Leading the pack
Springer Memorial and Foundation ahead of the BSSAC field
It was Scotiabank Springer Memorial out front with a lead of 24 points when day one of the Esther Maynard Zone of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championship (BSSAC) took place today at the National Stadium.
The girls from Government Hill no doubt have their eyes set on championship number 17 and ensured they set the pace on the opening day of zone one with 292.50 points. But it surely will not be a stroll in the park with Christ Church Foundation trailing closely with 268.50 and Harrison College with 212.50 in third. Alleyne School held fourth position on 121 points and Combermere’s 68 points placed them in fifth spot.
The boys from Church Hill on the other hand were singing a different tune after pressing the gas the entire day to accumulate 202.50 points to take the lead ahead of St Leonard’s Boys on 160 and Combermere in third spot with 149 points. Also in the thick of things are The Alleyne School in fourth position on 143 points and Harrison College in fifth place with 129 points.
One record fell on the day and it came in the under-15 4x100m when Foundation’s relay team comprised of Dominique wood, Jaliyah Denny, Kyla Cummins and Lelani Haddock ran 49.58 seconds to erase the previous mark of 49.88 once held by Springer Memorial. The Seibert Straughn and Ricardo Carter-coached team started the day’s proceedings on a good note by winning the under-20 boys and girls three and a half laps 1500m race when Elizabeth Williams clocked 4:52.42 to top the girls and Rio Williams’ 4:23.42 put him ahead of schoolmate Joseph Parris’ 4:23.46 in a one-two finish for their school.
Harrison College then dominated the under-17 1500m compliments Kai Alleyne of Harrison College who ran 4:30.01 and Charissa Moore whose time was 5:39.64 among the girls. Meanwhile in the junior 1500m Christian Shurland of The Alleyne School ran 5:28.77 to earn her a place through to the next round in the girls and Nathan Goddard-McCarthy of Combermere School with a time of 5:02.38 stood out in the boys.
Then it was the turn of the big boys when Jaquan Hoyte of St Leonard Boys’ in the under-20 division crossed the finish line in 10.74 seconds ahead of Kevin Briggs of Foundation who clocked 10.95. The school based in Church Hill also won the under-17 ladies when Hannah Connell’s 12.29 seconds proved to be the fastest heat. They also placed first and second in the under-15 females 100m thanks to a good run by Jaliyah Denny in 12.63 and Lelanli Haddock who stopped the clock in 12.66. Janae Goodman of Foundation ran 13.45 seconds which was the best among the under-13 girls.
Kylia Smith representing Springer Memorial had the quickest time of 12.45 seconds in the under-20 girls.
Matthew Clarke of Combermere smoked the field in the under-17 boys 100m clocking 10.85 and will be one to watch come semifinals and possibly finals when he goes after Obadele Thompson’s record of 10.56 set in 1992. Foundation captured another win in the under-15 boys age group when Jean-Pierre Hinds ran 11.96. St George Secondary also had a reason to shout when Jamarco Gill’s 12.64 was the fastest among the under-13 boys.
Foundation’s Tiana Bowen ran 57.71 seconds to secure her place in the semi-final round of the under-20 girls 400m scheduled for next week Thursday. CARIFTA gold medallist Sada Williams who literally jogged her heat of the 400m in 58.34 will also join Bowen in the next round. It is clear that Williams, a 2016 qualifier in the 200m and 400m, just wanted to book her place in the final. She is also the current record holder in the 400m with a time of 54.04.
Rosette Hoyte cruised to the line in 59.60 seconds to win her section of the under-17 girls 400m while her schoolmate Kyla Cummins ran 63.05 in the under-15 category and Gabrielle Yearwood a former George Lamming darling now at Foundation slammed the field in 64.75 to come out victorious in the 400m.
The Alleyne School looked very good in the 400m when Kuron Griffith outpaced the field in 50.04 to win among the under-20 boys. The St Andrew school’s athletes also stamped their authority in the under-17 400m won by Lee-Andre Walker in 52.91. Combermere, however, spoiled their fun when Mikhail Carvalho ran 54.44 to edge Akil Howell who was timed at 55.12. Meanwhile Gill of St George also returned to have his way in the 400m which he took in a time of 59.15 seconds.
In the hurdles that are straight finals, Springer won the100m under-20 girls thanks to Sierra Coward who ran 15.60 and Julisa Jones-Smith who clocked 14.37 in the junior 75m hurdles. Hannah Connell’s 14.72 landed Foundation in the final of the under-17 100m. Nathan Crawford-Wallis’ 15.38 took Foundation into the junior boys final. Combermerian Nathan Fergusson’s 14.71 seconds earned him a place in the under-17 boys 110m, and in the under-20 boys 110m Rashad Philips of St Leonard’s Boys with a time of 15.54 was the pick among the males. The relays are also straight finals and Foundation won four of eight relays on the day while Springer Memorial, St Leonard’s Boys, St George and Combermere won one each.