The Queen’s College Comets have jumped out front on what was a windy day on Wednesday as the 2019 Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) Track and Field Championships got underway at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The Comets have scored 434 points and the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine trail in second with 396 points. The St. John’s College Giants are a distant third with 153 points.
SAC leads both the under-13 boys and girls divisions. In the boys’ division they have a total of 38 points. The Comets have 38 points for second and the Giants are third with 27 points. SAC leads the under-13 girls division with 51 points. Behind them are the Comets with 42 points. The Giants have 25 points for third place in that division.
SAC also led the under-15 boys division, scoring 46 points. The Comets are close behind in that division with 42 points. The Temple Christian Suns are third with 30 points. The Comets leads the field in the under-15 girls division with 62 points. Trailing them in second is SAC with 30 points. The Suns have 18 points, good enough for third.
In the under-17 boys division, SAC scored 57 points to hold a two-point lead over the Comets. The Giants are a distant third with 32 points. The Comets also lead the under-17 girls division, scoring 68 points, eight points ahead of their closest competitor – SAC. The Giants scored 15 points and are in third in that division.
After picking up a few late wins in the under-20 boys division, the Comets lead that division with 76 points. SAC has 58 points for second place and in third place are the Suns with 19 points. It is a neck-and-neck race in the under-20 girls division as the Comets lead with 60 points. SAC accumulated 59 points on day one. The Nassau Christian Academy (NCA) Crusaders are a distant third with 18 points.
In the field on day one, the Crusaders’ Rhema Otabor threw the javelin 39.44 meters (m) – 129’ 4-3/4” – in under-20 girls division. Once again, she surpassed the CARIFTA qualifying mark of 35.70m (117’ 1-1/2”). She also established a new BAISS record, surpassing the old record of 38.25m (125’ 6”). Otabor qualified for CARIFTA in this event earlier in the season.
Winning the silver medal was Davanna Collie of SAC with a throw of 33.89m (111’ 2-1/4”). The bronze medal was picked up by her teammate Miranda Collie with a throw of 31.17m (102’ 3-1/14”).
SAC’s Ann-Marie Oriakhi won the under-15 girls shot put event with a throw of 12.12m (39’ 9-1 /4”). Jordan Prince William Falcons’ Brenesha Knowles was second with a throw of 10.73m (35’ 2-1/2”). The Comets’ Hailey Butler threw 10.39m (34’ 1”) to win the bronze medal.
There was just one CARIFTA qualifying standard met on the track. That was done by SAC’s Megan Moss who ran 55.36 seconds in the under-20 girls 400m. She went under the CARIFTA qualifying time of 55.92 seconds to qualify in the under-20 girls 400m again. She is the CARIFTA Champion in the under-17 division from a year ago. The Blue Waves’ Jasmine Knowles finished in 56.48 seconds to win the silver medal. Angel Pratt of Queen’s College was third with a time of 58.62 seconds.
A quick look at the time after SAC’s Anthaya Charlton’s ran the under-17 girls 100m hurdles revealed that not only did she win the race but also qualified for CARIFTA and broke the BAISS record. However, it was later revealed that her blistering time of 14.14 seconds was wind assisted and could not be deemed legal. The Comets’ duo of Kasha Neilly and Shaunece Miller were second and third respectively. Neilly ran the race in a time of 15.82 seconds and Miller’s time was 16.07 seconds.
That was Charlton’s second gold medal of the day. She won gold in the long jump with a leap of 5.11m (16’ 9”). Her teammate Tanisha Floyd leaped 4.95m (16’ 3”) to capture the silver medal. The Comets’ Faith Brown leapt 4.63m (15’ 2-1/2”) to win the bronze medal.
SAC’s Jaida Knowles ran a wind-assisted time of 14.37 seconds to win the under-20 girls 100m hurdles. If the time was legal, she would have been the new BAISS record holder in that event. Winning the silver medal was the Giants’ Indea Cartwright with a time of 14.85 seconds. The Comets’ Lyric Brennen finished the race in 15.30 seconds for the bronze medal.
The under-20 boys 400m was anticipated to be a battle between SAC’s Raymond Oriakhi and the Comets duo of Matthew Thompson and Kendrick Major. However, Oriakhi, the 2018 CARIFTA silver medallist from the under-17 division, finished eighth after suffering an apparent injury early in the race. Thompson and Major won gold and silver in that event respectively. Thompson finished the race in a time of 49.57 seconds. Major’s time was 50.27 seconds. Third place went to the Crusaders’ Edward Gayle.
One of the best individual performances of the day came from C.W. Saunders Cougars’ Raywind Winder in the under-13 boys 400m. He left his other seven competitors behind, pulling away from them after the first 50 meters of the race. Winder finished the race in 58 seconds. The closest competitor to him, the Giants’ Christopher Roker, finished in a time of 1:03.30 for second. SAC’s Khalon Christie was third in a time of 1:04.34.
Earlier in the day, Winder won his heat in 57.06 seconds to become the new BAISS record holder in that event. The record was set back in 1997 by SAC’s Don Wood, 1:00:30.
Kingsway Academy Saints’ Damani David came away with two gold medals on the day. He won the under-15 boys javelin, finishing with a winning throw of 36.81m (120’ 9-1/4). The Comets’ Kaden Cartwright threw 36.39m (119 4-3/4”) to finish second, and SAC’s Frankey was the bronze medallist with a throw of 31.05m (101’ 10-1/2”).
David’s second gold medal came in the under-15 boys 1500m race. He won the race comfortably in 4:41.45. SAC’s Cayden King won the silver, finishing in 4:59.84. The Blue Waves’ Kevannio Smith was third in a time of 5:02.26.
Action resumes today with the 400m hurdles preliminaries starting things off at 9:30 a.m. The day will end with the 4x100m relay heats.
The meet ends tomorrow.
Jump Line – The BAISS Championships continue today at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium