Lowe’s high not enough for Purple
PRESCOD’S (Purple) HASANI LOWE was definitely on a high yesterday, even if the same couldn’t be said for his house.
Lowe put on an impressive display at the National Stadium, but it wasn’t enough to stop Sobers (Red) from dethroning 2013 champions Adams (Blue), on their way to regaining the inter-house title at Lester Vaughan’s annual sports.
Led by a victrix ludorum performance from Tiana Bowen, Sobers were able to survive both a mediocre showing in the relays and a furious late charge from Prescod to capture their second title in three years.
Having led by as many as 80 points at one stage, their final tally of 711 points, was just 35.5 more than second-placed Prescod which finished with 675.5 points.
Adams were forced to settle for third after accumulating 587 points, while Walcott (Orange) 533, Gill (Green) 479.5 and Barrow (Yellow) 395 rounded out the field.
But the day belonged to Lowe, who set the Waterford track ablaze with some sizzling running in the Under-15 Boys’ division, and who no doubt will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC).
He even managed to outshine CARIFTA gold medallist Rivaldo Leacock on his way to being named victor ludorum after collecting 88 points.
The Purple blur was simply in a class of his own, slamming the field in the 100 metres (11.61), 200 metres (23.82) and the 400 metres (54.43), while running virtually unchallenged.
Lowe added victories in the 80-metre hurdles, long jump, shot put, discus and javelin events, and placed second in the high jump.
Bowen, too, was just as dominant, if not as spectacular, in the Under-17 Girls’, with her 62 points crowning her the top female athlete.
She easily romped to first-place finishes in the 100 metres (12.61), 200 metres (24.87), 400 metres (1:00.87) and 800 metres, to go along with her gold in the long jump.
Bowen also placed second in the high jump and fourth in the shot put.
Representing Sobers, Leacock was expectedly king of the Under-17 boys, although he did meet some stubborn resistance from Gill’s Kevin Briggs.
The slimly built 15-year-old captured the 200 metres (22.01), and the 400 metres (49.84), with Briggs finishing second in both races.
However, Briggs created somewhat of an upset when he edged Clarke in a thrilling finish in the 100 metres, his time of 11.06 just better than his rival’s 11.08.
Leacock added wins in the 110-metre hurdles, 800 metres and long jump, while he also placed sixth in the high jump.
Former West Terrace Primary star Leilani Haddock continued from where she left off, as she dominated the sprints on her way to claiming the Under-13 divisional title.
She was a comfortable winner in the 100 metres (12.99), 200 metres (26.56) and 400 metres 1:10.18) as well as the long jump.
Sobers’ supremacy was evident in the girls divisions where they seized all but one of the individual titles, with Brianna Redman (Under-15A), Kayla Codrington (Under-15) and Kayla Worrell (Under-20) all emerging as champions.