Clifton Hunter sprints to a golden finish

Local secondary school track and field athletes competed for bragging rights over two days last week and it was Clifton Hunter High School that emerged with the most to boast about after the dust settled. 

It was the annual Inter-Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Wednesday and Thursday in Grand Cayman. 

Schools entered were 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 Scott.  

Clifton Hunter won 27 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals, collecting 51 medals in all. The John Gray Blazers amassed 59, but they only won 16 golds, so they settled for second in the standings. Layman Scott placed third with 16 medals, including five golds.  

Of the more than 300 athletes performing, some exceptional individual efforts were delivered by athletes such as Tiffany Cole, Tahj Lewis, Troy Long, Kiara McLaughlin, Jonathan Frederick, Javdon Nelson, Jouri Haylock, Ahmaree Piercy, Shenelle Stewart, Zac Hutchinson, Valeska Bennett, Louis Gordon and Pearl Morgan. 

The Inter-Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships were created to promote track and field development in the Cayman Islands. Some athletes used the championships to qualify for the CARIFTA championships in the Bahamas over the Easter weekend.  

The events were 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin and high jump.  

It was sponsored and organised by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Education and the Cayman Islands Athletics Association.