Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Red House reign at Charles F. Broome

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After finishing joint champions with Blue House last time out, Red House ensured there would only be one winner of Charles F Broome Memorial Primary School’s track and field sports day at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex on Friday.

Red finished ten points clear of Gold House in a closely fought battle that went down to the final medley relay, with Green House placing third.

When the dust settled Red House earned 826 points, Gold House tallied 816 points and Green finished on 791, leaving joint defending champions Blue House rooted to the bottom on 728 points.

It was a war of attrition between the two title-chasing houses on the day as both kept nudging their scores higher despite not winning that many races. The Under-7 category proved to be Red House’s strong suit which brought them 71 points from the various events, thanks largely to Malik Williams earning 24 points by winning both the Boys’ 50- and 80-metre events and Shaunyce Wilkinson placing third in the Girls’ 80 metre event.

Tug-of-war between Gold House and Red House. (Picture by Shanice King)

The top female performers on the day were Gold House’s Lillian Greenidge and Che’Nyah Hinkson who scored 24 points each, winning the Under-11 100 and 200 metre events and the Under-13 100 and 400 metres, respectively. Greenidge, in particular, blitzed her peers from the onset leaving only a consolation second place up for grabs.

Green House had both the Boys’ and Girls’ Under-9 division winners in Jdaniko Linton and Zanike Niles. Linton swept the 80,100 and 150 metre events to collect 36 points while Niles got 27 points from winning the 100 and 150 metres.

Ethan Linton was the class of the Under-11 category, triumphing in the 100, 200 and 300 metres.

Physical Education Teacher Alphonza King described the occasion as “excellent” and hoped that those exploits could be a springboard for the athletes’ development.

“Coming back from the [COVID-19] pandemic, I know the children came back a little short, but I’m working with them and going forward we have NAPSAC and we’ll try to be ready for that,” he said, referring to the primary school championships.

“We have a number of athletes who have shown promise today and with more work I’m sure they’ll continue to do well.”

He stressed that anything the school achieved at NAPSAC, which starts on February 6, would be a bonus. (JC)

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