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All to run for tomorrow


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

All to run for tomorrow

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QUEEN’S COLLEGE are not giving up their boys’ title at the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships without a fight, but Springer Memorial seem to be romping to yet another victory.
After the end of the fourth day of competition at the National Stadium, Queen’s College are back in front with 168 points. The Lester Vaughan School, who led briefly during the day, are in second place on 168 points and The Lodge School third with 127.
The St Michael School are in fourth place with 125 and Combermere round out the top five with 106.
There doesn’t appear to be any team which can get in the way of Springer Memorial winning again.
They are leading by more than 80 points, on 241. The St Michael School are second with 156.5 and Harrison College third with 131. Christ Church Foundation School are in fourth place with 100 points, one more than The Lester Vaughan School.
There was nonstop action today at the National Stadium where five records fell and several near misses in other events.
The race billed as the day’s showdown between St Michael’s Levi Cadogan and Mario Burke of Harrison College never materialised, as Burke pulled up injured in the 400 metres. That did not affect Cadogan, who simply sped away from the field in the Under-20 boys’ 100 metres to post a new record of 10.41 seconds. He broke Shekeim Greaves’ mark of 10.45 set in 2009.
Two races earlier, Springer Memorial’s Tristan Evelyn erased Lucy-Ann Richards’ 11.90 in the Under-17 girls’ 100M which had been standing since 1996. Evelyn was in a class by herself, stopping the clock in 11.87. Danae Gill of the Lodge School was a distant second in 12.37 and Kylia Smith of Springer third in 12.60.
Spectators must still be talking about Tremaine Smith of The Lodge School who dismissed all speculation about his imminent demise with a spectacular 22.34 seconds in the Under-15 boys’ 200 metres.
Going into the final with a qualifying time of 23.18 seconds, the same as Combermere’s Matthew Clarke, Smith blew out of the turn, hit another gear and left everyone in his wake as he replaced Burke’s 22.70 from 2011.  Clarke was second in 22.81 and Antoni Hoyte-Small of Queen’s College third in 23.22.
Sada Williams of Coleridge and Parry is deceptively strong and quick. She hardly seemed to be moving today in the Under-20 girls’ 400 metres despite a commanding lead. It was only when the clock stopped and the official result of 54.04 seconds was announced that everyone realised just how fast she was going.
That time replaced the 54.94 set by Sade Sealy in 2009. Leah Barker of The St Michael School was second in 56.52 and Aisha Bowen of Harrison College third in 57.82.
Barker would feature in a record later in the day. Along with Ayanna Morgan, Shanice Howell and Danielle Scantlebury, she helped set a new mark of 46.83 seconds in the Under-20 girls’ 4×100 metres.
Full details from today’s action, including the field events, will be in tomorrow’s WEEKEND NATION.
Follow this link for results from Day 4.
Points at the end of BSSAC Day 4.
Girls: 1. Springer Memorial 241, 2. The St Michael School 156.5, 3. Harrison College 131, 4. Christ Church Foundation School 100, 5. The Lester Vaughan School 99, 6. Queen’s College 86, 7. Combermere School 79, 8. The Lodge School 74, 9. Alexandra 65, 10. Grantley Adams Memorial 35, 11. Alleyne School 30, 12. Graydon Sealy/Parkinson Memorial 28, 14. St George 24.5, 15. Daryll Jordan Secondary/Frederick Smith Secondary 21, 17. Ellerslie/Coleridge and Parry 20, 19. Deighton Griffith 5, 20. Barbados Independent Schools 2, 21. Princess Margaret 1.
Boys: 1. Queen’s College 194, 2. The Lester Vaughan School 168, 3. The Lodge School 127, 4. The St Michael School 125, 5. Combermere School 106, 6. St Leonard’s Boys’ 95.5, 7. Coleridge and Parry 87, 8. Harrison College 81, 9. Christ Church Foundation School 57, 10. St George 55, 11. Grantley Adams Memorial 46, 12. Alleyne School 38, 13. Deighton Griffith 34, 14. Frederick Smith Secondary 25, 15. Graydon Sealy Secondary 15, 16. Parkinson Memorial/Princess Margaret 11, 18. Alexandra School 10, 19. Daryll Jordan Secondary 7.5, 20. Ellerslie Secondary 4.

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