Skinner House all the way
Skinner House now stands on the podium as the new champions of Alexandra’s Inter-house sports held today at the National Stadium.
There was no need for a recount at the end of the championship because Skinner decked in their light blue colours did not only defeat the four other houses on the track but they did so by a massive 922.6 points, more than 200 points ahead of the second-placed Arnold “Dark Blue” House’s 699.2. Oneal “Yellow” House were third with 693.7 points while last year’s champions Frederick ‘Red’ House had to settle for fourth with 649 points and Lyson “Green” House took fifth place with 500.8.
Skinner House had two track queens who dominated both the under-20 and under-13 division and in the process captured the victrix ludorum title in the senior and junior categories.
Shadae Worrell topped the juniors girls when she ended the day with a total of 48 and signalled her intentions at the start of the day’s proceeding by winning the 800m in 3:12.80 ahead of teammate Rianna Hinds in a time of 3:19.54. She also delivered in the 100m and 200m with times of 14.36 and 30.67 respectively. The 400m was a different story when Shaneeza Rasheed of Arnold House went out hard in the first 300m and kicked for home with a good effort of 1:12.55 ahead of Worrell 1:20.27 for second.
Senior victrix Tianna Catlyn was all about business and clearly has a liking for the quarter-mile event. She won the under-20 girls 800m with ease in 3:37.64 to cross the finish line ahead of Lee-ann Martindale of Arnold in 3:54.79. She also stamped her authority as the fastest girl at the school when she clocked 13.62 and to show it was not a fluke she came back and won the 200m in 28.43 along with the 400m in 1:09.60. Those victories went to her overall tally of 53 points.
Alexandra will no doubt be looking to leave some sort of impression at this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship and they have a mini Bolt by the name of Thierry Jordan in the under-15 division who will definitely give other schools a run for their money.
The junior victor ludorum with 56 points was like a bullet clocking 58.26 in the 400m. He was again like a runaway train winning the 200m in 24.83 and in the 100m he also left the field in his wake with a good run of 12.21. He collected 56 points for Arnold House.
Jordan, the son of Annastacia Jordan a former Barbadian athlete and Pedro, a former Barbados youth cricketer, told Barbados TODAY that 2015 was a rough year for him competing but this year he was more focused and ready for the challenge ahead.
“I am very impressed with myself. I have been training hard because last year I did not peak as I would have liked and I had to switch clubs and now I am doing well,” said the former St Stephen’s Primary pupil, who switched from University of the West Indies Blackbirds track club to Quantum Leap under the guidance of Gabriel Burnett. The 14-year-old has his eyes set on breaking the 200m and 400m at BSSAC and also to book his ticket for the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) track meet this year.
Another bright prospect for Alexandra at BSSAC will be a young man by the name of Agyei Phillips-Dectiville of Frederick House. The 17-year-old ended what may have been his final year at the school on a good note with 70 points to take senior victor ludorum honours. Phillips-Dectiville was the chief commander in the under-20 boys division winning the 800m with a time of 2:11.65. He was also first in the 400m running 53.76, his long strides allowed him to also capture the 200m in 23.94 and he showed in the 100m that he can also sprint winning in a time of 11.51.
Shonita Brome, another brand name athlete in Alexandra’s line-up, has fully recovered from injury and told Barbados TODAY she is ready for competition this year and intends to go out hard for her school and make the CUT team. Brome of Oneal House only featured in one race of the day and that was the 800m in which cruised to the line in 2:46.64 to make light work of all-comers.