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Gilkes repeat as Parkinson champs


JUSTIN MARVILLE, [email protected]

Gilkes repeat as Parkinson champs

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LAST YEAR wasn’t a fluke after all.

Gilkes confirmed their status as the champions of Parkinson Memorial after Blue house easily defended the inter-house title by winning yesterday’s meet by 100 points at the National Stadium.

Holding a 77-point lead over 2013 and 2014 champs Barnett (Green) at the start of the day, Gilkes merely extended that margin by lunchtime before maintaining the cushion following a strong relay performance.

Led by victrix ludorum Trinity Joseph, Gilkes finished with 793 points, exactly 100 better than second-placed Husbands (Red), who passed Barnett by the onset of lunch.

Barnett had to settle for third place with 647 points while Howard (Yellow) pulled up the rear by tallying 577.

So dominant was Gilkes’ pillar-to-post victory that Blue capped the championship by easily winning the open boys’ 4×400 relay after also taking the Division 1 boys’ 4×100 relay in impressive fashion.

Dressed in all black akin to a hit squad, the under-20 team truly put a hurting on the rest of the field when Marcus Arthur gave his side an early lead that Darian Stephens, Shacarlo Boyce and Ijeo Thorne refused to relinquish.

Joseph was similarly impressive in her 200 and 1 500-metres victories en route to a meet-high 51 points in the under-17 girls’ category.

Ashem Vaughn further assisted Gilkes’ charge by amassing 40 points in the under-13 boys’ division following wins in the 100 and 200 metres and second-place efforts in the 400 and long jump.

He had to share the division title with R’jay MCollin though, with the Howard king also tallying 40 points by winning the 400, 800 and long jump.

Gilkes’ Jerad Bartlett also shared the under-17 boys’ honours with Tristan Harper of Husbands after he won the 400 and finished second to Harper in the 100 and 200.

At least Husbands accounted for the victor ludorum trophy by way of the towering Joshua Licorish, who imposed his will on the under-20 field by doing the sprint treble. He got a silver medal in the long jump for good measure before placing third in both the shot put and discus for 50 points.

Terri Daniel also gave Husbands the other under-20 division with 46 when she came second in the 100, 200, 400, discus and javelin following a third-place effort in the shot put.

Barnett had the consolation of winning two division crowns after Shaneil Sandiford and Deidre Dean-Mason captured the under-13 and under-15 girls’ categories respectively.

Amassing a total of 56 points, Sandiford proved a complete terror at the stadium with impressive wins in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and long jump.

Dean-Mason, who finished with 40 points, captured the shot put title and placed second in the 400, 800 and long jump.

Husbands’ Tyrique Harewood won the day’s other division, taking the under-15 boys’ division with 34 points after securing victories in the 400 and 800.

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