Red Bay can paint GT red

Smarting from their unexpected defeat by Sir John A. Cumber Primary School last year the 2010 Champions of Primary School Track & Field and led by Coach Anthony Chin, Red Bay were in no mood to be runners up at this year’s championships. 

It was staged at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last Thursday and Friday. In one of the most lop-sided championships in recent history the maroon clad athletes of the Red Bay Primary School out ran, out sprinted, out leapt and out jumped all other schools as they romped to a victory that was seemingly assured as early as the end of the first day of competition. 

Amassing a whopping 402 points they obliterated the defending champions from West Bay (216) and easily turned back the challenges of Prospect Primary School (284) and George Town (221) as they marched to an utterly impressive victory. 

Red Bay’s dominance was underlined by their winning of both the Boys and Girls Division of the Championships, producing five Division Champions and being responsible for five of the 14 records broken. 

Red Bay’s Jaevan Maxwell re-wrote the Division 3 Boys Long Jump mark with 4.05 metres, while his team-mates Dru McLaughlin, Tijonae Welcome and Lamar Reid did likewise with the Division 2 Boys Long Jump (3.56m) the Division 4 Girls High Jump (1.21m) and the Division 4 Boys High Jump (1.30m) respectively. The school’s 800m Medley Relay team was also in record setting mode, in 2 minutes 10.96 seconds. 

George Town’s super athlete Kasey Faud-Edwards erased the Division 5 Girls 100m mark (13.64secs) and her team-mate, Justina Bodden (8.13m), added a new benchmark for Shot Put Open for Girls event.  

Cayman Academy’s Jevaughn Lindsay and Cayman Prep’s Victor Magalhaes established double records at the championships. Lindsay set new marks for the Division 5 Boys 100m (13.36secs) and 200m (27.67secs), while Magalhaes did the same in the Invitational Boys Long Jump (4.26m) and 200m (28.20secs) events.  

Other record setters were Bodden Town’s Brandon Buchanan in the Open Boys 800m (2.39.32), West Bay’s Paul Jacas in Boys Open Shot Put (8.58m) and Cayman Academy’s Teshika Smith in Division 2 Girls Long Jump (3.24m). 

In the Division 1 Girls Savannah’s Renia Smith out-sprinted her opponents as she easily won the division’s two events, the 60m and 80m in convincing style. 

Of the Division 1 Boys, Red Bay’s Bradley Erskine showed good form and technique in his victories in the Boys 60m and 80m dashes in withstanding the challenges of his team-mate Alex Gordon. 

The Division 2 Girls star was Red Bay’s Tori-Ann Gonez who continued where she left off in two years of competition in Division 1. Not content with breezing to delightful victories in the 80m and 100m sprints, it took a record jump by Cayman Academy’s Teshika Smith to deny her a third gold medal in the Long Jump. 

Division 2 Boys stellar performance came from George Town’s Isaac Ebanks and Red Bay’s Nathaniel Williams shared who shared honours. Ebanks earned his share of the accolades with victory in the Long Jump and second place finishes behind the irrepressible Williams in the 80m and 100m events. Williams completed another fine performance with a third place finish in the Long Jump event. 

In the Division 3 Girls, Bodden Town’s Monique Gordon was impressive as she swept all before her with victories in the 100m, 150m and Long Jump to secure divisional honours. On her present developmental path it is easy to see her emulating the feats of Mikayla McLaughlin and Kasey Faud-Edwards in the not too distant future. 

Division 3 Boys produced Prospect Primary’s Xavi Rivera who had hard fought victories in the 100m and 150m along with an eighth place finish in the Long Jump. 

Division 4 Girls saw a shocking first-time loss at the championships in the 200m for Daekeli Tulloch, where she was beaten into second position. That did not prevent her from winning yet another divisional girls crown as she rebounded with a smashing run in the 100m and helped by a second place in the Long Jump secured Championship honours for the third successive year. She also turned in a creditable run in anchoring her school to victory in the Senior Girls 4x100m relay. 

Of the Division 4 Boys, George Town’s Joshua O’Garro second place finishes in Long Jump and 100m as well as fifth place in the Boys 800m Open and victory in 200m not only ensured him divisional honours but for the second successive year earned him enough points to win the Outstanding Overall Male Athlete award. 

Division 5 Girls lauded George Town’s Kasey Faud-Edwards whose brilliant performances ensured that her school took the double in producing the outstanding overall athletes of the championships. Faud-Edwards opened the championships with an accomplished run in winning the Girls 800m Open.  

She followed up by scorching the field in the 100m and 200m, in the process establishing a new record for the shorter distance and for good measure took sixth place in the Long Jump and ran an impressive eye catching final leg on her school’s Senior Girls 4x100m to snatch the silver medal away from the new champions. Faud-Edwards ends her Inter-Primary run with only one loss on the track. 

In the Division 5 Boys Red Bay’s Javon Watler secured honours with victories in the Long and High Jumps and a third place in the 100m upstaging the likes of George Town’s D’Andre Rowe, Sir John A. Cumbers Daujaughn Murray and Cayman Academy’s Jevaughn Lindsay to take the title. 

The final point standings gives a clear indication of the dominance of the new champions and given the depth of talent they showcased across all divisions and discipline it may be quite a while before they relinquish the title.  

East End Primary took the runners-up trophy for small schools while Cayman Academy copped the small school’s trophy. 

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Lyandrea Watson (Lane 3) of Prospect beats Red Bay’s Deneisha Taylor (Lane 8) and Jenique Russell of East End (Lane 5) – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD