Gale makes them see Red
THE NATIONAL STADIUM was almost flattened by gale force winds yesterday.
But what some people were mistaking for a hurricane, turned out to be Haynes’ (Red) Ka-Neil Gale, who turned in a breezy performance to lead her house to the inter-house title at Alleyne’s sports.
Gale, the victrix ludorum, was in a destructive mood on her way to winning six events to help Haynes dethrone two-time defending champions Alleyne (Blue).
Their eventual total of 988 points made them comfortable winners, as they finished more than 150 points ahead of second-place Read (Yellow), 827.
Cumberbatch (Green) finished third on 806 points, while it was a hard fall from grace for Alleyne, who ended in fourth with 782 points.There was no stopping Gale though, as she blew past her opponents to register wins in the 100 metres (13.47), 200m (26.48), 400m (1:01.06), 800m and 1500m.
She also came first in the discus, second in the long jump, third in the javelin and fifth in the shot put, to end with a meet-high 78 points.
Despite finishing last, Alleyne still managed to produce the victor ludorum in Lee-Andre Walker, who collected 57 points.
Walker had an enthralling day-long battle with Cumberbatch’s Daran Hinds, with the two Under-15 athletes producing the best race of the meet.
Walker’s time of 55.46 in the 400m relegated Hinds (56.13) to second position, before the latter turned the tables in the 100m, sprinting home in a time of 12.10, with Walker just behind in 12.28.
The 200m then produced a true classic, with both runners being clocked at 24.20 seconds, although Hinds was eventually awarded the win.
Walker added wins in the javelin and the long jump, to go along with a third-place finish in the discus and fourth-place showing in the shot put.
Read’s Kedane Pollard was also outstanding on the day, the Under-17 athlete notching victories in the 100m (11.59), 200m (23.09) and the 400m (52.07).
He also has the distinction of being the fastest boy at the school, with his time in the 100m even better than that of the Under-20 boys, which was won by Alleyne’s Brandon Yearwood in 11.94.
Haynes’ dominance was highlighted by the fact that they captured four divisional titles.
Along with Gale, Shemia Odeine and Kadeisha Williams both shared the Under-15 girls title, each amassing 38 points, while Jeneva Miller and Akio Bartlett topped the Under-20 girls and boys divisions respectively.