On the edge

Reigning kings and queens are shaping up for what could be another victory

The gap continues to expand as both defending champions are in firm command of the points standing going into what is shaping up to be an exciting finals come next week in the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.

On the third and final day of the preliminaries held at the National Stadium today, the Government Hill, St. Michael queens, Springer memorial, are way out front on 89 points. Christ Church Foundation have now crept into second place with 53 points and Lester Vaughan are third on 48 points.

Queen’s College are still leading among the males on 82 points while the St Michael School continue to keep their hopes alive in second position on 60 points, even though their female counterparts have lost their grip on second spot and have dropped to sixth. The Lodge School have managed to slip themselves into third spot on 53 points with just one point separating them from Lester Vaughan currently in fourth place on 52.

The first race on the track today was the boys’ open 5000m which saw an impressive performance from CARIFTA qualifier Dario Grandison of St George Secondary win that event quite easily in a time of 16:44.87. Grandison was seen lapping quite a number of athletes in the race before cruising to the finish line for a well deserved victory that ended with his now familiar “Grandison dance” at the finish line.

Dario Grandison of St George Secondary ran exceptionally well to win the boys’ open 5000m.
Dario Grandison of St George Secondary ran exceptionally well to win the boys’ open 5000m.

St George Secondary might not be among the front-runners this year but a number of their athletes took the spotlight during the preliminaries. CARIFTA qualifier Dequan Lovell also of St George Secondary added another gold medal to his name when he won the under-20 boys’ discus with a throw of 40.65. Springer Memorial’s Winmalecia Bowen had an unbeatable throw of 34.39 to win the under-20 girls’ discus.

The Lodge School also reaped success in the under-20 boys’ high jump through Hakeem Clarke who was the only competitor to clear the bar at 2.00m.

The under-17 girls’ javelin was a sure medal for Harrison College when Hayley Mathews threw a tremendous 41.68 which was well clear of the 29.09 by Okera Hill of Combermere who came second.

Hayley Mathews of Harrison College won the under-17 girls’ javelin with a tremendous throw of 41.68.
Hayley Mathews of Harrison College won the under-17 girls’ javelin with a tremendous throw of 41.68.

Shonita Brome of Alexandra was a favourite to win the under-15 girls’ long jump and she did exactly that with a leap of 5.60. Meanwhile in the under-13 girls’ long jump Jaliyah Denny of Christ Church Foundation was the only athlete in that event to go past the 5.00 mark when she jumped 5.04.

Christ Church Foundation’s female athletes had a great day on and off the field and Druanne Butler added to their success when she threw 9.55 to win the junior girls’ shot put. The junior boys’ shot put winner was Gabriel Browne of the St Michael School who threw 12.47 which was good enough to beat out her opponents.

Dedra Deane- Mason of Parkinson Memorial won the under-13 girls’ 800m.
Dedra Deane-Mason of Parkinson Memorial won the under-13 girls’ 800m.
Elizabeth Williams of Grantley Adams won the under-17 girls’ 800m to advance to the semi-finals.
Elizabeth Williams of Grantley Adams won the under-17 girls’ 800m to advance to the semi-finals.

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