Sprinter breaks 30-year record
Kevin Barton broke three records, including one that stood for 30 years, but it was business as usual with Adams House romping to yet another victory at the St Leonard’s Boys’ Inter-House Track and Field Championships yesterday.
Barton, of Adams, clocked 21.4 seconds (hand time) in the 200 metres to erase the 22 seconds flat set by Kirk Rock from way back in 1982. Kion Joseph of Springer was second in 21.9 seconds in the Powerade-sponsored event at the National Stadium.
The pair was locked in battle all day in the Under-20 division, with Barton holding the slight edge. In the 100m, Barton’s time of 10.5(2) replaced Everton Evelyn’s 10.59 from 1994, with Joseph second in 10.5(5).
In the 400, Joseph broke away with 150 metres to go and seemed to have the race all wrapped up, but Barton chased him down and drew level. With the naked eye, it appeared as though Joseph had just nipped home, throwing himself across the line, but both clocked 48.8, down from the 49.5 by Christopher Pitt in 1986.
Barton also anchored Adams to a new mark of 44.1 in the 4×100 metres relay, but it was Joseph who claimed the victor ludorum title with 64 points.
Joseph sat out the 800 metres, but in events completed before yesterday, the Pan Am Juniors bronze medallist won the 110m hurdles in a record 13.9 to erase the 14.64 by Adams’ Rawle Sealy from last year. Sealy was second in 14.4 and Adams’ Akeim David, who won the 800 (2:13), was third in 14.5.
Joseph also won the 400m hurdles in 55.8, destroying David’s (56.1) time of 58.37 from last year and the 5 000 in 19:40 minutes. He was third in the high jump (1.70 metres), which was won by Adams’ Klode Thompson in a record 2.00m flat.
In the field, CARIFTA qualifier Tristan Whitehall of Springer also set a record of 15.02m in the shot put, raising the mark from the 14.29m he did last year. He also won the discus with 36.62m.
The Under-20 division is strong, with Avery Roach, Mario Phillips and Marcus Cadogan all providing depth.
Dylan Caddle of Worrell won the Under-17 boys’ 100m in 11.1, erasing Ian Smith 11.3 from 1984, but he didn’t compete in many events yesterday. Sadrian Ward of Adams won the division, taking the 200m in 22.8, the 400 in 55.5; the 110mh in 16.8 and the 400m hurdles in 62 seconds.
Worrell’s trio of Jaquone Hoyte, Jevon Hunte and Zidan Harte led the Under-15 division with Hoyte setting a new record of 11.3 in the 100m, replacing the 11.4 by Ian Smith from 1983. He did the double with 23.3 in the 200, while Hunte won the 400m (56.3), 300mh (44.1) and also took the shot put (9.09) and discus (30.96) to be crowned division champion.
In the 800m, Deshawn Bobb of Worrell clocked 2:00 to erase Wilan Louis’ 2:13.40 from 1996. They combined to lead Worrell to a record 1:45 in the junior boys’ sprint medley, shattering the 1:51 by Adams from 1992.
Springer’s Chemar Holder, is also one to watch in that division.
King’s Justin Forde was the Under-14 boys’ champion with 30 points. He won the 100, 200 and long jump and Shamar Wharton of Hackett triumphed in the 400 metres.
In the Under-13 division, Simeon Waldron of King won the 100 (14.0) and 200 (27.7), while Hackett’s Shakiel James took the 400 and 800 in 1:09 and 2:43, respectively.
Just how many titles Adams have won is lost somewhere in the annals. Most replies from long-serving staff put it at “thirty-something” and they ran away with it again with 638.5 points.
Worrell gave them a good run with 501 points and Hackett were third with 319. King (269), Springer (263.5) and Hackett with 186, took the other positions.