The sounds of intense primary school rivalry will echo throughout the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Thursday and Friday at the annual Inter-Primary Track & Field Championships.
In last year’s championships nine records fell while one was equalled. A few more are expected to go by the wayside this time and the athletes leading the charge at the record books will include Dejaughn Murray of Sir John A. Cumber Division 5 Boys.
Murray had a break out 2011 when he captured the Division 4 sprint double. Tall and strong he has run well so far this season and will take aim at the Victor Ludorum title as he is expected to dominate in both the sprints and the 800 metres Open event where he had a fourth place finish last year. He will spearhead his school’s charge at successfully defending the championships, which they have won in three of the past four years.
George Town’s D’Andre Rowe burst on the scene two years when he blazed to glory in the Division 3 sprints, taking the sprint double and the long jump. Injury hampered his preparation last year but nonetheless he was amongst the medals in both sprints, narrowly losing the 100m to Murray. Should should push Murray all the way and the winner could better Joshewa Frederick’s sprint double record that has stood since 2008.
Kasey Faud-Edwards of George Town totally dominated Class 4 last year, winning the 100m, 200m and long jump. On present form she won’t be easily beaten. Tall and explosive Edwards has displayed tremendous talent and the potential to go far in the sport. She will undoubtedly lead George Town’s charge.
Savannah Primary will rely Vinton Wedderburn in Division 4 Boys for the bulk of their points. He has taken the sprint doubles in the divisions below and wowed spectators with his fine athletic style and speed. As long as he is in good shape it is difficult to see him being beaten.
Joshua O’Garro of George Town was one of the standouts at last year’s championships where he shattered the long jump record in Division 3. He was second to Wedderburn in the sprint events and should again press him all the way this year. A strong and capable athlete who runs with a lot of heart if he reports in the right frame of mind and strength he could again repeat as division champion.
Bodden Town’s Brandon Buchanan is a newcomer to the championships. Buchanan impressed with his power and speed at the CUC Championships earlier this month, where he won the sprint double. The match up between Wedderburn, O’Garro and himself promises to be one of the highlights.
Daekaeli Tulloch of Prospect out sprinted her rivals when she competed in earlier years and on present form there is little to suggest that it will be any different in Division 4 this year. She will again look to take the triple in the division, having won the long jump last year.
Cam’ron Solomon of Sir John A. Cumber was outstanding in Division 2 last year. Solomon is a tight bundle of speed. So far this season he has turned in impressive performances racing in a higher age bracket and once he turns out in good condition he will very difficult to beat in all three events that the boys compete for in this division. Championship honours beckons and the defending champions will certainly be relying on his success in order to retain the trophy.
Ashantae Graham of Savannah is one to look out for too. Judging by the results of the local season to date, this former Red Bay standout will provide a sterling challenge in what promises to be the most competitive division in this year’s Championships.
Bodden Town’s Monique has shown tremendous improvement both in form and times this local season and had impressive victories over Graham at the CUC Age Group Championships a fortnight ago.
When George Town’s Hannah Robinson is added to the mix it is clear why the Division 3 Girls will be the most competitive at this year’s championships. Robinson who won the sprint double in Division 2 last year from both Gordon and Graham will undoubtedly start as favourite to repeat this year but the improvement so far displayed by her two major rivals indicates that she will have her work cut out for a repeat.
Nathaniel Williams of Red Bay will be their dominant athlete in the Division 2 Boys as will be George Town’s Isaac Ebanks.
Of the Division 2 Girls, Tori-Ann Gonez of Red Bay and Brianna Smith of Sir John A. Cumber are ones to watch out for. Smith ran impressively at her school’s Sports Day and showed enough to suggest that should she turn out in similar form that she will press Gonez all the way.