Fabulous times and performances were witnessed in the preliminary rounds of the Inter-Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Wednesday.
The finals are on Thursday from 2-9pm and promise to be even more exciting. Entry to the stadium is free and the general public is encouraged to go out and support the 300-plus athletes competing.
Schools entered are Triple C, Cayman International, Grace Christian Academy, John Gray, Cayman Academy, Wesleyan Christian Academy, St. Ignatius Catholic, Cayman Prep, Clifton Hunter, Montessori By the Sea and Layman E. Scott.
The Inter-Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships were created to promote track and field development. Some athletes are using the championships to qualify for the CARIFTA championships in the Bahamas over the Easter weekend.
There are 11 events: 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3,000m, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin and high jump.
Thanks to the renewed attitude of the Cayman Islands Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Education and the Cayman Islands Athletics Association in holding these championships, there is again huge participation and a great atmosphere from all in attendance.
Minister of Sports Mark Scotland and Dalton Watler, president of the athletics association, have put much time and effort into promoting these championships, as has Bernie Bush, the track association’s vice president.