The pace is set
Bayley’s Primary, Hilda Skeene in charge at NAPSAC
Bayley’s Primary and Hilda Skeene have set the pace with ten points each heading into the finals of the Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) held today at the Usain Bolt Stadium.
Following Bayley’s in second place is St Paul’s Primary on 8.50 points in the female standings. St Giles Primary has eight points for third place while Charles F. Broome and Good Shepherd are jointly tied in fourth position on five points each.
The boys’ competition is much tighter with one point separating first placed Hilda Skeene from second placed Bay Primary with nine points. Bayley’s are in third place on eight points while defending male champions West Terrace and Blackman and Gollop are in fourth spot on 4.50 points respectively.
Kadari Webster was definitely one of the favourites going into today’s open boys high jump final. Webster went over the bar at a height of 1.40m but was unable to erase Kemar Jones of Charles F. Broome’s 12-year-old record of 1.53m set back in 2004. Second place went to main rival Josh Newton of Bayley’s for his effort of 1.37m and Kemar Butler of Bay Primary jumped 1.34m to earn third place.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ open high jump final Bayley’s are ahead thanks to Charity Cumberbatch going over the bar at 1.32m to take the win. Amariah Williams of St Giles had to settle for second with 1.29m along with Saskia Ward of St Paul’s who also jumped the same height.
Today’s semifinal had only two heats with the top three automatically advancing and the next best two times booking a place in the finals. It should be an interesting final come next week and with the under-13 and under-11 divisions featuring the big names it should be an intense showdown.
In the under-13 girls category Shakacia Watson of Good Shepherd Primary clocked the fastest time in the 400m sprinting 1:04.13. Watson also secured a place in the 600m with the second quickest time of 1:52.11 and she will come up against Jahzara Holford who won her heat of the 600m girls in 1:51.20. Holford also took the under-11 girls 400m in 1:07.93.
The under-13 girls 200m battle will feature Naomi Forde-Hinds of St Paul’s sprinting 27.84 and she should receive much pressure from Azariah Nurse of Bayley’s Primary (27.94) and Aaliyah Agard of Ignatius Byer (28.02). The 100m on the other hand will be a different story because Agard’s time of 13.17 places her ahead of the 13.31 clocked by Forde-Hinds.
St Stephen’s Primary have a top gun at their disposal and his name is Chaz Searles who proved to be a major factor when he slammed the field in a time of 27.03 to win the 200m and 12.98 for the under-13 boys 100m. The boys 400m in that division will be a close affair between Josh Newton of Bayley’s (1:02.06) and Amir Gustav of Bay Primary (1:02.18). Newton also dominated the boys 800m open running 2:29.34.
Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary ran a time of 29.33 seconds to edge Skye Spencer-Layne of West Terrace (29.68) in the under-11 girls 200m. Dell and Spencer-Layne will need to dig deep in the 100m if they are to defeat Kelescia Downes of Arthur Smith who has a time of 14.16 seconds.
Bayley’s have two of the fastest times in the under-11 boys 400m compliments of Shaquan Belle (1:06.24) and Daniel Duncan (1:06.24) respectively. In the 200m Jayden Greene (28.33) will have to be wary of Shamari Addison of St Alban’s who has ran a time of 28.81. Amari Forde of St Cyprian’s Boys has a time of 13.71 to be top among the males in the100m.
The boys under-nine field has one commander-in-chief it seems and his name is Joshua Moore of West Terrace Primary who out paced all-comers in the 100m and 150m. He ran 14.73 in the 100m and 22.68 in 150m for the Tigers. Meanwhile in the 80m dash, Jordyn Adams of St Cyprian’s with a time of 11.99 was the best in that field.
Tia Applewhaite of St Giles qualified for the under-nine girls 80m with a time of 12.16 and the 150m in a time of 23.78. The 100m belonged to Janea’ Joe of West Terrace who stopped the clock at 15.32 seconds.
In the field events two records fell through Tiara Stewart of Roland Edwards in the long jump with a distance of 4.96m to break her previous mark of 4.82m. Daniel Duncan also wrote his name in the record books jumping 4.93m to erase the 4.63m held by Ajani Alleyne of Wilkie Cumberbatch.
The relays will be competitive and perhaps the decisive factor at the final. Bayley’s took the under-nine girls 4x100m in 1:04.35 and St Alban’s took the boys equivalent running 1:01.87. West Terrace’s 58.77 was the pick among the girls in under-11 4x100m.
At least eight schools ran below 58.00 in the under-11 boys 4x100m relay and St Cyprian’s Boys were among the top finishers with a time of 57.36 while Wesley Hall trailed them closely in 57.38 seconds and Bayley’s in 57.43 to round off the top three spots.
Ignatius Byer with a time of 55.62 in the under-13 girls 4x100m are definitely the favourites and St Stephen’s Primary who have clocked 53.85 could prove unstoppable in that age group for the boys. The final is scheduled for next week Wednesday March 16 at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex starting at 11a.m.