Set E rule Combermere
Even after consistently lowering his times, there are certain seconds Romarco Thompson just can’t shave.
Combermere’s perennial bridesmaids Set B had to settle for second best once again, squandering yet another of Thompson’s victor ludorum performances to finish behind eventual Powerade House Sports champs Set E at the Waterford grounds yesterday.
It was the third straight runner-up position for Red, who finished the day on 920.5 points – 58.5 points adrift of Set E’s (Maroon) championship-winning 979.
This was after Maroon led the competition from pillar to post, taking a mere 4.5-point lead on Set B to start the day and expanding it to a comfortable 54-point cushion by the lunchtime break.
Defending champions Set A (Dark Blue), who edged Red by one point in last year’s thriller, finished a distant third with 693 points.
Set D (Green), Set F (Light Blue) and cellar dwellers Set C (Yellow) finished down the table with 634.5, 560 and 446 points, respectively.
But none was as far ahead of the pack as Thompson.
Like his set before him, Maroon’s do-it-all man took his third straight victor ludorum crown after seizing every single individual event on the day by wide margins, including the Division 2 Boys’ 100 metres (11.61 seconds), 200 metres (22.97) and 400 metres (54:56).
And this had nothing to do with his prior victories in the 100 and 300 hurdles, along with the three jumps, the javelin, shot put and discus that allowed him to amass a meet-high 120 points.
So stunning were his performances that they garnered more attention than the impact of Combermere’s much-hyped CARIFTA “imports”.
But only just.
Former Coleridge and Parry standout Shani Adams wasted no time making her presence felt at Waterford, winning the victrix ludorum title by accumulating 95 points for Set D in the Division 1 girls.
It didn’t come without a fight though, as she, fellow CARIFTA import Shavonne Husbands and Cindy Forde battled back and forth for bragging rights in the senior category.
Husbands, a one-time Deighton Griffith student, actually swept the 100 (13.25), 200 (25.50) and 400 (1:00.07), while Adams had to settle for third and fourth in the 200 and 400 respectively.
However, Adams had already racked up victories in the 800, 3 000 and high jump to go with second-place finishes in the 1 500, 100 metre hurdles, triple jump and javelin.
She also managed to come fourth and fifth, respectively, in the long jump and 100.
Past Alexandra and Foundation star Shaquille Alleyne showed he wasn’t shy about putting his talents on display either as the CARIFTA medallist overcame injury to take the Division 1 boys’ crown for Set B with 81 points.
He too had his fair share of challenges, though, having lost to fellow Foundation product and training partner Nikolai Gall (52.56) by .22 seconds in the 400, before dropping the 100 metres to former Lodge boy Andrew Pierce (11.54).
But Alleyne (22.52) rebounded to take down Set E’s Gall (22.60) in the 200 metres after he had already won the 800 and high jump, and finished second in the long jump and triple jump.
Set E were further bolstered by the efforts of Akeilia Knight (88 points) and Asher Payne (80), who secured the Division 2 girls’ and Division 3 boys’ categories respectively.