By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Spirited battles characterized the 2015 Inter Primary Schools Athletics Championships that returned to its old format but only with A and B Divisions.
Early in the competition, perennial A Division champs Althea Scatliffe found themselves in an unusual position—trailing. From the gun in the U9 Division, Enis Adams took it to “the mighty Scatliffe” with a little help from St. Georges, Ebenezer Thomas and Willard Wheatley, as Scatliffe was only able to capture the 13+ Girls 100m sprint—an area they usually dominate as they sit adjacent to the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
In fact, Scatliffe only enjoyed five victories overall in events between the U9 Division 60m and the 13+ Division 400m—with two of their five victories in the 200m—and unusual occurrence.
Scatliffe made up their points in other areas to overcome the sprinting drought and amassed 370 points. Enis Adams was second with 260 followed by Francis Lettsome who scored 252. Willard Wheatley edged St. Georges 218-212 to place fourth. Ebenezer Thomas missed the 200 points plateau by three with 197 for sixth while Virgin Gorda’s Bregado Flax finished with 189. Seventh Day Adventist scored 125 for eight while Cedar School rounded out the scoring with 53.
Scatliffe and Adams’ athletes each won three of the division titles at stake. The respective A Division champions were as follows: U9 Girls: A’Sia McMaster, Enis Adams, 22 points. Boys: Kori Penn, Enis Adams, 23. U11 Girls: A’Keela McMaster, Enis Adams, 30. Boys: T’Khoy Stevens, Bregado Flax, 21. U13 Girls: Alisha Hayde, Althea Scatliffe, 30. Boys: Malaki Smith, Ebenezer Thomas, 30. 13+ Girls: Shakaeja Dore, Althea Scatliffe, 20. Boys: J’Quaan Bodkin Althea Scatliffe, 28.
Victor Ludorum: Malaki Smith, Ebenezer Thomas, 30. Victrix: (tie) A’Keela McMaster, Enis Adams, and Alisha Hayde, Althea Scatliffe, 30.
Joyce Samuel prevails in B Division
There was a Dog fight for the B Division crown between Joyce Samuel and Alexandrina Maduro—who won by two points in the last event in 2013 under the old format—377-375.
The two were at it again this year, but Joyce Samuel was able to cushion the attack, winning two of the final Sprint Medley Relays to their rivals one and a third place finish and dethroned the defending champs by seven points, 295-288 points. Leonora Delville placed third with 215 while Ivan Dawson amassed 185 in fourth. Virgin Gorda’s Robinson O’Neal and First Impression were tied for fifth with 133 and Isabella Morris rounded out those scoring over 100 points with 117 in seventh position.
Pelican Gate won the battle of the smaller schools to finish eight ahead of Agape Total Life Academy, 73-65. Tenth was Jost Van Dyke with 47½ then Assembly of God Cornerstone with 36. Anegada’s Claudia Creque scored 24½ and Little Rainbow completed the scoring with 11.
The respective Division champs were: U9 Girls: (tie) Sa’Myah Matthew, First Impression, and Sielle Cockburn, Lenora Delville, 10. Boys: K’Jonte Stevens, Ivan Dawson, 21. U11 Girls: Kieanjah Roberts, Joyce Samuel, 30. Boys: M’Khori Crabbe, Joyce Samuel, 30. U13 Girls: Shymmera Forbes, Alexandrina Maduro, 30. Boys: Khybah Dawson, Alexandrina Maduro, 30. 13+ Girls: Kiara Woodley, Joyce Samuel, 30. Boys: Eric Bobb, Lenora Delville, 30.
Victor Ludorum: (3-way tie) M’Khori Crabbe, Joyce Samuel, Khybah Dawson, Alexandrina Maduro and Eric Bobb, Lenora Delville, 30. Victrix Ludorum: (3-way tie) Kieanjah Roberts, Joyce Samuel, Shymmera Forbes, Alexandrina Maduro and Kiara Woodley, Joyce Samuel, 30.