John Gray High School took home the championship trophy last week at the 8th Inter-Secondary School Track and Field Meet.
Held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the three-day event consisted of close battles for the win in events such as shot put, long jump, 100 meter dash and javelin.
Aiming to dethrone Clifton Hunter High School, the 2015 champions, from the start to the very final event John Gray did as they set out to do, leading the way throughout the three days. Just when it appeared they would cruise to an easy victory, in the relays on the final day Clifton Hunter’s speed and smooth baton exchanges resulted in the school’s athletes winning seven of the 10 relays. In the end, it came down to the last event on the final day, the 4×400 relay, in which John Gray’s second place finish was enough to topple and dethrone the defending champions.
In the end, John Gray earned just 10 more than Clifton Hunter.
Stars of the event were Cayman Prep’s Dominic Dyer and John Gray’s Ashantae Graham, who were chosen for the Victor and Victrix Ludorum Awards, respectively.
Dyer’s records in the boys under-18 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m open, as well as the 2015 CARIFTA Bronze, earned him the Victor Ludorum award trophy.
Graham’s records in long jump and 100m and 200m earned her the Victrix Ludorum award.
There were several new records set at the meet. Renia Smith established a record in the under-13 girls long jump with a mark of 4.5 meters, while Ashantae Graham set an under-14 girls long jump record with 5.05 meters, as well as records in the 100m and 200m races with times of 13.01 and 26.56 seconds, respectively.
Molly Kehoe set an 800m record with a time of 2:39.17, while Cayman Prep’s Jaden Francis set a record in the 400m with 1:02.01.
Ariyanna Ebanks of Clifton Hunter set records with her 9.38m shot put and in the girls 4x400m with a time of 53.59.
Daujaughn Murray with his time of 51.06 in the 800m, and Duran McDonald’s shot put throw of 11.07m set new records in the boys under-16 events.
In the girls under-18 events, Aijah Lewis’s high jump of 1.64m, Lacee Barnes’s shot put distance of 13.89m and the Clifton Hunters girls time of 51.62 in a one-lap relay set records, while Shaquin Rankine equaled the existing long jump record with a leap of 4.95m.
Dominic Dyer broke two records in the under-18 boys category with wins in the 800m with a time of 1:59.02, and in the 1,500m in 4:09.01.
The 4x100m boys team of Clifton Hunter ran a record of 43.74.
Javon Watler leaped to a height of 1.9m in the high jump.
Isaiah Robinson now holds the record of 22.27 in the 200m, and maintained his record of 11.06 in the 100m.
In the final standings of the meet, John Gray, in first place, had 995 points; Clifton Hunter in second with 985: Layman E. Scott with 174 in third; Cayman Prep had 143; St. Ignatius was in fifth place with 115; Cayman International earned 97 points; Dual Enrollment had 70, and Triple C had 13.