joseph Primary.
St Cyprian’s Boys had a fantastic showing today thanks mainly to under-11 boys division champion Fozlo Brewster with a tally of 22 points. Brewster had the strongest arm with a throw of 47.68m in the cricket ball event and ran the 400m in 1:13.65 which was the closest time to the 1:12.08 ran by Kaden Brewster of Good Shepherd Primary.
St John Primary were also in the mix and captured the under-nine girls’ division title through Dashara Hunte who tallied 22 points. Hunte stole the show in the 100m with a time of 16.18 but not so in the 80m in which she ran 13.28 which was the third fastest time behind Emily Shepherd of St Albans who ran 13.11 and Reunesha Lashley of Ignatius Byer 13.26.
In the under-13 division Selah Primary stole the girls’ bragging rights thanks to Kayla Depeiza with her total of 22 points while Joshua Phillips of Welches Primary earned 23 points. In the 200m Depeiza ran 29.71 seconds, behind the 28.85 ran by Janea Goodman of Hill Top Primary and in the 400m she produced 1:12.31 which wasn’t close to the 1:09.54 delivered by Shakacia Watson of Good Shepherd. Meanwhile Phillips ran 28.71 in the boys 200m, and 1:06.73 in the 400m which was good only for second place to the 1:05.81 ran by Jahleel Armstrong of Welches Primary.
Jaquan Williams of Good Shepherd captured the under-seven boys division with 16 points for his efforts in the standing broad jump which he won at 1.39m. But he only managed the third fastest time in the 50m dash with 9.39 seconds, behind Selah Primary’s Shawniko Blades-Connell who ran 9.12 and Zion Ifill of St Cyprian’s who stopped the clock at 9.23.
Teseria Alleyne of St Albans grabbed 16 points in the under-seven girls while running 9.88 in the 50m dash and jumping 1.17m in the standing broad jump which was won by Alleyah Graham of Providence Elementary with a distance of 1.17 and Dominique Bailey also in at 1.17m.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)