The C.H. Reeves Raptors and the C.R. Walker Knights are out front in the junior and senior schools categories respectively after day one of the 2019 Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (GSSSA) Track and Field Championships over at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The Raptors accumulated 262.50 total points on day one. Behind them is the defending junior champions, the A.F. Adderley Tigers, with 244 points. In third place is the H.O Nash Lions with 143 points. The scores do not include the under-15 boys discus and javelin events, and the under-15 girls high jump event which were not tabulated up to press time.
Over on the senior side, the defending champions C.R. Walker Knights have 209.50 points. After having the lead at one point, the C.I. Gibson Rattlers now sit in second with 181.50 points. Sitting far behind in third are the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins with 123 points. The under-20 girls 4×100 meters (m) race is not included in the tally.
In the under-15 girls 400m race, the Raptors took gold and silver. Winning was Aliyah Brown with a time of 1:02.34. Her teammate Marquell Newbold finished the race in 1:05.53 for second. The Tigers’ Zaria Forbes won the bronze as she recorded a time of 1:08.89.
It was gold and silver for the Raptors again in the under-13 boys 100m and 400m races. In the 100m, Lamonte Butler crossed the finish line with a time of 14.13 seconds. Bryson Rolle dipped after him in a time of 14.50 seconds, holding off the Tigers’ Derek Russell who finished in a time of 14.52 seconds. In the 400m, Finleey Etienne and Senen Pintard finished in times of 1:06.52 and 1:07.70 respectively. The bronze medalist was T.A. Thompson Scorpions’ Mataeo Minnis. He recorded a time of 1:13.27.
The Tigers won gold in the under-13 boys 1,200m and under-15 boys 1,500m races. In the 1,200m race, Carvin St. Remy won in 4:21.86. Four seconds later, D.W. Davis Royals’ Samuel Ariste crossed the finish line. Ariste’s teammate was third as he crossed the finishing line in 4:27.12. Mahkai McPhee finished the under-15 boys 1,500m race with a time of 5:01.72. Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves’ Kevinson Felix won the silver medal with a time of 5:07.29. Finishing behind him was the Raptors’ Perez Bullard in a time of 5:08.99.
In the 4x100m relays, the Tigers won two out of four in the junior category. They won the under-13 girls and the under-15 boys races. In the under-13 girls race, they crossed the finish line in a time of 58.26 seconds. The boys finished with a time of 49.39 seconds. The S.C. McPherson Sharks were the silver medalist in the boys race in a time of 49.94 seconds. The Lions won the bronze medal with a time of 50.01 seconds. Second to the Tigers’ girls were the Lions – they finished in a time of 59.17 seconds. The Raptors won the bronze as they recorded a time of 59.36 seconds.
On the senior side, the Knights dominated the under-17 boys and girls 400m races. Wendall Miller won the boys race with a time of 53.49 seconds. Second to him was R.M. Bailey Pacers’ Beyker Dhati with a time of 53.57 seconds. Miller’s teammate Tamar Cash won the bronze medal in a time of 53.66 seconds. Sierra Higgs won the girls race in a time of 1.01.87. Picking up the silver and bronze medals were C.V. Bethel Stingrays’ Garanique Evans and Chassica Tarris. They recorded times of 1:04.18 and 1:05.92 respectively.
The Mystic Marlins’ James Augustine picked up two gold medals in the under-20 boys 400m and the under-20 boys 4x100m races. In the 400m race he clocked 50.24 seconds, finishing ahead of the Knights’ Terry St. Louis who recorded a time of 51.52 seconds. The Rattlers’ Jimpsley Fluerant was third with a time of 51.79 seconds. Augustine anchored his school in the 4x100m relay. He brought his team across the finish line in a time of 43.72 seconds. The Timberwolves got the silver as they crossed the finish line in 44.09 seconds. The Knights, who led until the third leg, dropped to third place as they ran the race in 44.17 seconds.
In fourth position on the junior side were the Royals with a score of 104.50 points. The Sharks are behind them with a score of 97 points. Sixth position belongs to the L.W. Young Golden Eagles with 92 points. Filling the seventh and eighth spots are the Timberwolves and Scorpions with 54 and 53 points respectively.
Over on the senior side, the Stingrays are close behind the Mystic Marlins with 117 points. The Pacers are fifth with 106 points. In sixth sit the C.C. Sweeting Cobras with 71 points. The Government High School Magic and the Timberwolves are seventh and eighth with 56 and 33 points respectively.
Today is the final day for the juniors as the Tigers look to chase down the Raptors for the top spot. Over on the senior side, the Rattlers will try to catch the Knights. The seniors end their championships tomorrow.
There weren’t any CARIFTA qualifiers on the first day of competition.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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