SAC holds slim lead at BAISS

With one day of competition left, the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine still sit in the lead at the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) Track and Field Championships, but their lead is diminishing.

Action continued yesterday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and SAC ended the day with a total of 682 points. The defending champions Queen’s College (QC) Comets trail them by 13.50 points, ending the day with 668.50 points. Sitting in a distant third position are the St. John’s College Giants with 268 points. The St. Anne’s Blue Waves are fourth with 229.83 points. Rounding out the top five are the Temple Christian Suns with 167.83 points.

Before the final event of the day, the under-17 girls triple jump, SAC led by a slim margin of four and a half points. They had 654 points and the Comets 649.50 points.

In that event, SAC won the gold and silver medal. Winning the gold medal was Takiyah Holbert who leapt 11.40 meters (m) – 37’ 4-3/4”. Her teammate Sabriya Farquharson won the silver medal after posting a mark of 11.14m (36’ 6-1/2”). The Comets’ Shaunece Miller came away with the bronze medal after she recorded a jump of 10.95m (35’ 11”).

Leaping his way past the CARIFTA qualifying distance was the Comets’ Zachary Evans in the under-17 boys long jump. Evans leapt 7.12m (23’ 4-1/4”) to win the gold medal as he surpassed the standard of 6.73m (22’ 1”).

Winning the silver medal and surpassing the CARIFTA qualifying distance as well was SAC’s Stephan Farquharson. He jumped 6.83m (22’ 5”). His teammate Otto Laing won the bronze medal when he jumped 6.68m (21’ 11”).

Farquharson is having an amazing meet thus far as this is his third event that he has met the CARIFTA qualifying distance for. He also met the qualifying distances in the high jump and triple jump events.

The Giants’ Keyshawn Strachan requalified for CARIFTA in the under-20 boys javelin when he recorded a throw of 62.48m (204’ 11-3/4”) to win the gold medal.

He was followed by the Comets’ duo of Sean Rolle and Nicholas Zervos as they finished second and third respectively.

Rolle threw 56.46m (185’ 2-3/4”) and Zervos recorded a distance of 46.59m (152’ 10-1/4”).

Shavantae Roberts pushed her way through to be crowned the under-17 girls 100m champion, running a time of 12.35 seconds. Roberts, who moved the capital after the passing of Hurricane Dorian, said the win was for the people of Abaco.

“I feel great. I did it for my school and for my people in Abaco after that bad storm we all went through,” Roberts said.

Before attending QC, the grade 11 student attended Long Bay School in Dundas Town, Abaco. The school received major damage during the hurricane. Roberts said she was training with Steven Munroe, and is very happy with the time that she was able to record in the final. She ran 12.82 seconds in the heats. Her teammate Paige Archer finished behind her, winning the silver medal in 12.40 seconds.

“I want to thank the Lord above,” Archer said. “We have been praying for this and He made it happen.”

Archer will be back in action today, competing in the 200m, the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

SAC’s Amari Pratt ran away with the bronze medal when she clocked 12.50 seconds.

It was the Blue Waves’ Anthaya Charlton who distanced herself from the field when she clocked 12.19 seconds to win the gold medal in the under-20 girls 100m dash. Taking into consideration that she ran into a strong headwind, Charlton said she did well.

“It wasn’t what I expected,” Charlton said. “I wanted to run faster but seeing that it was a -3 headwind, I think I did well.”

She added that if the weather permits, she hopes to lower her time and qualify for CARIFTA when she competes in the Bahamas National High School Track and Field Championships next week.

The Comets’ Paige Stuart won the silver medal as she posted a time of 12.79 seconds. SAC’s Danielle Saunders ran 12.92 seconds to win the bronze medal.

In addition to this event, Charlton won the high jump and the long jump events on Wednesday. She has the triple jump and the 4x100m relays today.

In the long jump, Charlton requalified for CARIFTA when she won the gold medal after leaping a personal best 5.92m (19’ 5”). That also broke a six-year championship record, 5.62m (18’ 5-1/4”) done by Taryn Rolle.

SAC’s Tanisha Floyd came away with the silver medal when she posted a jump of 5.17m (16’ 11-1/2”). Following closely behind her to win the bronze medal was the Comets’ Destiny Greenslade. Her distance was 5.15m (16’ 10-3/4”).

The Blue Waves completed the under-20 100m sweep when Dominic Archer steamrolled his way to win the gold medal in the boys race. He clocked 11.12 seconds.

“It was a good victory. It was not the best race that I had. I went through with it and I kept going – doing what my coaches told me to do and I came out with the W,” said grade 12 student Archer. He said that with Charlton and himself sweeping the under-20 100m races, that showed that there is tremendous talent at St. Anne’s.

“It feels good. It shows that St. Anne’s is not just a small school that everyone thinks we are. We actually have some good talent there and good athletes,” Archer said.

He was able to hold off SAC’s Joshua Miller who picked up the silver medal after posting a time of 11.27 seconds. Finishing one one hundredth of a second behind him was Nassau Christian Academy (NCA) Crusaders’ Lamont Moss who recorded a time of 11.28 seconds.

A couple other championship records were broken in the field, in the under-13 boys and girls shot put events.

Throwing 12.16m (39’ 10-3/4”) for the gold for the boys was the Aquinas College Aces’ Matthew Miller. He erased the old record of 8.66m (28’ 5”) set by Tristan King last year.

The silver medal was won by the Suns’ Calvin Armbrister who threw 9.52m (31’ 2-3/4”). The Comets’ Seth Gibson won the bronze medal after he threw 9m (29’ 6-1/4”). All three surpassed the old record.

Over on the girls side, Jordan Prince William Falcons’ D’Yontae Mackey’s throw of 7.65m (25’ 1-1/4”) was enough to ink her name in the record books and pick up the gold medal for her school.

SAC’s duo of Alyssa Culmer and Cierra Lloyd settled for the silver and bronze medals respectively. Culmer recorded a throw of 6.81m (22’ 4”) and Lloyd posted a throw of 6.59m (21’ 7-1/2”).

After already winning gold in the under-17 boys 1500m race on day one, Lyford Cay International School Dragons’ Jayden Wright returned to the track yesterday to win gold in the under-17 boys 3000m run.

He ran 10:06.24. The race became a two-man duel in the final stages before Wright sprinted away to win it in the final 80 meters.

Kingsway Academy Saints’ Damani David, who went neck and neck with Wright for much of the race, won the silver medal when he posted a time of 10:09.05. The Comets’ Andrew Hepburn won the bronze medal, finishing the race in 10:38.69.

Today is the final day of competition.

The field events include the under-20 boys discus throw, the under-17 girls high jump and the under-20 girls triple jump.

The track events include the 200m, and the coveted 4x100m and 4x400m relays. With the race for the top spot being so close between SAC and QC, the winner might be determined by the result of the 4x400m races which will conclude the three-day meet.

Action gets underway at 9 a.m. today.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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