Schools primed for epic clashes

Cayman’s youngest athletes will soon showcase their undoubted talent in running, jumping and throwing at the 2011 Inter-Primary Championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

The championships are on 31 March and 1 April. At last year’s championships 13 records fell and undoubtedly quite a few will fall at this year’s.

The athletes leading the charge at the record books will include Karim Murray who races in the division boys. He will try to end his Primary School Championships by establishing records in every division in 
which he has competed.

Murray has had a stellar career at these championships winning medals in each year that he has competed since 2006.

A four time division champion and one-time winner of the Victor Ludorum, Murray, a former two-time national youth representative, will present a quandary to St. Ignatius selectors as to which events he will compete in as he is capable of winning the 100 metres, 200m, long jump and high jump.

Rico Bodden of Prospect will in all likelihood present the most serious challenge to Murray in the boys sprint events. He has beaten Murray in the long jump at the 2008 championships but has failed to register a victory in the sprint events.

This however could be his year to change all of that as he has put on some inches since last year and seems a more powerful runner. The battle between Murray and Bodden should be a close and entertaining one.

There are plenty of other little battles to be watched so it is worth getting down to these championships at the end of the month and lending support to the children, some of whom will eventually be competing at the CARIFTA Games and at senior level.