St Catherine celebrating another girls’ crown in the Obadele Thompson Zone. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
The girls from St Catherine’s Primary shattered two records when they captured their third consecutive title, while St Ambrose Primary retained their boys’ title in the National Primary Schools Athletics Championships’ Obadele Thompson Zone at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex yesterday.
The girls from the east did the triple with 203 points, while St Bernard’s and St James Primary placed second and third with 173 and 114 points, respectively.
St Ambrose repeated their zone success with 153 points and were followed by Trinity Academy, who totalled 127 points while St Catherine’s boys were third with 113 points.
Wenai Steele-Inniss of St Catherine’s won the Under-11 cricket ball throw when she shattered an eight-year record set by Rhea Gibson of St James Primary with a new mark of 33.15 metres.
St Catherine’s Under-13 girls’ team also erased a seven-year record of 60.20 seconds in the 4x100 metres relay set by Good Shepherd to clock a new time of 58.22 seconds.
Josiah Williamson spearheaded St Ambrose’s efforts in retaining their title when he gained 26 points to share the victor ludorum title with Ryon Stuart of St Philip’s Primary and Koen Blackman of Trinity Academy.
Williamson ran away with the gold medal in the Under-9 Boys’ 100 metres in 15.63 seconds and placed second in the 80 and 150 metres in 12.64 and 24.10 seconds, respectively.
Stuart dominated the Under-11 division when he crossed the finish line in 29.65 seconds to win the 200 metres.
He was second in the 100 metres in 14.85 seconds and in the long jump with a leap of 3.60 metres.
Blackman won the Under-13 Boys’ 100 metres dash in 13.70 seconds and the 200 metres in 28.30 seconds.
He also gained a bronze medal in the cricket ball with a throw of 50.10 metres.
Unlike the boys, Alexis Carter of Workman’s Primary basked in glory on her own when she was named victrix ludorum after winning all three of her individual events to gain 30 points.
She won the Under-9 Girls’ 80 metres in 12.97 seconds, 100 metres in 16.18 seconds and the 150 in 24.82 seconds.
Zhariel Price of St Bernard’s tallied 26 points to capture the Under-13 girls division title.
She won the 200 metres in 29.88 seconds and the 400 metres in 1:09.32 minutes.
Jamarion Mapp of Elliott Belgrave Primary, formerly Boscobel, smashed a six-year old record of 1:08.48 minutes when he triumphed in the Under-13 Boys’ 400 metres in 1:06.27 minutes. Also running under the record time in that race was St Catherine’s Khalid Jahbari, who finished second in 1:07.73 minutes.
Elliott Belgrave broke the record in the Boys’ 800 metres Sprint Medley Open with a time of 2:09.08 minutes.
Jacobe Griffith of St Philip Primary also set a new record of 62.43 metres in the cricket ball throw, while Samuel Edwards established a new time of 12.22 seconds in the Under-9 Boys’ 80 metres.
Records were also broken by St James Primary in the Under-11 Girls’ 4x100 relay (1:02.67 minutes) and Trinity Academy in the Under-13 Boys’ 4x100 relay (57.20 seconds). (RG)