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Down to the wire


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Down to the wire

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With a dejected Ramarco Thompson watching from the backstretch, Mario Burke of Harrison College won the long-awaited clash on a day of non-stop excitement at the 2011 Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships yesterday at the National Stadium.
While it was an anti-climax, there was more than enough to keep spectators on the edge of their seats as this year’s championships go down to the wire today among the boys.
Queen’s College have surged to the front with 159 points. Ellerslie have moved into second with 138, four more than Harrison College. St Leonard’s fell off the pace and slipped from first to fourth with 126 points and Lester Vaughan School are in fifth place with 118 Springer Memorial still lead the girls with 237.5 points. Queen’s College are second with 148, followed by The St Michael School (136), Harrison College (107.5) and Parkinson Memorial (93).
Combermere’s Thompson was put out of the race after two false starts – the first by St Leonard’s Shakur Francis, the second all on his head when he jumped the gun in the Under-15 Boys’ 200 metres. He fell to the track in disbelief and had to be consoled by his coaches as the others went back on the line.
Burke powered out of the turn with Tamal Atwell of The Lodge School on his heels. Clearly stronger this year and with much-improved form, he didn’t flag near the finish and pushed out his chest in desperation. He ran through in a legal 22.70 seconds, breaking Andrew Hinds’ 22.90 from 1998.
Atwell was second in 22.87 and Combermere’s Jebarrie Cumberbatch third in 23.61.
Thompson jogged to the finish and received a standing ovation from the Louis Lynch Stand.
Burke’s mark was just one of eight records which were broken yesterday, including three in the 200 metres.
In the Under-13 Girls’ event, Cristanna McConney of Queen’s College stopped the clock in 25.62 seconds, replacing Tristan Evelyn’s 25.65.
Evelyn came back in the Under-15 Girls’ race and ran alone for more than 150 metres with a record of 24.54, just inside Akela Jones’ 24.60, and a CARIFTA “B” time.
Ellerslie’s Anthonio Mascoll got the second of his four races out of the way when he won the 1 500 metres.
Drafting behind Ibrahim Hinds (4:04.68) of Harrison College for most of the race, he made his move with 250 metres to go, sprinting home to lower his record set last year from 4:04.81 to 4:02.32. He also won the 400m in 47.35 seconds.
Records fall
The other records fell in the Under-17 4×100 metres relays. The St Michael team of Chazelle Cumberbatch, Leah Barker, Shanice Howell and anchor Akela Taylor were in a different class with 47.87 seconds, replacing the 48.41 set by Springer last year.
Another record in which Obadele Thompson featured was also removed from the books. After the baton was sent around the track by Ariko Small, Rory Grant and Dario Scantlebury, Kevin McCaskie put the icing on the cake for the Queen’s College boys with a time of 43.11 seconds to erase the 43.19 set by Harrison College back in 1992.
Ellerslie fell just short in their quest with the Under-20 Boys’ 41.61, shy of the 41.55 by The Lodge School from two years ago.
The field event athletes were not left out of the record-breaking act. Springer’s Winmalecia Bowen replaced Deandra Dottin’s 11.68 metres with a CARIFTA “A” 12.02 metres in the Under-17 Girls’ shot put, and Ellerslie’s Charles Greaves knew as soon as he had left the pit that he had broken Kevin Bartlett’s 13-year 7.29m record in the Under-20 Boys’ long jump.
Greaves punched the air in glee when the officials told him it was 7.32m and that was all he needed to secure the gold and a CARIFTA “B” mark.
The other field event of note saw Lester Vaughan’s Shamar Rock winning his fourth event to at least share the victor ludorum title with a hop, skip and jump of 14.17m in the Under-17 Boys’ triple jump, qualifying for the CARIFTA Games in the process.
The sprint hurdles went as expected except the Under-20 Boys’ 110m event. Tramaine Maloney of The Lodge School had the leading time going into the event, but was disqualified for a false start.
Queen’s College finished one-two with Raphael Jordan (14.05) and Kemar Jones (14.51), with Daley Carter of The Lodge School third in 14.70.
Springer’s Sade-Mariah Greenidge (14.29) and Coleridge and Parry’s Shakera Hall (14.37) both lowered their times to season’s best CARIFTA “A” qualifying marks in the Under-20 and Under-17 Girls’ races, respectively.
Dario Scantlebury of Queen’s College took the Under-17 Boys’ race in 13.44 seconds.
Springer’s Jalisa Burrowes won the 75m hurdles for Under-15 Girls’ in 11.77 seconds and Miguel Franklyn of Harrison College the boys’ 80m hurdles in 11.62 seconds.
In the Under-17 Girls’ 400m, Foundation’s Tia-Adana Belle celebrated her breakthrough year with a victory in a CARIFTA “A” time of 57.14 seconds. Combermere’s Cindy Forde came through late, also with an “A” time of 57.40 and St Michael’s Taylor third with a “B” 57.74.
POINTS:
Girls1. Springer Memorial 237.50, 2. Queen’s College 148, 3. The St Michael School 136, 4. Harrison College 107.50, 5. Parkinson Memorial 93,  6. Combermere 82, 7. Coleridge & Parry 74, 8. Alleyne 68,  9. Garrison Secondary 59, 10. St Lucy Secondary 40, 10. Lester Vaughan 40, 12. Princess Margaret 36, 13. St George Secondary 33,  14. Deighton Griffith 25, 15. St James Secondary 18,  16. The Lodge School 17, 16. Christ Church Foundation 17,  18. Grantley Adams Memorial 16, 19. Ellerslie Secondary 9, 20. Alexandra 7.
Boys1. Queeen’s College 159, 2. Ellerslie Secondary 138, 3. Harrison College 134, 4. St Leonard’s Boys’ 126, 5. Lester Vaughan 118, 6. The Lodge School 100, 7. Christ Church Foundation 79.50, 8. Combermere 75, 9. Alleyne 63, 10. Coleridge & Parry 57, 11. The St. Michael School 44, 12. Deighton Griffith 38, 13. Princess Margaret 37, 14. Alexandra 27, 15. St James Secondary 23.50, 16. Garrison Secondary 22, 16. St George Secondary 22, 18. St Lucy Secondary, 19. Alma Parris 10, 20. Grantley Adams 8.

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