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Day of the Cougars

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Day of the Cougars

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The visiting Cougars of Trinidad and Tobago displayed their usual dominance but the young St Michael School Cougars caught the eye with three emphatic wins during yesterday’s 15th Barbados Relay Fair at the National Stadium.

The St Michael Under-13 girls began their unbeaten display by winning the 1000 sprint medley.

The quartet of Samiya Dell, Jada Williams, Skye Spencer-Layne and Jahzara Holford made it home in 2:30.08 minutes.

They returned to slam the field in the 4×100 metres relays, clocking 53.71 seconds.

With Jodie Williams replacing her twin sister, Jada, and joining Spencer-Layne, Holford and Dell, who ran the anchor leg, they also romped to victory in the 4×200 in a time of 1.55.43 minutes.

Cougars of Trinidad won both the male and female divisions. Their men finished with 109 points with Elite Distance in second on 72 and Pacers third with 51. Cougars’ women finished with 120 points followed by Elite Distance on 90.

Among the schools, St Michael and Springer Memorial topped the girls with 69 points, with St Michael boys also leading the way with 59 points followed by The Lodge School on 33.

Rising Stars’ foursome of Skye King, Arya Maynard and twin sisters Tia Applewhite and Tania Applewhite set a new record of 2:51.41 minutes in the Under-11 Girls’ 1000 sprint medley.

Elite Distance Programme’s (ELD) quartet of Alisa Alleyne, Christian Shurland, Abbygaile Mayers and Reanna Holder established a new mark of 4:18.56 minutes in the Under-15 Girls’ 1 600 metres sprint medley.

The Christianburg Wismar Secondary School of Guyana also shattered a record when Xanyah Melville, Leona James, Deshana Skeete and Shaquana Tyrrell triumphed in the Under-17 Girls’ 1 600 sprint medley in 4:13.98 minutes.

Elite Distance also scripted a new mark of 2:15.39 minutes in the Women’s 1000 Sprint Medley for clubs and institutions through the quartet of Jakeela Griffith, Rickyla Fagan, Sada Williams and Sade Sealy.

Cougars won the Girls’ Under-20 race in 4:17.14 minutes as well as the Boys’ Under-13 1000 sprint medley in 2:36.36 from the St Michael School.

Bermuda Middle School also put their names in the record books, through Under-15 girls Avatar West, Asa Diop Williams, Chase Tanner and Jahre Blakeley, who combined in the 1600 Sprint Medley to cross the line in 3:54.90 minutes. The same quartet had another record-breaking run of 44.84 in the 4×100 relay.

ELD’s Kevin Briggs, Alex Golding, Anthonio Mascoll and anchor Joshua Hunte easily won the Men’s Distance Medley for clubs and institutions in 6:26.25 minutes.

Elite Distance’s Under-11 boys set a new 4×100 metres record of 52.80 seconds.

Cougars were strong in the Under-13 boys, winning the 4×100 relay in 54.26 seconds while the Under-15 girls broke the 4×100 record with a time of 49.35 seconds. The St Michael Under-17 boys – Nicholai Peters, Nathan Roett, Thiery Jordan and Kyle Gale covered themselves in glory by winning another relay in 3:50.90. (EZS)


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