Foundation set pace
by Kenmore Bynoe
The plot is yet to thicken, but any shrewd athletic sleuth would have taken note of the usual suspects when the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC) Cross Country Series began on Tuesday for the South Zone at the Lodge School circuit, Society, St John.
The track and field champions of 2018, Christ Church Foundation and The St Michael School, took ten of the podium finishes, with Harrison College claiming four, leaving former queens Springer Memorial, Deighton Griffith School, Combermere and hosts – The Lodge School – to pick up the other four spots.
Foundation were the most dominant school, sweeping all three girls’ relays while placing second in the senior boys and third in the Under-15 boys.
St Michael took silver in the first form girls, the senior girls and Under-15 boys and bronze in the first form boys and Under-15 girls. Harrison College won gold in the senior boys, with Lodge winning silver in the first form boys while bronze went to Springer in the senior girls and Combermere in the senior boys.
While the overcast conditions presented a cool setting for top performances from the athletes, the annoying drizzles and slippery conditions, resulting in a number of spills, denied record breaking times. Senior Girls 1. Daesha Brathwaite (CCFS) 8.52 minutes 2. Ashley Weekes (SMS) 9.11 3. Charissa Moore (HC) 9.14 4. Asia Foster (SMS) 9.17 Senior Boys 1. Kiserian Adams (COM) 16.14 2. Daemon Dawson (HC) 16.21 3. Micah Stuart (PMSS) 16.56 4. Domonic Scantlebury (HC) 17.11 Under-15 Girls 1. Layla Haynes (HC) 8.59 2. Deneisha Forde (CCFS) 9.26 3. Adara Stoddard (CCFS) 9.52 4. Sumara Sulieman (HC) 9.55 Under-15 Boys 1. Kobe Hutson (CCFS) 14.09 2. Zachary Taylor (COM) 14.17
Basketball star Kiserian Adams slam dunked the opening senior boys 4K event, giving Combermere the top spot in 16.14 minutes. He was trailed by Daemon Dawson of Harrison College (16.21) and Micah Stuart of Princess Margaret (16.56).
Daesha Brathwaite then set the tone for Foundation’s dominance in the females taking the senior girls 2 000 in a time of 8.52 minutes, followed by St Michael’s multitalented Ashley Weekes (9.11) and the consistent Charissa Moore of Harrison College (9.14).
Kolij’s meteor Layla Haynes then made a mockery of the Under-15s 2000, storming home in 8.59 minutes with her grandmother Carol Lady Haynes making the trip to St John to witness the predictable victory.
Layla was 26 seconds faster than Deneisha Forde of Foundation, with Adara Stoddard giving the Beacons second and third positions in 9.52 minutes.
Foundation’s Kobe Hutson was also in impressive form to take the under-15 boys’ 3K in a time of 14.09 minutes, ahead of Combermere’s Zachary Taylor (14.17) and Richeim Atherley of Deighton (14.38).
Jakayla Waterman of Parkinson took the girls’ first form 1 600 event in 7.27 minutes, followed by six-footer Zakaiya Hunte of Combermere (7.40) and the smiling Cougar Chrisaria 3. Richeim Atherley (DGSS) 14.38 4. Simeon Maynard (HC) 14.39 First Form Girls 1. Jakayla Waterman (PARK) 7.27 2. Zakaiya Hunte (COM) 7.40 3. Chrisaria Ballantyne (SMS)7.46 4. Ebony Atherley (CCFS) 7.48 First Form Boys 1. Matthieu Clarke (HC) 6.38 2. Shaquan Belle (LODG) 6.50 3. Khalid Jahbari (LODG) 6.50 4. Enoch Agard (COM) 6.52 Senior Girls 1. Christ Church Foundation School 58 2. The St Michael School 60 3. Springer Memorial 73 Senior Boys 1. Harrison College 44 2. Christ Church Foundation 87 3. Combermere School 106 Under-15 Girls 1. Christ Church Foundation School 43 2. Harrison College 48 3. The St Michael School 58 Under-15 Boys 1. Harrison College 50 2. The St Michael School 81 3. Christ Church Foundation School 88 First Form Girls 1. Christ Church Foundation School 62 2. The St. Michael School 87 3. Harrison College 90 First Form Boys 1. Deighton Griffith School 63 2. The Lodge School 80 3. The St Michael School 82 Ballantyne (7.48).
Matthieu Clarke of Harrison College won the first form boys race in 6.38 minutes, which looked like a NAPSAC rerun as he was challenged by the Lodge School duo of Shaquan Belle and Khalid Jahbari in a split time of 6.50 minutes.
The schools in the north zone will be battling this morning from 10 at the Alleyne School’s circuit in Belleplaine, St Andrew.
The senior boys’ race was a slam dunk for Combermere‘s basketballer Kiserian Adams. Christ Church Foundation girls won the senior division.