Nathan Crawford-Wallis of Foundation jumped 1.89 in the Under-17 Boys’ High Jump to break the old record of 1.80.

Romancia Odwin from Foundation School throwing a distance of 31.76 in the Under-20 Girls’ Discus.

Sion Hill from Harrison College threw a record-breaking 62.33 in the Under-20 Boys’ Javelin to remove the old record of 56.50.

Charissa Moore of Harrison College winning the Under-20 Girls’ 800m.

Doubly crowned Foundation ups the ante

Christ Church Foundation School set the bar high yesterday after they took the double crown of the Esther Maynard Zonal Preliminaries of the 2018 Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships (BSSAC).

It was an emphatic victory at the National Stadium as the defending Girls’ Champions of BSSAC successfully defended their Girls’ zonal title and upped the ante by also winning the Boys’ crown. In the Girls, they took the title with 471.50 points and amassed 411 in the Boys for yet another zonal title. On Tuesday, Foundation led in both categories and continued to hold off Springer Memorial, who finished in second on 435 points in the Girls and fended off a strong challenge from second-place finishing Harrison College with 382.50 points in the Boys.

Third place in the Girls went to Harrison College with 284 and Alleyne School was fourth on 215.50 and rounding out the top five was Combermere with 159 points. St. Leonard’s Boys was third in the Boys’ category with 267.50 points while Alleyne and Combermere were in fourth and fifth with 235 and 222 points respectively.

Foundation swept the Girls’ 200m events, excluding the Under-15 Division. CARIFTA hopeful, Hannah Connell, started the ball rolling in the Under-20 Girls’ 200m where she won the timed final with a time of 24.80 seconds. Leilani Haddock was the Under-17 Girls’ winner with 25.23 and the Under-13 Girls’ 200m was won by Shonte Morris in a time of 27.22 seconds. The school from Church Hill also took the two Senior Boys’ 200m races courtesy of Under-17 Boy Jean-Pierre Hinds, who sped down the track and stopped the clock in 22.33 seconds and Jameel Miller in the Under-20 division running under 22 seconds with a time of 21.93 seconds.

Romancia Odwin of Foundation continued her good form by winning the Under-20 Girls’ Discus with a top qualifying toss of 31.76m. She along with Sarah Belle, who won the Under-17 Girls’ 300m Hurdles in 43.69 seconds, have already qualified to represent the island at this year’s CARIFTA Games. Triston Gibbons of Harrison College set the tone for his school in the field events as his record-breaking spree was again in full flight and he eclipsed not just the zonal mark of 14.77m in the Under-20 Boys’ Shot Put set by himself last year, but also the BSSAC finals record of 17.40m by Dequan Lovell with his heave of 18.63m.

Another Foundation athlete, this time a male who brought the first day’s momentum into Day 2, was Nathan Crawford-Wallis, who broke the Zonal record on Tuesday in the Under-17 Boys’ Discus. He added to that by taking down the 1.80m record of Delano Wickham from 2016 in the Under-17 Boys’ High Jump with a new record height of 1.89m. Brandon Fan Fan of St. Leonard’s Boys also surpassed the previous record with a 1.86m jump. Imani Austin also of St. Leonard’s broke the Junior Boys’ Shot Put record of 10.67m set by Crawford-Wallis in 2016. His throw of 12.10 was the best of the lot including two others, Hakeem Sobers (11.18m) of St. George Secondary and Tyrique Bailey-Edwards (11.12m) of Alleyne, who threw further than the old mark.

The field event athletes had a great showing yesterday overall and Duncan Daniel of the champion school broke the Under-13 Boys’ Long Jump record of Caleb Massiah of Harrison College of 4.90m with a 5.05m leap. Daniel also won the Under-13 Boys’ 800m in a time of 2:35.65 minutes. Harrison College’s Caleb Massiah may have lost a record to Daniel, but he placed his name in history in two more events – the Under-15 Boys’ Long Jump and Junior Boys’ Javelin Throw. He took down Aren Spencer’s 2017 mark of 5.98m with his 6.02m effort in the Long Jump and then Matthew Forde’s 34.58m Javelin record fell to Massiah’s 35.68m throw.

College also did well in the Girls with Tia Hinds winning the Under-17 Girls’ High Jump with the bar set at 1.60m, a new zonal record and also Sayidiah Russell was the victor in the Under-17 Girls’ Discus with a toss of 25.27m. Aren Spencer clocked the fastest time in the Under-17 Boys’ 400m Hurdles of 57.98 and Rasheeme Griffith crossed the line quickest in 52.45 seconds in the Under-20 Boys’ 400m Hurdles, which actually started the day well for College.

Today begins the Frank Blackman Zonal Preliminaries at the National Stadium, which include defending Boys’ BSSAC Champions, The St. Michael School and the 2016 Champs Lester Vaughan School.

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