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Hillaby sitting pretty

Randy Bennett

Hillaby sitting pretty

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The rain prevented any champions from being crowned yesterday.
Hillaby Turners Hall Primary will just have to wait until today.
With nine events still to be contested, they have virtually clinched both the boys’ and girls’ titles in the Anton Norris Zone, during yesterday’s rain-affected Pine Hill Dairy National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships (NAPSAC) at the National Stadium.
Turners Hall, the defending girls’ champions, are poised to do the double, having so far accumulated 165 points in the girls’ division, almost 30 points clear of second-placed A. Dacosta Edwards Primary (136).
They also hold a dominant lead in the boys’ section, finishing the day on 167 points, 38 more than St Judes, who are second on 129 points.
Cuthbert Moore, last year’s boys’ champions, are eighth on 47 points, while Belmont Primary who shared the girls’ title with Turners Hall last year, are ninth in that division with 49 points.
With the Open Boys’ and Girls’ high jump, the cricket ball throw for Under-9 Boys as well as for both the boys and girls in the Under-11 and Under-13 divisions, the Under-11 Boys’ long jump, and the Under-7 Boys’ tennis ball throw set to be completed today, there is still a possibility of upending the leaders, however slight it may be.
The incomplete schedule meant that there were no divisional champions up to press time, with points from the uncontested events needed to finalize individual scores.
Heavy early morning showers resulted in an hour-long delay, but that didn’t stop nine zonal records from being broken in a competitive afternoon session.
All Saints’ Primary’s Tiffon Gill got the ball rolling in the very first race, stamping her authority in the Open Girls’ 600 metres, coming home in a time of 1:56.60, reducing the old mark of 2:00.42 by almost four seconds.
Shortly afterwards, St Judes Primary’s Tyrease Holder obliterated the Under-7 Boys’ 50-metre dash record of 9.13 seconds, clocking 8.80. Second-placed Jakobe Davis of St Matthews also went under record time (9.10).
Torian Waldron also produced a splendid run, upsetting pre-race favourite Raheem Taitt-Best of St Martin’s Mangrove to set a record in the Under-13 Boys’ 400 metres, with a time of 1:03.48. This relegated Best’s time of 1:05.03 from his winning heat to second best. Best, however won the 100 and 200 metres.
Other records that fell included the Under-7 Girls’ standing board jump, with Shakara Belgrave-Worrell of All Saints registering a leap of 1.39 metres. Compatriot Rojay Sobers broke the boys’ equivalent with a jump of 1.40.