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Randy Bennett

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THE YELLOW STINGING BEES were more like African Killer Bees at Springer Memorial’s Inter-House School sports yesterday at the National Stadium.
And led by “Queen Bee” Tristan Evelyn, Yellow kept their stranglehold on the coveted title for the fourth successive year, just managing to hold off a late challenge from the Blue Blazers.
The defending champions finished on 538.5 points, just ahead of Blue (504), with the Purple Titans third on 438.75 points, and Red Hot Power (434.50) fourth. The Green Mean Machines ended fifth with 393.25.
And although Evelyn, who was crowned the Senior Victrix Ludorum, wasn’t the most outstanding athlete of the day, with that honour going to Green’s Rosette Hoyte, the strongly built 17-year-old produced three memorable performances, including one record-breaking run, which brought the VIP section of the National Stadium to its feet.
Having tied the Division One 200 metres record of 24.69, which was set by Akela Jones back in 2012, Evelyn came storming back to obliterate the field and Jones’ 100 metres record, replacing the old mark of 12.24 with a new one of 11.95.
And just for good measure, she then staged a stunning comeback on the final leg of the Division 1 400-metre relay to give Yellow an improbable victory.
Receiving the baton in fourth position, 30 metres behind first-placed Jalisa Burrowes of Blue, Evelyn powered home down the stretch, passing Burrowes at the 90-metre mark on her way to a stunning victory.
She also won the javelin (21.60 m), the long jump (5.59m) and the 100-metre hurdles (16.01). In addition, she placed second in the high jump (1.35m) and fourth in the shot put (7.26m) to finish with 62 points.
Hoyte though was just as dominant in Division 3, smashing two records on her way to a meet-high 70 points that crowned her the Junior Victrix Ludorum.
The 14-year-old erased the old mark of 1:01.75 in the 400 metres with a new time of 1:01.15, while also claiming the 800 metres record with a run of 2:36.03, eclipsing her own mark of 2:36.19.
Hoyte also added the 200 metres (26.40), the 75-metre hurdles (14.20), and the 200-metre hurdles (33.16) to her list of first-place finishes.
She showed her all-round capability by finishing second in both the 100 (13.29) and the 1500 (6:07.25), and sixth in the shot put (5.65m).
The sixth and final record to be broken was that of the Division 1 girls’ 1500 metres, with Jade Searles’ time of 5:27.72 demolishing the former record of 5:31.16.
Blue also boasted of two divisional champions in Tanicya King and Aaliyah Wilburgh.
King was the queen of Division 5, totalling 48 points, while Wilburgh captured the Division 4 crown with a 50-point performance.
Red was not to be left out, with Shonte Seale giving them their lone divisional title on her way to winning Division 2.
 

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