The Queen’s College (QC) Comets and the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine walked away as the overall junior and the senior champions at the just completed Bahamas National High School Track and Field Championships. SAC won four of the eight divisions at the three-day meet which wrapped up on Saturday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, the Comets won two divisions, and the L.W. Young Golden Eagles and C.H. Reeves Raptors won one apiece.
However, in the combined junior and senior scores, QC and SAC split the awards.
QC was able to hold off their arch-rival in the combined junior category, scoring 238 points. SAC finished seven points behind with 231 to finish second. The C.H. Reeves Raptors finished third overall with 219 points. The Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons scored 215 points and finished fourth.
In the senior category, SAC did enough to hold off QC. They scored 589.50 combined points. QC finished second with 527 points. Tabernacle was a distant third with 264 points. Finishing fourth overall were the C.R. Walker Knights with 198 points.
The under-13 girls division was won by the Golden Eagles as they amassed a total of 71 points. Behind them was Sister Mary Patricia Russell School out of Grand Bahama with 47 points. Finishing third in that division were the H.O. Nash Lions with 47 points.
On the boys side in that age division, it was the Raptors coming out on top with a total of 69 points. Finishing 10 points behind in second was the Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons. There was a tie for third place as both QC and St. John’s College finished with 50 points.
Like they did two weeks ago at the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools meet, Queen’s College dominated in the under-15 girls division, scoring 136 points. Finishing second were the Sunland Baptist Stingers with 95 points. SAC finished third in that division with 64 points.
SAC ran away with the under-15 boys division, finishing with 112 points. Tabernacle was a distant second with 84 points and rounding out the top three in that division was C.H. Reeves with 69 points.
In the under-17 girls division, SAC held off QC, finishing with 161 points. QC finished just one point behind with 160, and finishing a distant third was Tabernacle with 77 points.
In the under-17 boys division it was a dominating performance by SAC as they won with 156 points. The Knights finished second with 89 points, and placing third was QC with 71 points.
SAC was also victorious in the under-20 girls division as they totaled 178 points. QC finished second with 162 points, and finishing third was the C.I. Gibson Rattlers with 58 points.
QC won the under-20 boys division with 134 points. Tabernacle finished second with 102 points, and SAC finished third with 94.50 points.
After a number of athletes qualified for CARIFTA and broke meet records on day one of the championships, more of the same continued on Friday and Saturday.
In the under-20 boys javelin on Friday, Michaelangelo Bullard of Nassau Christian Academy (NCA) set a new record with a throw of 63.64 meters (m) – 208’ 8”. The previous record was 61.98m (203” 4-1/4”), set in 2015. Finishing second and third were Sean Rolle and Tre’en Dorsette, both from Queen’s College. They had best throws of 63.52m (208’ 5”) and 48.82m (160’ 2-1/4”) respectively.
Bullard had already surpassed the CARIFTA qualifying standard of 62.34m (204’ 6-1/2”), and did so again on Friday. Rolle now joins him as a CARIFTA qualifier.
Having already qualified for CARIFTA in the under-20 boys high jump, Queen’s College’s Shaun Miller Jr. added the open boys octathlon to his CARIFTA qualifying events. Miller scored a total of 5,818 points, setting a new meet record by a wide margin. The old record was 4,165 points.
Winning a silver in that event was C.V. Bethel’s Jalen Cadet who finished with 3,636 points. Dontre Higgs of C.R. Walker scored 3,144 points to take third.
Nassau Christian Academy’s Rhema Otabor continued her dominance in the under-20 girls javelin as she broke the meet record and surpassed the CARIFTA qualifying distance again. She won the event with a distance of 40.65m (133’ 4-1/2”). The previous record was 38.85m (127’ 5-3/4”). Finishing second and joining Otabor and Latia Saunders as a CARIFTA qualifiers in this event was SAC’s Miranda Tucker. She had a best throw of 38.60m (126’ 7-3/4”). Edricka McClain of C.I. Gibson Senior High was third with a distance of 27.31m (89’ 7-1/4”).
Yet another high jumper qualified for CARIFTA in the under-20 boys division. Jaythan Belle of Doris Johnson Senior High School won the under-20 boys high jump when he cleared 2.05m (6’ 8-3/4”), and went over the CARIFTA qualifying height of 1.97m (6’ 5-1/2”). Tyler Missick of Tabernacle Baptist Academy, a CARFITA qualifier already, cleared 2m (6’ 6-3/4”) to win the silver medal. Christian Sturrup leapt 1.90m (6’ 2-3/4”) to secure third place.
