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Records tumble at NAPSAC


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Records tumble at NAPSAC

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Raheem Taitt-Best of St Martin’s Mangrove stepped into another class yesterday at the 2011 Pine Hill National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships (NAPSAC), setting two of the six records broken at the National Stadium.
Taitt-Best has very good form and wastes little energy when he is running. Spectators who had missed his zone were impressed when they saw him competing in the Under-11 division and weren’t surprised when the records were announced.
In the 100 metres, he didn’t let the ink dry on Ajani Haddock’s 13.15 seconds, the only record broken in the zone meets. Taitt-Best stopped the clock at 12.90 seconds, the only athlete with a sub-13 time. Haddock of Williams Industries West Terrace won his heat, but was a distant second in 13.20 seconds.
Haddock again set a new record of 27.35 seconds in the 200 metres, just inside the 27.38 by Jamahl Burke, but in the very next heat, Taitt-Best shattered it with 26.81 seconds, more than two full seconds ahead of the others in his heat.  
Rhea Hoyte of Westbury is one to watch. In the Girls’ 100 metres, her time of 13.45 seconds erased the 13.66 set by Cristanna McConney. Akayla Morris of Wilkie Cumberbatch, who was in the same heat, also went under record time with 13.50 seconds.
There was no double for Hoyte. Instead, it was Leilani Haddock of West Terrace with 28.50 seconds erasing the 28.58 seconds set by Alicia Best back in 2003. Hoyte had the second fastest time of 28.90 seconds.
Even as one Jamahl Burke record was being removed from the books, the West Terrace sprinter was preparing to set another in the Under-13 Boys’ 200 metres. Pushed all the way by All Saints’ Shaquille Ifill, Burke raced to 25.70 seconds and Ifill was second in 25.90, both lowering the 25.98 set by Mario Burke in 2008.
In the Under-9 division, Anika Blackman of Bayleys set the other record of 14.60 seconds in the 100 metres, replacing the 14.80 by Shakeila Hinds from 2002, one of seven records which remain from the very first NAPSAC.
Two other marks were equalled. Sagirah Craigg’s 12.90 seconds in the Under-13 Girls’ 100 metres from 2002 didn’t look like it was ever going to be erased. And it will stay on the books after Ranicha Sargeant of Wesley Hall equalled the time.
In the Under-9 Girls’ 80 metres dash, St Lucy’s Zariah Greaves and Asher Carrington of Bayleys sprinted to a dead heat in the first semi-final. The photo finish cameras were unable to separate them. Both were given the time of 11.60 seconds, the same as Reisha Lorde set back in 2002.
Only two field event finals were completed yesterday. Whitney Fanfan of Hilda Skeene won the Open Girls’ high jump for the second consecutive year, clearing 1.32 metres. Alayne Robinson of West Terrace took silver at 1.26 metres and bronze went to Dishonna Howell of Bay Primary at 1.20 metres.
Cuthbert Moore’s Antonio Farrell won the boys’ event with 1.40 metres, after falling short in his three attempts at 1.43 metres. Defending champion Zachary Moore of Charles F. Broome was second at 1.37 metres and Lee-Andre Walker of West Terrace third at 1.31 metres.
Bay Primary lead the girls with 10.5 points and Cuthbert Moore have ten to top the boys.
The day ended with some very exciting relay action, but some schools which were hoping those points would tip the balance in their favour at Monday’s finals, will have to go back to the drawing board after several teams were disqualified.  

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