Four straight for Naggo Head
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Naggo Head captured a record fourth straight hold on the Swizzzle/Institute of Sports Primary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.
The Portmore-based Naggo Head ran away with the title on yesterday's final day of the four-day championships, as they amassed 197.50 points to finish ahead of New Providence 147. The top two were followed by Greater Portmore (106), Belmont Park (92), St Benedict's (79.50), Spanish Town (69.50), Southborough (65), Portsmouth (64.50), Harbour View (64) and St John's (56).
Floyd Coke, coach of Naggo Head, said he was very proud of his team's achievements because they worked very hard throughout the season.
"I am very happy," said Coke. "I am also very delighted even though we had some mishaps, which cost us about 30 points. However, we are just happy that local television brought this championships live to the world to show people what the primary championships is all about," Coke said.
Ewarton's Christopher Taylor accounted for the two of the six records that were broken on yesterday's final day, when he captured the boys' Class One sprint double.
Taylor sped to 24.02 seconds to break the 200m record of 24.13 set by Raheem Chambers of Belmont Park. Ensom City's Tyreke Wilson was second in (24.07) ahead of Brandon Heath of George Headley (25.13).
Taylor completed the double when he won the 400m in a new meet record of 53.46, erasing the previous time of 56.27.
Rose Lee Cooper of New Providence accounted for the third record of the meet as she sped to 13.02 seconds to win the Class Two 100m erasing the previous time of 13.03, which was held by Cardine Copeland. Kiara Grant of Bridgeport was second in (13.46) and Kayla Bonnick of St Catherine third in (13.47).
Chris-Ann Lewis from Gregory Park accounted for the day's fourth record when she captured the girls' 800m open in 2:27.82, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:29.20. Lewis' teammate Kaleya Hinds was second in (28:26.26) and Rohanna Knight of Naggo Head third (2:31.35). Angels captured the boys' 800m sprint medley in the new mark of 1:53.72 erasing the previous time of 1:53.81 which was held by St Patrick's.
St Benedict's were second in 1:55.52 ahead of New Providence (1:55.65).
Ensom City's Tyreke Wilson won the Class One 100m in 12.03 seconds ahead of George Headley's Brandon Heath (12.31) and Tajvan Simmonds from St Richard's (12.51). Jody Wellington of Harbour View sped to 13.18 to capture the girls' Class One 100m ahead of Yushemia Burton from Southborough (13.47) and Derrangello Ellis of Excelsior (13.49).
Sashel Frater of Spanish Town won the girls' Class One 200m in 26. 44 in front of Harbour View's Jody Wellington (26.67) and Monique Lewis of New Providence (27.08). Portsmouth's Whitney Thomas took home Class One 400m in 1:00.16 ahead of Davia Morgan of Naggo Head (1:00.29) and Antonette Frazer of New Providence (1:01.23).