Hat-trick for Husbands
by LINDON YARDE HUSBANDS (RED) HOUSE blew away the competition at the Parkinson Memorial Inter-House Athletic Championship yesterday to complete a hat-trick of titles.
Michael Brown was a flag-bearer of Husbands’ dominance, and he capped an outstanding day with a sensational final leg in the boys’ medley.
The Under-15 division champion, anchorman Brown led going into the final 300 metres but Under-17 Boys’ champion Taariq Holder of Gilkes rushed by him, opening a 15-metre gap. The move drew most of the spectators to their feet for the much anticipated homestretch battle, which was simply breathtaking.
At the 90-metre mark, Browne made one last tremendous surge, drawing closer to Holder with every stride as the line beckoned. They flashed across the line together, leaving fans divided about the winner. In the end, it was Brown’s torso that separated the pair.
Brown’s partners were Zachary Joseph, Nicoli Cox, the Under-13 division champion; and Chamar Blanchard, who ran the 200 leg for the successful side. Brown also won the Boys’ 800 metres and 1 500 metres. Victrix ludorum Janeil Reid was awesome as she contributed 86 points to Gilkes’ tally. She entered nine events, winning seven and placing second in the other two (the 800 metres and discus). Reid took the 100 metres in 12.20, the 200 in 25.25, the 400 in 1:02.63. In other events held earlier at the school grounds in the Pine, she had wins in the 1 500 metres, javelin, shot put, and long jump. Another Husbands athlete to shine was Under-15 division super girl Abianne Burrowers, who collected 52 points. She won the 800 metres in 2:46.87, the 200 in 26.92 seconds, the 100 in 13:15 seconds, and the 400 (time unavailable).
Mitchell Joseph of Husbands was the top Under-20 boy, with victories in the 100, 200 and 400 metres.
Tanija Maughn of Barnett dominated the Under-17 Girls with 52 points. She won the 200, discus and long jump.
Howard’s top athlete was Under-13 girl Ann Hoyte, who won the 100 in 13.88, the 200 in 29.48 and the 400 in 1:10.50.
By the break for lunch at the National Stadium,
Husbands were home free with a 200-point advantage, leaving the competition to fight for second place.
Husbands racked up 962 points, while Gilkes (Blue) were second with 688, Barnett (Green) third with 575, and Howard fourth with 504.
VICTRIX LUDORUM Janeil Reid (right) of Blue House battling with Sarah Lawrence in the Under-20 Girls’ 200 metres.
ABIANNE BURROWES of Red House was the Under-15 girls’ divisional champion.
(Pictures by Kenmore Bynoe.)
TOP BOY: Victor ludorum Mitchell Joseph helped Red House retain the title.