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12-year-old Lodge star


Randy Bennett

12-year-old Lodge star

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A spectator was heard querying whether his name was Tramaine or Train.
To be honest, the question was an understandable one.
Tramaine Smith steamrolled his way to two record-breaking performances, and narrowly missed out on a third on his way to dominating the Division 5 Boys’ sprints at the Lodge School Powerade Washington O’Brien Jordan Inter-House Sports yesterday.
Running at the Society grounds, he made his intentions crystal clear in only the day’s second race, obliterating the field and Greg Knight’s 18-year-old record on his way to clocking 12.72 seconds in the 100 metres.
Treasure Griffith (14.26) and Shamar Hurdle (14.78) finished some way back in second and third respectively.
Smith, a 12-year-old former St Jude’s athlete, returned in the 200 metres to slam the field and again erase Knight’s name from the record books, running a blistering turn to finish in 26 seconds flat, demolishing the old mark of 27.42 set in 1994.
So dominant was he that the closest finisher, Reon Dottin, was almost four seconds behind in 29.70, with Griffith in third (29.86).
Smith almost made it three records out of three, but his time of 62.40 in the 400 metres was just outside of Knight’s record of 62.23, also set in 1994.
Despite Smith’s dominance, Gooding (Green) had to settle for second best (on 545.5 points), behind Laborde (Red) 707.5, who won for the third straight year.
Emtage (Purple) were third with 495 points, followed by Wedderburn (Blue) and Codrington (Yellow) on 466.5 and 452.5 points respectively.
The 40 points Smith accumulated were good enough for the divisional title, but Emtage’s Shem Forde’s superb all-round performance helped him to cop the coveted junior victor ludorum title.
Competing in Division 3, Forde won the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1 500m, high jump, long jump, and triple jump. He placed second in the 100m, javelin and shot put, and fifth in the discus to finish with a mammoth 89 points.
Senior victor ludorum and Division 2 athlete Akeem McCollin, who hails from Laborde, won the 200m (23.24) and the 400m (52.72) along with the high jump. He also came second in the high jump and the 100m (11.32) to finish on 42 points.
Laborde’s Shanna Jones captured the junior victrix ludorum after placing first in the 400m, 800m, 1 500m, and javelin; second in the high jump, and fourth in the 100, competing in Division 4.
Emilomo Akpevwiehor from Emtage was crowned the senior victrix ludorum, amassing 46 points on her way to victories in the 400m, 800m and long jump. She also came second in the 100m, 200m and 1 500m.

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