Red does it again
Haynes “Red” House staved off keen competition to win their second consecutive title with 1107 points when the Alleyne School’s inter-house sports took place at the National Stadium today.
Despite top class performances from victrix ludorum Ka-Neil Gale who tallied 103 points and victor ludorum Tre Alleyne 97, Haynes still got a good run for their money from Read “Yellow” House who were second with 941 points while Alleyne “Blue” House were third on 939 points and Cumberbatch “Green” House tallied 842 points for fourth place.
Two records were broken today and among them was Gale in the under-17 girls 200m in a time of 25.60 which replaced Peta Smith’s 25.93 set back in 1999. The queen of the track at Alleyne amassed a whopping 67 points in her field events while on the track she won the 100m in 12.81 but told Barbados TODAY she missed out on the record in the 400m which she was hoping to break.
Gale ran a time of 1:00.51 which was off from the record time of 59.91 set back in 2006 by LaToya Griffith.
“I really wanted the 400 metro record but I missed it by a split second and I just tell myself that I have to leave a record at Alleyne. So I went into the 200 with the mindset that I have to break the record,” the fifth-form student said, adding that her main focus was to secure a place on the CARIFTA team and make Barbados proud.
The other record came in the under-15 girls 200m by Shemia Odaine of Haynes House in a time of 26.47 erasing the time of 26.63 set back in 2003 by Tonnya Devonish. Odaine also captured the under-15 girls division with 86 points and won the 100m in 12.87 and clocked 1:04.52 in winning the 400m.
Alleyne, who was a major contender in the under-15 boys division, did most of his events at school especially in the field events where most of his points were acquired. However Alleyne earned 30 of his 97 points today on the track when he won the100m in 12.07, along with the 200m in 24.32 and the 400m in 57.06.
Read House captured the under-20 division through Shakilla Lashley with a total of 58 points and Jediah Reid 49 points. Lashley was second in the 100m in 13.84 to Jeneva Miller’s 13.57 of Haynes House. The 200m was also won by Miller in 28.09. Shania Mayers of Cumberbatch House won the 400m in 1:12.88 ahead of Lashley who ran
1:15.74 for second.
Reid on the other hand slammed all-comers in the 100m in 11.59, as well as the 200m in 23.02 and the 400m in 54.24 seconds. Reid told Barbados TODAY he was satisfied with his overall performance and will be looking to improve his times at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship.
Kuron Griffith of Cumberbatch House registered 70 points to run away as the under-17 boys’ division champion. In the 100m he ran 11.69, while in the 200m he crossed the line in 23.52 and the 400m in 52.90 seconds which was much faster than the under-20 boys’ time.
Read House snatched the under-15 A honors through Shakron Jack and Jayden Branford did likewise in the under-13 boys’ division. Jack accumulated 58 points as he won the 400m in 1:07.04, the 100m in 13.52 and the 200m in 28.97 seconds.
Meanwhile Branford tallied 46 points but did not have as good a day on the track as he had on the field. He placed second in the 400m in 1:13.71 behind Haynes House’s Zavier Springer’s 1:10.60 while in the 200m he came a disappointing eighth.
Cumberbatch secured the under-15 A girls division thanks to Kellisa Kelly with 66 points. Sakena Massiah with a tally of 48 was the best among the under-13 girls.
Kelly for her total won the 400m in 1:11.13, but came second with a time of 14.72 in the 100m behind Ranisha Forde-Morris of Read House who ran 13.65. In the 200m she served up 30.83 which was the third fastest time in the race won by Forde-Morris in 27.23 seconds.
Massiah clocked 1:11.13 to win the 400m in her division but was defeated by housemate Marisa Corbin who ran 14.30 and 30.18 in the 100m and 200m respectively.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)