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Good Shepherd, Selah stand out

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Good Shepherd, Selah stand out

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Good Shepherd announced their arrival by winning the girls’ section of the Andrea Blackett Zone yesterday, but couldn’t deny Selah Primary their fourth straight boys’ title when the Pine Hill National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships continued at the National Stadium.
Newly transferred from the Obadele Thompson Zone, Good Shepherd brought over their winning ways and led the girls for most of the day before finishing with 204 points, 25 more than Hill Top who also put on an amazing display. Selah were third with 147 and three-time defending champions St Alban’s fell to fourth on 82.
The lead changed throughout the day among the boys. Selah eventually took over, but had to fight hard for their 147 points. Good Shepherd made a surge late in the evening and only 10.5 points denied them the title. St Alban’s were third on 117.5, half-a-point ahead of St John’s and 5.5 above 2008 champions Ellerton who led for part of the day.
As one of the older girls, Ryanne Archer carried the load for Good Shepherd in the Under-13 division and emerged victrix ludorum with 30 points. Her wins came in the 100 metres (14.15), 200 (29.24) and long jump with 4.04m.
She fought for division honours with Hill Top’s Kendi Bynoe who stood out over the longer distances. Bynoe announced her intentions in the 600 metres where she slammed the field in a new zone record – one of 16 to fall – of 1 minute 49.53 seconds. Returning in the 400, she also set a new mark of 1:06.57.
In the sprint medley, she came from about fifth down and pushed Good Shepherd’s Azriel Chadderton to the wire, both clocking 2:10.76 to take three seconds off the record.
Also impressing in that age-group was St Alban’s Tyreke Scantlebury, who set two new records of 13.63 and 27.90 in the 100 and 200 metres respectively.
However, the victor ludorum title went to Selah’s Deshawn Toppin who leapt a record 4.32 metres in the long jump, won the cricket ball throw with 55.59 metres and took the 400 in 1:06.56, Scantlebury placed second in 1:06.80.
To date, 45 records have fallen over the three zones, and the tiny tots in the Under-7 division also made their mark. Competition was fierce and points hard to come by.
Selah’s Cherish Phillips won the 50-metre dash in a new record of 9.28 seconds and joint division champion Charian Alexander of Good Shepherd set a new record of 1.37 metres in the standing broad jump.
Ellerton’s division champion Tyreece Cumberbatch took the boys’ 50-metre race in 9.07, also a new record, and Kamari Slocombe of Selah set a new mark of 1.44 in the boys’ jump.
The titles in the 80-metre dash went to Janae Goodman of Hill Top with a record 12.80 and Maliq Rawlins of St Luke’s Brighton showed a clean pair of heels in 12.46. However, Jaheim Phillips of Welches took the division title with consistent performances in the 80 (12.65) and 150 (24.48) where he was second and third in the 100 metres.
In the Under-11 division, Selah’s Dacia Clarke took the honours, while St Joseph’s Donnico Collymore was most outstanding among the boys.