Sunday, April 21, 2024

17 records tumble at St George


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THERE WAS NOTHING SURPRISING about Blue House capturing yet another inter-house title at St George Secondary School’s sports.
What did come as a surprise, though, were the 17 records that tumbled along the way.
The impressive record-setting display overshadowed Blue’s continued dominance, which saw them romp to their eighth successive title at the National Stadium yesterday.
So comfortable was their victory, that by lunchtime they had already opened up an unassailable 300-point lead over their nearest rivals Green.
They virtually maintained that lead until the end, finishing with 1 324 points, well ahead of Green who ended in second position with 1 035 points. Third place went to Red (983), while Purple (946) came in fourth.
Red’s Shamar Parris accounted for two of those records and added the victor ludorum title to his long list of achievements.
The Under-17 athlete erased the previous 100 metres record of 11.70 seconds with a time of 11.50, before doing likewise in the 200m, replacing the old mark of 24.38 with a new time of 23.50.
And just for good measure he added victories in the 400m (57.56), and the triple jump (10.93m) to go along with third-place finishes in the long jump (4.86m) and the discus (21.89m). Parris also placed fifth in the 800 metres to total 56 points.
An impressive all-round performance by Adrianna Sobers of Blue House saw her being crowned victrix ludorum with a meet-high 71 points. She won the 200m (28.52), 400m (1:08.82), 800 (3:09.03), 1 500 (6:46.03) and 3 000m (17:13.21) and was second in the 100m (14.12).
Jeal Williams was a Blue blur for the entire day, smashing all of the sprint records in the Under-17 Girls’ division.
She lowered the 400m record from 1:04.29 to 1:02.07, before turning her attention to the 100m, where she removed the previous mark of 13.40, sprinting to the line in a time of 13.05.
The 200m record also fell in her wake, with her time of 26.82 replacing the old mark of 27.26.
Despite her dominance in the sprint events, it was actually Anya Williams who claimed the divisional title for Under-17 girls. Anya finished second behind Jeal in all three sprint events, but got 60 points, ten more than Jeal.
Dequan Lovell also had an outstanding meet, during which he equalled one record and obliterated another. His throw of 41.03m gave him a share of the Under-20 Boys’ discus record, while his 13.21m heave in the shot put totally demolished the old mark of 11.65m.


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