New primary stars
Date March 19, 2008
by SHERRYLYN A. TOPPIN Compliments of the Nation
TWO NEW CHAMPIONS, winners for the very first time, were crowned
yesterday at the National Stadium when the curtain came down on
the 2008 BUT/NSC National Primary Schools' Athletics Championships
It was a lopsided affair as Charles F. Broome ran away with the
girls' title, amassing 355 points. Former champions Erdiston were
a distant second with 263, followed by another gap with Wilkie Cumberbatch
Primary (196), Luther Thorne (186) and former champions Hilda Skeene
Primary who fell to fifth with 185.
After placing among the top three for several years, Wilkie Cumberbatch
are finally winners with 338 points, but they had a tough battle
against dethroned champions Charles F. Broome (320.5) and West Terrace
(301) who led briefly during the relays.
Erdiston were a distant fourth with 180 points and Ellerton fifth
with 134.5. Ding-dong battle
All day, it was a battle between the two champions, and led to
some spirited arguments between parents and supporters.
Mario Burke of Wilkie Cumberbatch celebrated his 11th birthday
yesterday with wins in the three sprints, including two records.
He spent all day fighting off the challenge of Charles F. Broome's
Tre Adamson, who was second in the races. In the 100, Burke was
clocked at 13.12 seconds to Adamson's 13.16; he equalled the old
mark of 26.36 in the 200 metres and lowered the 400-metre mark to
Victor ludorum Ajani Alleyne won the long jump with a new record
of 4.39 metres, and the 200 metres, but was beaten in both the 100
and 400 metres behind Kedane Pollard from Sharon. Nashandi Clarke
of Erdiston Primary was the victrix ludorum, winning the Under-9
cricket ball throw with a record 34.63 metres, was second in the
80 metres and third in the 100-metre dash.
Talasiah Balgobin of Charles F. Broome led the girls from the front,
setting a new record of 1.48 metres in the high jump, erasing Akela
Jones' two-year mark of 1.47 metres. She also won the 200 metres
in 28.01 seconds and was third in the 400 metres in 67.02 behind
Leah Barker (64.52) of St Paul's and Wilkie's Akeilia Knight (66.58)
of Wilkie. Barker won the 100 (13.88)and 400 metres (64.52)
She got good support from Allana Ince, the daughter of former national
athlete Allan Ince, who set a new record of 4.08 metres in the long
jump, was second in the 100 metres and was third in the Under-11
100 metres. Tristan Evelyn of Mount Tabor won the 100 metres in
14.35 and the 200 in 29.95 seconds.
Jaria Hoyte, one of the few athletes who represented Bayley's,
won the 600 metres in a new record 1:48.95, taking over the race
after the first 200 metres. She came back to win the Under-13 400
metres in 68.89 and teammate Akilah Blackman was third behind St
George's Latoya Joseph. West Terrace's Jamahl Burke, the man in
the aerodynamic suit, won the Under-9 Boys' 80 metres (11.83), 100
(14.77) and 150 (22.45) metres. Sharon's speedy Rosette Hoyte won
the 80 metres in 12.55 and 150 in 23.48, then ran a beautiful anchor
leg in the 4x100 relay to lead her team to victory. Shontae Cole
of Grazettes won the 100 metres in 16 seconds.
Among the tiny tots, Leilani Haddock of West Terrace stole the
show in the 50-metre dash
and also took the standing broad jump with a leap of 1.61 metres.
Donte Payne of St Alban's won the 50-metre dash in 8.61 seconds,
while Emerson Hooper of Boscobel won the tennis ball with a new
record of 32.84 metres.
Overall, eight records were broken and one was equalled.