Kings and queens
Springer's class; Foundation's challenge
Springer Memorial have picked up the stagger and now lead the girls with a commanding 87 points while Christ Church Foundation School are ahead on 57.50 points in boys action, on day two of the Powerade- sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (BSSAC).
At the start of today’s proceedings at the National Stadium the reigning queens were down by six points to the Burger King-sponsored Lester Vaughan who led on day one with 19 points. Today Springer won the majority of their field events in which they had about two or three participants. The closest to Springer’s tally is Christ Church Foundation School who now sit in second position on a mere 30 points and Lester Vaughan third with 29.50. Daryll Jordan tallied 29 for fourth while Queen’s College and the St Michael School are tied for fifth on a total of 23.
The boys’ points standings are usually close but Foundation must be given credit for jumping from third into the top spot after being down to Lester Vaughan yesterday. Harrison College has crept into second position on 47.50 points with half a point separating them from Lester Vaughan on 47. Coleridge and Parry with a tally of 45 points have moved into fourth place while St Leonard’s Boys who were in fourth are now in fifth on 42.
There were a few record-breaking performances and among them was Mary Fraser of Daryll Jordan in the girls open 3000m. It was a stellar performance from Fraser who broke her own 3000m record of 11:03.58 set back in 2011. The versatile athlete allowed second place Elizabeth Williams of Foundation to lead the majority of the race and then put in an extra gear on the final lap to pass Williams quite comfortably and stopped the clock at 10:36.54 to put her name in the record books once again.
The girls’ open pentathlon continued today and the St Michael School had something to shout about when Danielle Scantlebury clocked 2:42.50 in the 800m and erased the 2:46.10 set by Adrianna Sobers in 2014. In the under-20 boys’ shot put, Dequan Lovell of St George Secondary produced a giant throw of 17.40m to smash the 15.76m previously held by John Jones of Graydon Sealy.
Shaniqua Quintyne of Combermere did not break any records but won the long jump of the pentathlon with 4.86m.
A number of finals took place throughout the day in the field events. Winmalecia Bowen of Springer Memorial won the under-20 shot put with a throw of 11.30m which was a cut above the 10.76m by Tianna Clarke of Daryll Jordan. Rashana Thorne of Springer captured gold when she threw the junior girls javelin at a distance of 26.38m.
The under-13 girls’ long jump was another success story for the Government Hill ladies who finished one
and two thanks to Julisa Jones-Smith who won with a leap of 4.64m and Khadeja Straughn 4.49m for second.
Harrison College really did well to bounce back and Aren Spencer who won the under-13 boys’ long jump with
5.08m was one of the main contributors. Kai Alleyne also of Harrison College must be given credit for a great performance in the boys’ 3000m in which he stopped the clock at 10:23.90. Luke Hinkson of St George ran 10:24.30 which was good enough for second and 10:25.10 earned Lamar Mayers of St Leonard’s third place.
There was no stopping Aria Small of Queen’s College who claimed the under-17 girls’ high jump at 1.61m. Fellow schoolmate Seth Edwards won the under-17 discus with his throw of 43.60m which was simply unbeatable despite efforts of 34.95m from silver medallist Triston Gibbons of Coleridge and Parry and 34.43m byJustin Adams-Yearwood of Foundation.
The longest throw in the junior boys’ javelin was 46.06m by Enrique Babb of Coleridge and Parry who won easily.
In the under-15 boys high jump Clevonne Moore of Frederick Smith Secondary made his school proud when he jumped 1.60m.
Day two at today’s BSSAC climaxed with the preliminaries of both the girls and boys 4x400m relays in which Springer Memorial advanced in a time of 4:05.21 thanks to efforts from Kylia Smith, Tricia Phillips, Danielle Pollard and Tristan Evelyn. Closest to that time was Graydon Sealy with 4:10.91 and Harrison College, 4:16.61.
Meanwhile Lester Vaughan stallions of Rivaldo Leacock, Stephen Griffith, Michael Nicholls and Kevin Briggs
who anchored stopped the clock at 3:17.37 which was better than the 3:22.16 ran by Foundation and the 3:23.16 delivered by The Lodge School.