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Grandison dances to victory

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Grandison dances to victory

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DARIO GRANDISON lapped almost the entire field en route to a comprehensive victory in the boys’ 5 000 metres this morning.
Grandison had the honour of taking the very first event on today’s programme of the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.
After crossing the finish line about 80 metres ahead of the nearest competitor, Grandison performed his trademark dance and then calmly walked off as Combermere’s Raheem Skinner came up the straightaway.
He was timed at 16 minutes 44.87 seconds, Skinner in 17:13.05 and Jonathan Jones of Coleridge and Parry third in 17:45.94.
In other events completed this morning, Winmalecia Bowen of Springer Memorial won the Under-20 girls’ discus with 34.39 metres. Dayna Francis of Foundation School and Lester Vaughan’s Ashley Williams were second and third with 30.91 and 30.08m, respectively.
Druanne Butler of Foundation School won the junior girls’ shot put with 9.55 metres, followed by Lester Vaughan’s Diamond Hollingsworth with 9.13 and Ronelle Lovell of Graydon Sealy with 8.63m.
With a best put of 12.47 metres, Gabriel Browne of The St Michael School won the junior boys’ shot put. The Coleridge and Parry duo of Enrique Babb (12.02) and Keron Lopez (10.58) were second and third, respectively.
Crowd favourite Shonita Brome of Alexandra School won the Under-15 girls’ long jump with 5.60 metres. Chasing a CARIFTA qualifying distance of 5.65 metres, Brome was visibly disappointed when she didn’t hit the mar.
Akayla Morris of The Lodge School was second with 5.25m and Cherissa Moore of Harrison College third with5.06m.
The heats of the 200 metres – all age categories – were also run this morning. There were no surprises, with the favourites all advancing to the semi-finals. 
Springer Memorial and Queen’s College continue to set the pace in the points’ races. (SAT)
Points Update:
Girls: 1. Springer Memorial 86, 2. Foundation School 38, 3. The St Michael School 35, 4. The Lester Vaughan School 31, 5. Harrison College 28, 6. Combermere School 26, 7. Queen’s College 24, 8. Grayson Sealy 19, 9. The Lodge School 17, 10. Alexandra School 15, 11. Ellerslie 7, 12. Parkinson Memorial 6, 13. St George/Alleyne/Grantley Adams 5, 16. Darryl Jordan 4
Boys: 1. Queen’s College 60, 2. The St Michael School 51, 3. Coleridge and Parry 42.5, 4. The Lester Vaughan School 35, 5. Harrison College 33, 6. St Leonard’s Boys’ 32.5, 7. The Lodge School 30, 8. Combermere School 23, 9. St George 22, 10. Frederick Smith 18, 11. Grantley Adams/Foundation School 16, 13. Deighton Griffith 13, 14. Graydon Sealy 11, 15. Parkinson Memorial 10, 16. Darryl Jordan/Alleyne School 6, 18. Princess Margaret 4.