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St Albans, Selah earn glory

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

St Albans, Selah earn glory

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Andrea Blackett would have been proud.
Today’s Zone 2 action of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championships was named after one of Barbados’ most decorated female athletes, and St. Albans Primary and Selah Primary did their best to keep her name in good stead.
It was business as usual in the event’s most predictable division yesterday as St. Albans and Selah both completed the three-peat by successfully defending their girls’ and boys’ titles at the National Stadium. 
This was a tale of two championships though, with Selah barely missing out on doing the double, having gone down to the wire to barely lose out in the girls’ race by just two points.    
The overall title actually came down to the final girls’ race – the under-13 girls’ 4×100 relay – where St Albans needed to finish at least two places ahead of their rivals to retain the crown.In the end, the champs did just that, winning silver behind the team of Aliah Cox, Ashley St Juste-King, Zoya Badenock and Sheda Bryan, while Selah missed out on a podium finish – and a chance at history.
St Albans totalled 172 points, two better than Selah and a further 65 more than third placed St Joseph, who ended with 107 points. St John’s (105) and Welches (104) rounded out the top five in what proved to be a nail-biting finish for the spots three through five.