St Alban’s, Good Shepherd set the pace in Andrea Blackett Zone
St Alban’s Primary now sit on the throne in the Andrea Blackett Zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) which was held today at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex. Good Shepherd Primary also retained their girls’ title.
St Alban’s crossed the finish line with 200.50 points ahead of last year champions St Cyprian’s Boys who were unable to do the double and had to settle for second with 193 points. They were followed by St Silas in third place with 89.50 points. Good Shepherd Primary’s 87 points earned them fourth position while St Lawrence’s 80 points landed them in fifth spot.
Good Shepherd Primary controlled proceedings all day and finished with 177.50 points, ahead of second placed Ignatius Byer on 156 and St Alban’s with 144.50 in third place. Coming in fourth were Selah Primary with 121 points while St Joseph Primary ended with 114 points for fifth position.
Twelve records were broken on the day and joint victrices ludorum hailed from the under-13 division with Shakacia Watson of Good Shepherd Primary and Aaliyah Agard of Ignatius Byer tallying 28 points. They were among the record-breaking performances with Watson running 1:05.00 to replace the 1:06.50 mark in the under-13 girls 400m. Brieanna Boyce of St Joseph Primary also clocked 1:05.96 to go under the previous time in that same race. In the girls’ open 600m Watson’s 1:54.37 was the fastest time but her 29.42 was unable to top the 200m as Agard stamped her authority in her heat with an impressive run of 28.62 to erase the 28.78 once held by Lagina Colucci. She wasn’t finished there and blazed the track in the 100m in a time of 13.63 to dismiss the former record of 14.09.
Good Shepherd also set a new mark through Shahada Headley who strong-armed the cricket ball throw with a distance of 45.75m to erase the previous record of 42.26m in the under-13 girls division.
There were three records broken in the high jump event. In the boys open Micah Blair of St Winifred’s and Malique Griffith of St Silas Primary equalled the height of 1.25m. While in the girls’ high jump, Emma Hodgkinson of St Winifred’s equalled the 1.23m record.
Meanwhile in the relays, four records also went tumbling when St Alban’s girls won the under-nine girls 4x100m in 1:08.29 and St Alban’s boys did likewise in the under-nine 4x100m when they ran 1:03.99. Ignatius Byer in the under-13 girls 4x100m relay ran 57.39 ahead of St John Primary’s 58.61 as both schools broke the previous mark in that event.
Victor ludorum honours went to Azikiwe Pierre of St Silas Primary in the under-13 boys division. Pierre ended with a total of 28 points that resulted from winning the 100m in 14.35 and the 400m in 1:06.88. He however clocked 28.89 in the 200m, behind the tall Jadon Pierce of Hill Top Preparatory who ran 28.62 seconds.
In the under-11 girls showdown Aaliyah Carrington of St Lawrence Primary finished the day with 24 points to top that division. She ran 31.65 to win the 200m but her time of 15.61 in the 100m earned her second place behind the 15.50 seconds clocked by Shareeyah Boyce of Selah Primary.
St Alban’s had no reason to fear because Shamari ‘Super Mari’ Addison was large and in charge in the under-11 boys category. Addison was victor ludorum at the NAPSAC final last year and compiled 24 points today that came from winning the 200m in 29.36 and copping third position in both the 100m and 400m. In then 200m he ran 15.06 behind first placed Amari Forde of St Cyprian’s (14.60) and Kamari Slocombe of Selah (14.93). In the 400m Thiery Alleyne’s 1:11.33 got him first place ahead of Kaliq Ashby’s 1:11.50 and Addison’s 1:13.22.
Jayden Cummings of Good Shepherd was in excellent form in the under-nine boys category. He won the 80m dash in 12.57 and the 100m in 16.05 but had to settle for third in the 150m running 24.27 behind Jordyn Adams of St Cyprian’s 23.40 for first place. Among the under-nine girls Amara Harewood’s 25 points meant she ruled that division. She won the 80m in 13.15 and the 100m in 16.35 and took fifth spot in the 150m.
Meanwhile Chekobi Moore of Selah Primary tallied 16.50 points to top the under-seven boys and Janey Husbands of St Alban’s 13 points ensured her bragging rights among the under-seven girls.