Private schools line up again

Track and field athletes will be in action this weekend to boast who has the best athletes from Cayman’s private schools.

The 2013/14 track and field season is set to begin at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 6, with the second staging of the Private High Schools Championships.

The meet, which is staged at an unusual time of the year, is slated to start at 9 a.m.

A total of 59 new records were established at last year’s one-day meet, when Cayman Prep and St. Ignatius Catholic high schools engaged in a colossal tussle for the top places.

In the end, Cayman Prep garnered 44 first places, 36 seconds and 26 third places to St. Ignatius’ 36 firsts, 35 seconds and 32 thirds.

In a meet at which there is no declared winner, Triple C had eight firsts, eight seconds and 14 thirds; Cayman International had three firsts, eight seconds and five thirds, and Hope Academy and Wesleyan each had one first and two thirds, and Grace Christian Academy gained two seconds and three third-place finishes.

Records were set at last year’s meet across all age groups, with athletes from Cayman Prep accounting for 32 of the new standards compared to 20 by athletes from St. Ignatius, five from Triple C, two from Wesleyan and one from Cayman International.

The balance of power may well lie in the performances of the youngest competitors in the year 7 grouping. A look back at last year’s Inter-Primary Championships suggests that athletes from Cayman Academy, Cayman Prep, Cayman International, First Baptist and Triple C outperformed the athletes from St. Ignatius.

The indications are that at this year’s meet many more records may fall by the wayside.

In year 8, Cayman Prep should be ably represented in this group with the likes of Alisalee Aaron and Jasun Sairsingh.

The battle for year 9 top honors should be highly competitive between the top two schools. St. Ignatius will be strong with Stefanie Boothe, Bianca Meghoo and Karim Murray. Prep should counter with Alex Logvinov, Valeska Bennett and last year’s outstanding athlete Corey Mellaneo.

In year 10, if Triple C’s Shalysa Wray reports in the same form as she did last year, she should again set records in the 100 meters and 200m.

Prep’s Ahmaree Piercy was in a class all by himself last year in establishing new records for the 100m, 200m and long jump, and along with schoolmate Caitlin Westerborg, who set a new mark of 7.77 meters in the shot put, will lead a formidable group of athletes from Prep in this year’s Year 10 bracket.

Probably the most open of the year groupings is the year 11 competition between athletes from Prep, St. Ignatius and Triple C. Prep’s Franz Manderson Jr. will aim at setting a new shot put record for the division as he did last year.

With the likes of Javdon Nelson, Rochelle Gardiner, Kaylah Johnson, Luca Polloni and Alex Moroney in year 12 and 13, St. Ignatius is strong in this division.

It is expected that new records will be established in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. The challenge to a possible dominance by St. Ignatius in this grouping will come from Hope’s Paul Laidlaw Jr, Triple C’s Collin Redden and expected strong performances in the field events from athletes from Prep.

The 2013/14 track and field season is set to begin at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 6, with the second staging of the Private High Schools Championships.

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