Amari Forde (right) of St Cyprian’s winning his Under-13 Boys’ 200 metres quarter-final. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
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The open boys’ high jump is expected to be one of the most keenly contested events at the National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships (NAPSAC) semi-finals at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex Weddnesday.
Six of the eight competitors in the event succeeded at a seed mark of 1.31 metres in the quarter-finals and will be hoping to surpass that distance.
The six are Charles F. Broome’s Aaron Massiah and Ramero Pinder, Hassan Howard of St Lucy Primary, Tirriek Callender of Wilkie Cumberbatch, Geheim Inniss of St Mark’s Primary and Jalen Callender of Luther Thorne Primary.
St Cyprian’s Jayden Green and Bayley’s Shaquan Belle will be hoping to surpass their seed marks of 1.28 metres and finish in the top three.
Green will also enter today’s semis of the Under-13 Boys’ 200 metres with the fastest time of 21.38 seconds. He will be hoping to be at the start line when the track and field finals are held next week Thursday.
St Alban’s Shamari “Supermari” Addison enters that event with the second fastest time of 27.42 seconds.
Addison will also be hoping to better his time of 1:08.47 to gain a place at the Under-13 Boys’ 400 metres final.
But he will have to beat the talented Jalon Howell of Bay Primary who has the fastest seed time of 1:03.16.
One of the favourites, Ratanang Barker, of St Stephen’s, will also compete in the 200 metres. He will be also eager to regain the top spot in the 800 metres after he was beaten on the line by Tytan Hinkson at last week’s quarter-finals. Hinkson of St Gabriel’s School will enter today’s meet with a time of 2:35.23.
St Jude’s Shavary Greenidge-Innis and St Bartholomew’s Kyron Springer of are also expected to feature since they clocked the second and third fastest times of 2:37.50 and 2:38.34, respectively.
Though Barker was unable to qualify for the 400 metres due to an injury, one of St Stephen’s top athletes, Ziko Rogers, will race his opponents for a chance to enter the final. He has the second fastest time, behind Jalon Howell’s 1:03.16.
St Cyprian’s Amari Forde will be hoping to hold on to the fastest time for bragging rights as the fastest Under-13 boy at NAPSAC for 2018. He clocked 13.22 seconds, but not too far behind is Rico Alleyne of Charles F Broome and Addison with 13.43 and 13.44 seconds, respectively.
In the Under-11 Boys’ cricket ball throw, Clarence Williams of Gordon Greenidge will enter far ahead of his opponents with a huge 51.65 metres.
St Giles’ twin track and field princesses Tania and Tia Applewhaite are expected to tussle in the Under-11 Girls’ 100 metres. They go into today’s meet with times of 14.48 and 14.67, respectively. They will also compete in the 200 metres.
Tania will also make an appearance in the 300 metres, while Tia will be competing in the long jump final. However, Tia will have to get past Solange Holford who enters the long jump as the Under-11 girl with the biggest leap of 3.65 metres.
All eyes will also be out for middle distance princess Ashlyn Simmons of Eden Lodge Primary. She enters the 400 metres with outstanding times of 1:02.68 in the Under-13 Division and the Girls’ 600 metres Open with 1:43.92. (RG)