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Set B in seventh heaven

Justin Marville

Set B in seventh heaven

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THE ONLY HOUSE to account for records have a similar stranglehold over CP sports.
Make it lucky number seven for Set B (Red) after CARIFTA medallist Janeil Craigg set another javelin mark as part of a victor ludorum performance that helped spur the champs to their latest Coleridge and Parry Powerade Inter-House title at the National Stadium yesterday.
Even the final margin wasn’t close for Red, who last lost sports in 2005, as their 792 points were well ahead of second-placed Set A’s (Yellow) 648 after the champs started the day some 100 points in the ascendancy.
Behind the efforts of victrix ludorum Shakera “Smiley” Hall, Set F (Purple) were third with 485 points, while Set D (Green), Set C (Blue) and Set E (Orange) finished down the field on 475, 403 and 309 points respectively.
And their destinies were long decided when Raheem Skinner opened the proceedings by breaking Hassan Abdul-Haqq’s 16-year-old 800 metre record with a two-minute, 5:24-second clocking that lowered the mark by more than a second.
But it had nothing on the day’s other record for drama – if not importance.
Hyped for yet another showdown with fellow CARIFTA thrower Nicoliai Bovell, Craigg began the quest to replace his own Under-20 mark of 59.98 with a decent 56.19-metre first throw.
The record-holder looked well on his way to victory, too, with Bovell twisting his left ankle and landing awkwardly on his right hip following a throw of 46.16. But the Central American and Caribbean Juniors gold medallist battled back valiantly, taking the lead on the very next attempt with a gallant 58.32.
It just wasn’t to be Bovell’s day, though, as Craigg set the new record (62.27m) on his very last throw just moments before Bovell fell to the ground in pain on a throw of 54.66.
That triumph was just one of seven for the CARIFTA silver medallist, who also won the 200m (23.05), 800m (2:24.62), long jump, triple jump, shot put and discus on the way to a meet-high 89 points.
Craigg added a further second-place showing in the 1 500 and a bronze medal in the 400.
Hall – a CARIFTA and CAC Juniors medallist – had no such battles on her way to the Under-20 title, tallying 86 points via victories in the 100m (12.84), 200m (25.80), 400m, 800m, triple jump and shot put to go with second-place efforts in the 1 500m and long jump.
Under-13 Girls: Shawntae Reid
(Set B) 38 points
Under-13 Boys: Rasheed Richards
(Set A) 35
Under-15 Girls: Natasha Small (Set F) 58
Under-15 Boys: Darian Scantlebury
(Set B) 73
Under-17 Girls: Sheena Strickland
(Set B) 53
Under-17 Boys: Aaron Griffith (Set?A) 48
Under-20 Girls: Shakera Hall (Set F) 86
Under-20 Boys: Janeil Craigg (Set B) 89
Victrix ludorum: Shakera Hall
Victor ludorum: Janeil Craigg
Final Points: 1. Set B (Red) 722 points, 2. Set A (Yellow) 579, 3. Set F (Purple) 485, 4. Set D (Green) 433, 5. Set C (Blue) 366, 6. Set E (Orange) 257.
Coleridge & Parry School
Position last five years at BSSAC
Girls: 2007 – 121 points, 6th; 2008 – 57 points, 13th; 2009 – 161 points, 5th; 2010 – 151 points, 4th; 2011 – 118 points, 7th.
Boys: 2007 – 102.5 points, 7th; 2008 – 109 points, 7th; 2009 – 99 points, 8th; 2010 – 114 points, 10th; 2011 – 81 points, 10th.