High drama, in every sense of the adage, unfolded at Base Camp Ayanganna’s Ground
yesterday when junior sprint ace, Tevin Garraway, representing West Demerara smashed a 22-year-old 100 metres record at the National Schools’ Championships.
Many have grazed or equalled Julian Edmonds’ 1992 10.6 seconds record before, but yesterday, Garraway annulled the mark with a 10.5 seconds performance on a damp track after rain forced a pause on events and with him showboating before the finish line.
One questions what Garraway would have turned in for time had he had perfect conditions and had he not celebrated before the finish. East Georgetown’s, Quacy Simpson was second in the Boys’ U-20 race with 10.7 secs while defending champ, North Georgetown’s, Kevin Abbensetts slipped to third in 10.9 seconds.
The historical feat followed a long pause on the flow of events that was attributed to a failure in power in the call-room and the subsequent rainfall. However, the wait seemed to worth it when scores of enthusiasts were treated to high-level competition and rivalries.
North Georgetown’s, Ruth Sanmoogan showed her class in the U-20 Girls’ race when she ran 12.6 seconds ahead of West Demerara’s, Abioce Heywood who ran 13.1 and East Georgetown’s, Mearisha Carter (13.3) seconds respectively.
Defending track and field champions, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani came to the party when Compton Caesar raced to victory in the U-18 Boys’ 100m in 10.7s ahead of North Georgetown, Travis Belgrave
(10.9s) and East Bank’s, Dequawn Vancooten (11.1s). Meanwhile, Jason Yaw finished sixth in the race.
Jevina Sampson kept North Georgetown in the hunt for its first track and field title in the New Millennium at the Championships when she won the female U-18 race in a record tying 12.3s ahead of Upper Demerara’s Erlene Charles (13.1s) and West Demerara’s, Alandia Lindore (13.2) respectively.
Corentyne’s, Esan Leitch won the Boys’ U-16 100m gold in 11.4s with New Amsterdam’s Tyrell Peters second in 11.6s as Upper Demerara’s, Daniel Williams (11.7s) finished third.
Upper Demerara’s Onassha Rogers then erased Deja Smartt and Jevina Sampson’s joint record in the U-16 Girls’ race when he clocked 12.2s, which was faster than their 12.3s. Rogers is now the owner of both the U-14 100m record, which she set in 2012, and now the U-16 record. North Georgetown’s, Avon Samuels was second in 12.6s and East Coast’s Cassie Tixey (12.8s) third.
Darnell McAllister ran 12.1 seconds for South Georgetown to claim the U-14 Boys’ 100m title ahead of East Georgetown’s, Ashmead Nedd (12.3s), and New Amsterdam’s, Kareem Samuels (12.6s). East Coast Demerara’s, Kenesha Phillips won the female race in 12.7 seconds as Tokolie Daniels, West Demerara, was second in 13.2s and East Bank’s Juvonna Cornette (13.3s) third.
West Coast Berbice’s, Trevon Prince ran 13.5 seconds to win the Boys U-12 race ahead of South Georgetown’s Kristoff Boyce (13.6s) and Upper Demerara’s Bani Dow (13.8s). West Demerara, Binka Joseph won the female category with 13.3s as North Georgetown’s, Yesenia Andrews was second in
13.4s and East Coast Demerara’s, Zoe Samuels (13.9s) third.
In the 100m U-10 Boys’ race, West Demerara’s, David Higgins was first in 14.4s with the Upper Demerara’s, Shareef Bowen (14.6s) second and New Amsterdam’s, Delmar McCalman (14.8s) third. For the females, East Bank Demerara, Odessa France won in a time of 14.4 seconds ahead of Corentyne’s Putrina Sullivan (14.7s) and North West’s, Selina La Rose (14.8s) respectively.
In other results:
Boys Under-20 800m: Upper Demerara’s Shaquille Smartt (2:01.7), West Demerara’s, Rondel Austin (2:03.) and East Coast Demerara’s, Darrel Pellew (2:14.5); Girls U-20 800m: Rupununi’s Mary Leandrew (2:37.9), East Georgetown’s, Sasha James (2:40.9) and Upper Demerara’s, Cassie Kirton (2:44.6) respectively.
Boys Under-18 800m: East Bank Demerara’s, Kwesi Blair (2:03.5) Upper Demerara’s, Jomal Johnson (2:05.4) and West Coast Berbice’s, Ruel Chester (2:06.7); Girls U-18 800m: East Coast Demerara’s, Andrea Foster (2:22), Upper Demerara’s, Shontel Hinds (2:28) and Corentyne’s, Dennlie Gray (2:32) in that order.
Boys Under-16 800m: East Georgetown’s, Samuel Lynch (2:05.4), North Georgetown, Jeremy Garrett (2:06.9) and Nigel Gonsalves (2:07.9); Girls U-16 800m: Upper Demerara’s, Cassie George (2:20.4), South Georgetown’s, Claudrice McKoy (2:23.1) and New Amsterdam’s Shaquandra DeJonge (2:30.1).
Boys Under-14 800m: West Demerara’s, Moses Best (2:23), West Coast Berbice’s, Duquand Alonzo Gomes (2:24.3) and New Amsterdam’s, Lomar Reid (2:26.5); Girls U-14 800m: Corentyne’s, Tia Thornhill (2:39.1), South Georgetown’s, Aaliyah Greene (2:44) and Upper Demerara’s, Deshana Skeete (2:46.2).
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