Besides Missick and Belle, Benjamin Clarke and Miller are the other two CARIFTA qualifiers in this event for The Bahamas.
On Saturday, SAC’s Tarajh Hudson set a new meet record of 50.78m (166’ 7-1/4”) in the under-20 boys discus. North Eleuthera’s Jerold Kelly was second with a throw of 42.89m (140’ 8-3/4”), and the bronze medal went to QC’s Dante Cooper with a toss of 42.12m (138’ 2-1/4”).
Having already qualified for CARIFTA in the under-20 girls 400m, St. Anne’s Jasmine Knowles added the 800m to her accomplishments. She finished first in 2:13.20, to break the old meet record of 2:22.61, and qualify for the CARIFTA Games in that event.
SAC’s Sasha Knowles was second in 2:30.23. Atavia Duncanson, of Sunland Baptist, was third in 2:31.58.
Terrance Jones of Tabernacle lowered the meet record in the under-20 boys 200m when he clocked 21.20 seconds. He lowered the record by .04 seconds. SAC’s Adrian Curry was the silver medalist with a time of 21.53 seconds. Winning the bronze medal was Kendal Culmer of Sunland Baptist with a time of 22.08 seconds.
Wendell Miller went under the CARIFTA qualifying standard by running a time of 56.19 seconds in the under-17 boys 400m hurdles. Finishing second to him was SAC’s Shimar Bain with a time of 58.02 seconds. Dion Storr, of St. George’s School, was third with a time of 1:00.06.
St. John’s College’s Omar Kelly along with PJ Bethel High School’s Lovevinski Tergenus qualified for CARIFTA in the under-17 800m. Kelly won the race with time of 2:04.73. Tergenus was right behind him as he finished with a time of 2:06.60. In third place was SAC’s Richard Hardy with a time of 2:12.10.
In the under-17 boys 110m hurdles, SAC’s Otto Laing qualified for CARIFTA with a winning-time of 14.71 seconds. Antone Andrews of C.R. Walker was second in a time of 14.98 seconds. Rounding out the top three in this event was C.V. Bethel’s Jahiem Wilson as he recorded a time of 15.17 seconds.
It was a close race in the under-17 girls 200m as Tabernacle’s Collinique Farrington held off St. Andrews’ D’Arjha Davis and qualified for CARIFTA. She clocked 24.44 seconds. Davis was second with a time of 24.77. Rounding out the top three was Jack Hayward Senior High School’s Lacarthea Cooper in a time of 24.98 seconds.
St. John’s Indea Cartwright inked her name in the record books as she won the under-20 girls 100m hurdles with a. time of 14.55 seconds. She lowered the previous record of 14.98 seconds. Finishing second to her was Queen’s College’s Lyric Brennen who recorded a time of 14.89 seconds. Finishing third was Kingsway Academy’s Alyson Taylor with a time of 15.15 seconds.
It was a very fast record-breaking performance in the under-20 boys 4x100m relay on Friday as the Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons finished first in a new meet record. The team of Juwan Rigby, Terrance Jones, Trav’juan Alleyne and Nastario Williams, finished the race in a time of 41.36 seconds, to lower the record of 41.49 seconds. The old record was set in 2015. Queen’s College finished second with a time of 42.33 seconds, and finishing third was SAC with a time of 43.05 seconds.
The final race of the meet, the under-20 boys 4x400m final, turned out to be one of the most thrilling, as QC’s Matthew Thompson did everything he could to hold off Tabernacle’s Terrance Jones on the anchor leg.
In the end, the Comet’s quartet of, Kenrick Major, Shaun MillerJr., Max Azor and Thompson, in that order, won in 3:16.86 to secure the first place prize of a trip to the prestigious Penn Relays, from April 25-27, at Franklin Field, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A charging Tabernacle team consisting of Trav’juan Alleyne, Tre Buchanon, Nastario Williams and Jones, in that order, finished just five one hundredths of a second behind, in 3:16.91. Moore’s Island’s team of Ure Mills, DeShawn McKinney, Isron Rolle and Marckenson Joseph, in that order, finished third in 3:18.30.
Hundreds of young athletes from around the country took part in the three-day meet.
Athletes will still have an opportunity to qualify for the Easter weekend CARIFTA Games at the CARIFTA Trials, set for April 5-6 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism