Kings and queens!

St Michael School, Foundation lord over Secondary School Sports

The boys of St Michael School have finally tasted victory in the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship while Christ Church Foundation School (CCFS) have repeated as queens for a second consecutive year.

The SMS cougars, double crown champions of the Frank Blackman zone, accumulated 313 points to run away with the boys title ahead of main rivals Harrison College who tallied 259.50 points and Foundation who dropped one place to third this year with 196.50 points. Last year’s champions Burger King Lester Vaughan were fourth scoring 179.50 points and Coleridge and Parry’s 165.50 points got them fifth place.

The girls at Church Hill, Christ Church did well to retain their trophy with 332 points, former queens Scotiabank Springer Memorial were second with 259.50 points and Harrison College finished on 196.50 points for third place. The young ladies of St Michael School also did their school proud by clinching fourth position with 221.33 points, ahead of Lester Vaughan in fifth on 144 points.

The girls of Christ Church Foundation School repeated as champions of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship for a second consecutive year.

Victrix ludorum hailed from the Alleyne School compliments a superb performance by Brieanna Boyce who took gold in the Under-13 Girls 100m, 200m, 400m and silver in the 800m for a total of 38 points which was the same total earned by Under-15 sensation and victor ludorum Aren Spencer who won the 100m hurdles, 400m, long jump and placed second in the high jump. Both Boyce and Spencer anchored their respective schools to victory in the 4x100m relays.

One record fell today and it was the race of the day when two CARIFTA champions, Rasheem Griffith of Coleridge & Parry and record-holder Rivaldo Leacock of Foundation featured in the Under-20 Boys 400m hurdles. Leacock got off to a good start in an effort to better his record-breaking time of 51.64 set in 2015 but got the surprise of his life when Griffith picked up the stagger coming around the 200m bend and closed in on Leacock and crossed the finish line ahead of him in a new time of 50.78. That battle brought the fans in the National Stadium to their feet.

St Michael School has the fastest Under-17 and Under-20 200m champions in Barbados. Under the starter’s order, Darian Clarke was off like a bullet and was first to stop the clock in 21.44. Matthew Clarke completed the Under-20 Boys sprint double with a season best of 21.19 and will be looking to improve his bronze medal from last year at CARIFTA. Hannah Connell of Foundation was made to run from start to finish in the Under-20 Girls 200m after receiving a strong challenge from Jaria Hoyte as the two ran 24.76 and 24.99 respectively.

Talk about pace, Akayla Morris of Harrison College in the Under-17 Girls 200m ran a time of 24.58 which was even faster than Connell’s.

After a disappointing exit yesterday from the Under-20 Boys 400m for false starting, Jonathan Jones ran 12 and a half gruelling laps to win the Boys 5000m in 17:28.00, which was the first race of the day. Jones picked up his second gold of the day by dismissing the Under-20 800m field in a commanding time of 1:52.08. Charissa Moore of Harrison College also took top honours in the Under-17 Girls 800m in a time of 2:19.22 after leading from start to finish.

Winning the Under-15 400m was Harrison College’s Aren Spencer (53.25) and Vasia Boyce of Queen’s College with a determined run of 57.90 but she fell just short of the 57.41 record. The Under-13 Boys 400m went to Khimani Cox of Coleridge and Parry who clocked 60.20.

Foundation added another ten points to their tally when Tiana Bowen (61.04) won the Under-20 Girls 400m hurdles and staved off Shonita Brome of Alexandra (61.76) in second position.

Rhea Hoyte of St Michael School clocked 44.83 seconds in the Under-17 300m hurdles to get the better of Foundation’s Sarah Belle who was timed at 46.39. Haile Emmanual-Turney of The Lodge School had the endurance to win the Under-15 Boys 300m in 43.26. Anika Blackman of Princess Margaret ran 29 seconds in the 200m hurdles to prove herself a cut above the rest.

Kyle Gale of the St Michael School continued his fine form by winning the Under-17 400m hurdles, as he stopped the clock at 56.11 seconds.

Coleridge and Parry’s Tafari Bishop was the only athlete in the Under-17 Boys 800m to run under two minutes with a time of 1:59.75. Meanwhile, Mary Fraser (2:15.78) earned herself another easy win in the Under-20 ladies 800m race to bring her tally to three at BSSAC after winning the 1500m and 3000m open yesterday.

Achilles Browne of the Alleyne School sprinted 12.70 seconds to take the Under-13 Boys 100m. He also anchored the Under-13 Boys 4x100m relay team to victory. Nathan Roett of the St Michael School registered a time of 11.46 to capture the Under-15 Boys 100m while Rickyla Fagan of Deighton Griffith (12.87) won the girls’ equivalent.

The 800m champions in their respective age group, Layla Haynes of Harrison College and Savion Hoyte of Lester Vaughan, both returned today and ran superbly to win the junior girls and boys 1500m. Haynes who broke the 800m record clocked 5:17.06 to take gold while Hoyte ran 4:45.97 for the boys’ equivalent.

Sierra Coward of Springer Memorial amassed 2935 points to win the girls’ outdoor pentathlon after competing in the shot put, 200m, 100m hurdles, long jump and 800m. The boys pentathlon went to Hasani Lowe of Lester Vaughan earning 3599 adding valuable points for his school.

The 4x400m relays went to Foundation in the girls competition and to St Michael School in the boys respectively.

3 Responses to Kings and queens!

  1. Ras Small
    Ras Small March 31, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Wunna need to start offering monetary prizes to 1st,2nd & 3rd place finalist.
    Food, nutrition, books, sports gear and coaching lessons ain’t cheap!

  2. Fan April 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

    That’s the problem with sports in Barbados, as soon as a youngster wins a few races, sores a few goal or points as the case may be, the public gives him/her the impression that he/she has arrived! This is followed by all kinds of demands and expectations way beyond reason and often beyond the capacity of the sport and even the Government. While we need to encourage our youngsters in their various sporting endeavours we need to be able to put their performances in perspective and help them to understand where they are in relation to the region (Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas etc.) and the world stage.

    Most of the top performances over the past two days were no more than encouraging and should not be treated as if they were world class, for in many instances they did not even match the best in the region. We need to put aside our emotions and view what we have seen from a analytical perspective. Why should a record which was set twenty or more years ago still stand! How many records were broken over the meet? One! It is not as though most or many of the records are world standard. Does that not speak to the level reached by our present crop of athletes! Rather than calling for our sports men and women to be rewarded as professionals, we need to help them to embrace the true qualities of professionalism – commitment, hard work, focus, perseverance, love and knowledge of their sport, goal setting, prioritizing etc. – which will help them to achieve true professional status and be able to maintain it with all things being equal.

  3. Fan April 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Ras Small one of the major problems we have in local sports is the call by fans for our young sports men and women to be treated as professionals as soon as they win a few races or score a few goals or points in their respective sports. What we need to do instead, is to help these athletes to develop the many facets of professionalism – dedication, hard work, focus, mental toughness, love for and understanding of the intricacies of their sport, time management, prioritizing, nutritional requirements etc. – which could serve to assist them in attaining the status of Professional Sportsperson and being able to function successfully having achieved this designation.

    The performances of our young athletes over the past days were nothing more that encouraging. One only needs to look at the fact that only one new record was set on the track! There amazingly remains a number of records which have been around for more than ten years! It is not as if these records are world beaters! The performances of the present crop are simply not what we have been working to achieve. There needs to be a rethink of our approach to the development of sportsmen and sportswomen across the board. School programmes, coaching education and approaches, and the administration of sports must be reexamined if we are going to get out of the rut in which we presently find ourselves. The professionalizing of sports and not the development of professional sports leagues should be our focus. Once we are able to instill the tenants of professionalism in our sports men and women, they will find their niche in the professional arena.


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