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St Catherine,  St Philip on top

Ezra Stuart

St Catherine,  St Philip on top

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ST?PHILIP?SCHOOLS St?Catherine and St Philip Primary swept the girls’ and boys’ titles, respectively when the National Primary Schools Athletic Championships (NAPSAC) got under way with the Obadele Thompson Zone at the National Stadium yesterday.
The Gomez and Western Services-sponsored St Catherine won the girls’ title with 173.5 points from St James, who amassed 165 points.
St Philip Primary were third on 106. St Philip Primary prevented St?Catherine from doing the double by winning the boys’ title with 161 points.
St Catherine, who had led throughout the day, faltered in the relays and had to settle for second place with 151 points. Workmans came third with 124 points.
A number of athletes caught the eye during the lengthy day’s programme, with St Philip Primary’s Khadejah Straughn and Chalky Mount’s Tamika Husbands winning all three of their individual events to share the victrix ludorum title with 30 points.
Straughn, the daughter of Brittons Hill’s footballer Paul Straughn, established two new zone records with a winning time of 13.83 seconds in the Under-13 Girls’ 100 metres, while she leapt 3.78 metres in the long jump. She returned to complete the sprint double, winning the 200 metres with a time of 28.95 seconds.
Workmans’ Jamiya Best took second place in both the 100 and 200 metres,  clocking times of 14.22 and 29.60, respectively. Best, however, won the 400 metres in 1:14.38.
Husbands won the Under-9 Girls’ 80 (13.59), 100 (16.51) and 200 metres (25.40) while St Ambrose’s George Nicholls was the day’s other record breaker with a leap of 1:39 metres in the Under-7 Boys’ standing broad jump.
Trinity Academy’s Joshua Collymore earned the victor ludorum title with 26 points after winning the Under-9 Boys’ long jump (2.65 metres). He was also second in the Under-9 Boys’ 80 and 100 metres.
St Philip Primary’s Miguel Mondesir did the sprint double among the Under-13 Boys’, winning the 100 metres in 13.72 from St Margaret’s Arrigo Aymes (14.40) and the 200 metres in 28.40 from his schoolmate Ju-sean Shepherd (29.49). Aymes won the 400 metres (1:10.77).
Mondesir was also part of St Philip’s successful open sprint medley relay quartet, while St Philip also swept the two top positions in the Open 800 metres, courtesy Nathan McCollin (2:50.61) and Zavion Nurse (2:52.31).
St Catherine did likewise in the Girls’ Open 600 metres, with Rynell Weekes winning in 2:15.38 minutes from her schoolmate Tiara Griffith (2:17.78) but dominated the cricket ball throws.
Deneisha Forde (19.10) triumphed among the Under-9 Girls; Ryheem Callender (31.00) did likewise in the Under-9 Boys; Wenai Steele-Inniss (11.90) took the Under-7 Girls’ tennis ball throw and Reann Jordan (29.92) won among the Under-11 Girls. Tre Jordan (42.32) was also the Under-11 Boys’ winner and got a second win in the long jump (3.97).
Malik Payne of St James had the day’s longest throw when he won the Under-13 Boys’ event with 47.40 metres.
Ti-Juanna Welch of Wills Primary was the top Under-11 girl, winning the 100 (15.10) and 200 (31.76) metres and placing second in the 400, won by Weekes of St Catherine in 1:19.02.
Chalky Mount’s Nazeer Marshall also did the sprint double among the Under-11 Boys, winning the 100 (14.89) and 200 (30.57) but St Mark’s J’Noy Davis triumphed in the 400 metres (1:11.52).

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