Maxwell House toast of GAM
They call themselves the Purple Tigers.
And, boy, did they tear up the track.
Maxwell House (Purple) notched their fourth straight title and 17th in 18 years when the Grantley Adams Memorial School hosted its Powerade-sponsored inter-house sports at the National Stadium yesterday.
Despite a victor ludorum performance from Byer House’s (Red) Vataly Wilkinson, the Red Dragons’ fires were extinguished early on, relegating them to second place with 739 points, some 32 points shy of the eventual winners who finished on 771 points.
Just nine points behind Red in third position were Challenor’s Blue Scorpions (730), who were followed by the Crawford Green Vipers on 631 points, and Johnson (Yellow Cougars) with 568 points.
In another sterling display, Wilkinson, who captured the title for the third consecutive year, amassed 66 points on his way to being crowned the Under- 20 champion.
He was made to fight tooth and nail for the two victories he recorded yesterday though, with Yellow’s Kyan Mullin pushing him to the limit.
Wilkinson upstaged Mullin in the marquee event, the 100 metres, using a strong finish to power past his arch-rival in a time of 11.78, with Mullin (11.94) second, and Green’s Matthew Lovell (12.21) in third.
Mullin turned the tables in the 400 metres, cruising to a comfortable victory in 55.38, well ahead of second-placed Shaquon Brathwaite of Yellow (56.67) and Wilkinson in third.
They both saved the best for last, bringing their day-long rivalry to a scintillating end with Wilkinson’s diving finish in the 200m, just enough to get him over the line ahead of the fast-finishing Mullin. Wilkinson clocked 23.55 and Mullin 23.58.
Wilkinson also won the long jump, javelin and shot put, and placed second in the discus.
Yellow still had a reason to celebrate, with Under-17 Girls’ division champion Shanikah Haynes being crowned victrix ludorum after accumulating 53 points.
Haynes dominated the field events, breaking her own record in the javelin with a throw of 32.56 metres, while also winning the shot put, discus, and long jump to go along with her victory in the 100m (13.45).
She edged Red’s Rhea Inniss for the title, after the latter finished just one point behind on 52.
Inniss was embroiled in a battle with fellow Under-15 athlete Shakeila Forde, with Inniss having to settle for second spot in the 100m (13.73), behind Forde’s time of 13.58.
The duo traded positions in the 200m, as Inniss overtook her rival in the final 30 metres of the race on her way to clocking 28.32, just ahead of Forde who placed second in 28.91 and third-placed Christina Carrington (29.09).
Despite being upstaged by twin brother Romario Marshall, Purple’s Akeem Marshall still managed to emerge victorious in the Under-17 Boys’ division
Akeem won the 100m (12.20), only to place second behind Romario (24.23 and 56.23) in both the 200m (24.39) and 400m (56.70).