Red Bay champs in thrilling finish

Cayman’s youngest athletes put on a
dazzling display of running jumping and throwing at the 2010 Inter-Primary
Championships last week.

 The Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Thursday
and Friday saw 13 records broken.

Ultimately, Red Bay Primary beat
back the determined challenge of the defending Champions, John A. Cumber
Primary in one of the most pulsating    
and gripping finishes in the history of the championships.

Like two heavyweight boxers both
schools battled all the way to the finish line and the championships were only
decided after the running of final relay events.

The new champions established a
good lead at the end of the first day and throughout the morning session of the
final day increased their lead over both Prospect and West Bay.

However, at the end of the morning
session of the second day’s competition the John A. Cumber had battled back to
take a half-point lead going into the lunch break.

With the 80 metres, 100m and relay
finals to come it was anybody’s game.

Throughout the final day’s
afternoon session the John A. Cumber and Red Bay traded victories but the new
champions added better place finishers to their victories to end the sprint
finals with a slim 16.5 point lead over the West Bayers.

All attention was now turned to the
relays. With their awesome looking senior girls’ team disqualified from the day
before for an exchange violation John A. Cumber could not afford any mishap in
the relays but that was exactly what happened in the first final.

The junior girls 4x100m team of
John A. Cumber obliterated their opponents and crossed the finish line well
ahead of the other teams but an unfortunate baton exchange violation would see
them disqualified and lose 12 invaluable points.

Red Bay moved up to the second
position and effectively claimed the championships.

John A. Cumber posted impressive
victories in the junior boys 100m relay and the senior boys 100m relay but by
then Red Bay were too far ahead.

Red Bay grabbed 328 points to John
A. Cumber’s 319.50 with Prospect third on 280 points.

The champions’ depth of athletic
talent indicates that they will be hard to beat next year although Prospect,
George Town and Savannah displayed enough promising talent to show that they
will have to be reckoned with in the immediate years to come.

It could however, be a number of
years before the athletes from Town Hall Road restore themselves to the top of
the standings as they are poised to lose the cream of their athletic talent at
the end of the current school year and have only shown glimpses of talent in
the lower divisions compared to Red Bay, Prospect, George Town and Savannah.