Record day for Alleyne
Alleyne School returned to the National Stadium after a five-year break and in addition to 14 records being broken, Alleyne House (Blue) won the overall Inter-House Track and Field crown for the first time in more than 16 years yesterday.
Tallying 979 points at the Powerade-sponsored event, Alleyne were almost 100 points ahead of Cumberbatch (885). Read, who were champions from 1998 to 2004, were third with 857 and defending champions Haynes last with 812.
With the Isolation Cavaliers’ ground at Lakes, St Andrew, being regraded, the students made the most of the new conditions.
Victor ludorum Kedane Pollard of Read House finished with 61 points and two new records.
With a time of 54.4 (hand timed) in the Under-15 Boys’ 400 metres, he erased Ronald “Concorde” Thorne’s 55.26 from way back in 1985. The 100-metre record of 11.4 seconds, which replaced Ron Forde’s 1987 mark of 11.7, came at a high price.
He finished the race clutching his groin and was unable to compete again.
Pollard also won the long jump and discus; was second in the javelin and 1 500 and fourth in the shot put.
He joins Read’s Ramar Henry who is also on the injured list. CARIFTA hurdler Jahvere Worrell won the Under-20 Boys’ 400 metres in 50.57 seconds, but was also injured and had to watch from the stands.
Haynes’ Khobi Noel broke two records, including the long-standing Under-15 Boys’ 800 metres mark of 2 minutes 23.30 seconds which was set by David Dyall in 1985, slamming the field in 2:16.3. He also lowered his time in the junior boys 1 500 metres from 5:01 to 4:37.9.
Haynes’ Pius Emilien stepped off the plane from Trinidad yesterday morning where he competed at the CARIFTA Trials and set two new records. In the Under-17 Boys’ 1 500 metre, his time of 4:29.7 erased Damien Kellman’s 4:53.9 from 1998 and in the 800, he stripped two seconds off the old mark, posting 2:14.6.
Baggio Bruce of Cumberbatch claimed the title of fastest boy with a record 10.8 in the Under-20 Boys’ 100 metres, replacing Sheldon Hope’s 10.85 from 1985. He got the sprint double with 22.5 in the 200.
In the field, Jarad Mayers of Alleyne cleared 1.66 metres to set a new record in the Under-17 Boys’ high jump and housemate Rashid Trotman joined him soon after with 1.90 in the Under-20 Boys’ event.
Lee-André Walker, also of Alleyne, leaped 4.80 metres in the Under-13 Boys’ long jump, erasing Pollard’s 4.65 metres.
Despite not being as strong as the boys, the girls set three new records.
Haynes’ Vanessa Joseph improved her own mark in the Under-20 Girls’ shot put to 10.86 metres. Aricia Cheltenham leaped 4.38 metres to erase Meshunda Graham’s 4.27 in the Under-15 Girls’ long jump and Read’s Serafina Alleyne threw 28.92 metres in the Under-17 Girls’ discus.
Sadé Sargeant of Cumberbatch took the victrix ludorum title with 66 points. Moving to the Under-20 division, the former junior national netballer won the long jump, high jump and 400 and was second in the discus, 100, 200 and 800 metres behind Adrianne Bynoe. She also picked up points in the javelin and shot put.
Bynoe, the junior national volleyball captain, ran her heart out for Haynes and had 50 points, also placing second in the high jump and third in the discus and shot put. Ka-Neil Gale of Haynes won the Under-15 Girls’ 1 500, 400, 200 and 800 metres and javelin, was fifth in the long jump and seventh in the shot put.
Meshunda Graham of Cumberbatch stepped up to the Under17 division, coming out on top after winning the 100, 200 and 400 metres.