John A Cumber aims for hat-trick

The joyful sounds of children in
competitive play will ring out from the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from
Thursday.

It is the staging of the 2010
Inter-Primary Schools Track & Field Championships. The question on everyone’s
lips at this year’s championships will be whether John A. Cumber Primary make
it a hat-trick over the two days.

The West Bay school handily won the
2008 and 2009 Championships but with the loss of stalwarts such as Jouri
Haylock, Asha Cumberbatch, Miyah Seymour and Amarre Bodden they may be weaker.

John A. Cumber’s charge this year
will undoubtedly be led by last year’s stars Victor Ludorum, Karim Murray and
last year’s Division 3 Girls Champion, Mikayla McLaughlin.

Murray showed impressive form at
the school’s sports day where he won the long jump with a leap of 4.33 metres,
the high jump with a clearance of 1.24m, both the 100m and 200m sprints and
rounded it off with a second place finish in the shot put with a toss of 6.68m.

Competing in Division 4 this year
he is once again a heavy favorite to sweep all before him.

McLaughlin was equally impressive
at her schools sports day, defeating all her rivals in the 800m, 100m, 200m, high
jump and long jump.

On present form it will take a lot
to defeat her at this year as she sharpens her preparation for her assault on
the Under-11 girls sprint double at this year’s Caribbean Union of Teachers
Championships in St. Kitts.

Two athletes however does not
victory ensure but in the likes of Javier Johnson, Chelsea Green, Deandra
Kelly, Adryanna Brown, Kameron Mendes, Stephen Rivers, Ackeem Hydes there is a
strong supporting cast that will make the Bayers truly competitive.

Red Bay Primary should once again
provide the stiffest opposition. Last year they led the championships going
into the lunch break on day two.

This was as a result of some
outstanding performances by their female athletes and a strong field events
showing.

After that the athletes from the Island’s
sprint factory in the West unleashed their awesome power and won the championships
by over 40 points.

A repeat showing by Red Bay could
push them to championship honours as the depth of sprinting talent at West Bay
is not what it was this year.

National representative Bryan
Walters should again lead the Red Bay charge with strong support expected from
the likes of Vinton Wedderburn, Rishane Walters and Valeska Bennette.

In what should shape up to be an
extremely close tussle for championship honours, Prospect remain a contender.

In Division 2 Red Bay is set to
dominate in much the same way as they dominated Division 1 last year when they
took 44 points compared to West Bay’s seven.

Division 3 John A. Cumber’s 52
points in Division 2 last year was 19 better than Red Bay’s but on present form
Red Bay should reduce this deficit.

With the likes of Karim Murray,
Javier Johnson, Mikayla McLaughlin, and Chelsea Greene John A. Cumber earned 73
points in last year’s Division 3. Red Bay earned 48 points. John A. Cumber are
likely to prevail in Division 4.

The defending champions struggled
in Division 4 last year earning 34 points. Red Bay earned 56.5 of their points
from Division 4 last year.

Both schools have lost a number of
athletes who would have been eligible to compete in Division 5 this year but the
loss is probably more pronounced at West Bay.

Last year the open events of girls
and boys 800m and shot put saw West Bay edging Red Bay 32-28 in points. These
events are likely to be just as close this year.

Three of the five relays were won
by West Bay last year.

In the two events that they failed
to win they fielded teams that finished in the top three.

Red Bay failed to win a single
relay event but had five second place finishes. The teams shared a 70-50 split
in the relay points.

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