The fourth staging of the Private Schools Track & Field Championships heralds the start of the new track season Friday at the Truman Sports Complex. A total of 39 new records were established last year, and a similar number is possible this time round.
Athletes from St. Ignatius accounted for 22, Prep set 14, and Grace Christian two, and Triple C produced the others.
Leading the record chasers at this year’s meet from St. Ignatius will be Javdon Nelson, who should lower the standards he set in the Years 12/13 Boys 100 meters (11.09 seconds) and 200m (22.69).
Rochel Gardner will look to lower her 12/13 girls 100m, 300m marks (12.38, 45.75) and aim at Hannah Tatum’s 200m mark (27.50).
Karim Murray (11.59, 24.34 and 5.63m long jump) ran faster last year in Year 9 than the existing 100m record for Year 1, equaled the long jump record for that age group and was marginally outside the 200m record.
He is expected to lower the existing records for those events in Year 10; Azuka Obi record holder of Year 8 Boys long jump (4.75m) will try to improve Murray’s Year 9 record.
Cayman Prep record-chasing athletes will be led by Stefanie Booth, who has dominated the middle distance records in the past three years and should add the Year 10 Girls 300m, 800m and 1500m records to her impressive resume.
Her times last year in the 300m (46.74) and 1500m (5:49:54) as a Year 9 athlete are far superior to the existing Year 10 records for these events, and her best time for the 800m (2:52:52) is marginally outside the Year 10 record for the event (2.51.00).
Ahmaree Percy will build on his Year 10 200m and long jump records (24.10 and 5.63m, respectively) by securing the Year 11 Records (24.34, 6.15m);
Jasun Sairsingh will try for the Year 9 100m (11.59), 200m (24.34) and 400m (57.67) records.
Alex Loginov (5.01.99) has an outstanding chance of demolishing the existing Year 10 Boys 1500m record (5.00.57) and Valeska Bennett’s Year 9 long jump mark (4.34m) is superior to the existing Year 10 record (4.11m), which she is expected to easily surpass.
The Combined Schools are not without their record hunters: Wesleyan Christian’s Veko Ramgeet, who set the Year 10 Boys 400m record last year (57.93), is capable of breaking the Year 11 mark (57.62).
The Small Schools Trophy will be awarded to the team earning the top points in the Combined Schools aggregation, while Prep and Catholic will compete for the Big Schools Trophy, with the Murray Westerborg Championship Trophy going to the overall champion school or combined school grouping, based on the final points standings.