Prep edges out St. Ignatius for private school honors

Cayman Prep and High School are the inaugural holders of the Murray Westerborg Championship Trophy. 

The fourth annual Private Schools Association Track and Field Championships was staged at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last Friday. 

Fending off the challenge from St. Ignatius Catholic and the combined aggregation of Cayman International School, Triple C, Montessori By The Sea and the Wesleyan Christian Academy, the new champions amassed 1,163.5 points to St. Ignatius’s 1,103.5 and the Combined Schools 660 points. 

In the competition amongst the smaller Combined Schools, Cayman International with 266 points edged the impressive Montessori By the Sea (203), Triple C (184) and Wesleyan Christian Academy (77) to take the Small Schools Trophy. 

The meet, which grows every year, again saw a number of records fall as well as a number of impressive early season form from a number of CARIFTA Games hopefuls. 

Year 7 

Preps CUT representative Jaden Francis lowered the division’s 100 meters (13.50 seconds) and 200m (28.40) records as she romped to Overall Division Girls Champion. 

Year 8 

Prep’s Stefanie Bodden scaled new heights (1.20m) to record her name in the record books. Her teammates Jade Pitcairn (9.40m) and Kaleb Trahan (9.90m) were just as impressive in the shot put event. 

Year 9 

Aleksei Seymour became Prep’s third new record holder in a shot put event when she hurled the ball 7.80m, while her teammate Victor Magalhaes continued breaking records in each division with an easy looking new clocking for the boys 800m (2 minutes 25.00 seconds). St. Ignatius’ D’Vonte Joseph’s 10.25m toss of the shot put established a new mark. 

Year 10 

Just like last year, Year 10 athletes stole the show with some impressive performances. Amongst a trio of his school’s CARIFTA Games hopefuls, Karim Murray, 14, was in outstanding form with a string of victories in record time. They were in the 100m (11.12), 200m (22.90) and 400m (55.60) before winning the division’s long jump (5.61m).  

His teammates, Bianca Meghoo established new standards for the girls 100m (13.30) and 200m (27.30) and Isabella Watler won the shot put with a record heave of 8.56m. 

Stefanie Boothe continued her domination of private school girls’ middle distance running and eased her way into the record books again with stellar performances in the 300m (45.70), and 1500m (6.01.00) before capping off her day with a third place finish in the long jump, where her teammate, Valeska Bennett (5.00m) claimed the record for the event.  

Both girls later partnered in the 4x100m relay to establish a new standard of 56.55 for the event.  

Prep’s boys showed that they too had record breakers in the division as Alex Loginov (2.18.00) rewrote the 800m mark and Will Edwards the 1500m with a 4.47.15 clocking. 

Year 11 

Wesleyan Christian’s Roger Jackson showed that record making at the championships was not reserved to the big two as he pulled off the upset of the meet when he stormed to victory in the boys 100m (11.46) over Prep’s Ahmaree Piercy (11.47).  

Piercy returned to record breaking form with victories in the 200m (23.70) and 400m (56.76).  

His teammate, Dominic Dyer, joined him in being a double record breaker for the division as he outclassed the field in winning the 800m (2.10.32) and 1500m (4.22.00) events.  

St. Ignatius’ Eric Wilson completed the list of new record holders for the grouping by winning the shot put (12.06m). 

Years 12-13 

St. Ignatius’s, other CARIFTA Games hopefuls Rochel Gardner and Javdon Nelson completed the list of new record setters. Gardner rewrote her own 300m record with a new mark of 44.70 while Nelson became the first athlete at the meet to run sub-11 seconds, when he comfortably finished in 10.90 in the boys 100m to erase the mark he established last year.  

Karim-Murray

Karim Murray was in sizzling form again.

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