Schools qualify for Inter Primary from Zones III and II By “Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
While traditional power Althea Scatliffe emerged from Zone II with the most qualifiers for the upcoming Inter Primary Athletics Championships on March 14, a number of athletes from Zone III are still on the bubble in their respective events. A new format is being introduced this year, with the two fastest athletes in each event from the heats, advancing to the Inter Primary Championships.
So far, in several events heading into Friday’s Zone I competition the data shows comparable marks in both competitions held so far, while in some events, Zone II athletes are the dominant force.
Besides Althea Scatliffe, all the teams in the Zone have advanced athletes to the marquee event. These include: Francis Lettsome, Willard Wheatley, St. Georges, Ebenezer Thomas, Enis Adams, Bregardo Flax and Seventh Day Adventist.
A glance at scores from the meet—which were not available from Zone II because of a communication glitch—shows Althea Scatliffe with 644½ points. Francis Lettsome has 399, Willard Wheatley, 315½, St. Georges, 299, Ebenezer Thomas, 226 and Enis Adams amassed 218 and Bregado Flax 159.
Alexandrina Maduro, Joyce Samuel lead Zone III qualifiers
Alexandra Maduro and Joyce Samuel Primary Schools had the most qualifiers advancing from Zone III to the March 14 Inter Primary Schools Athletics Championships, following the start of the Zonal competition on Friday, Feb 21. All seven schools in the division have qualified athletes for the premier event including relays
Alexandrina Maduro led the way with qualifiers in 35 of the 63 events on the program including nine relay divisions. Joyce Samuel’s athletes will see action in 29 events with eight of their relay teams going to the marquee event.
Leonora Delville which has five relay qualifiers will have participants in 14 events while Ivan Dawson is close behind with entries in 12 disciplines, three of which will be relays
Isabella Morris will be represented in 11 events and will carry four relay teams. Virgin Gorda’s Robinson O’Neal will have one relay team among their eight events while Cedar has entries in three events including a relay.
Zone I on Friday
Zone I will have their competition on Friday. Following that competition, those from Zones III and II who are in third place, will see if their marks are among the fastest times allowing them to participate in the Inter Primary Championships.
However, the BVI Athletics Association will be inviting the Top 16 athletes in each event—including marks from the Elmore Stoutt High School (U13 & U15) and others that are in the rankings on http://bvi.milesplit.com to the LIME BVI Youth Championships in early May.
This event will also mark the IAAF World Athletics Day celebration and will be used to select athletes to compete in the Leeward Islands Youth Championships scheduled for Nevis and also this year’s CUT Games in Trinidad.