Flemming regains ESHS title as O’Neal’s Dawson makes history

O’Neal House’s Khybah Dawson, 4th right, makes up the stagger on Malik Romney, left, Jelani Croal, Bruce Huggins and Jason Audain Jr., in  his 21.16 secs 200m

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

While Flemming House was regaining the Elmore Stoutt High School Inter House Championships to mark the 50th edition, O’Neal House’s Khybah Dawson was making history of his own.

Flemming amassed 947 points for the title. O’Neal moved from last year’s fourth place to second with 817, while Carlisle was third with 796 and defending champs Lettsome fell to fourth with 746.

“It’s just overwhelming. The support from the kids, the parents, the teachers and the coaches was overwhelming and I can’t ask for better as a team leader,” Flemming’s Lachmi Sammy told Island Sun Sports. “The athletes need support and they need it at crucial times. If they get the right support, they can excel. I’ve seen many athletes from other houses falling by the wayside, just because the support and the leadership is not there. The kids are willing to run. But you have to approach them in the right way.”

Dawson was smashing record after record to repeat as Victor Ludorum and became just the fourth schoolboy since 1957, to win the award three times. Dawson, who seized the award in 2017 and 2021, joined Aliston “Al” Potter, 2001-2003; Akeem Bradshaw, 2013-2014 and 2016 and Jaleel Croal, 2019-2021, as athletes winning the coveted award. 

Along the way, Dawson broke William “Willie” Archer’s 35-year old Long Jump record of 7.11m (23’4”), when he cut the sand at 7.26m (23’9¾”). Dawson completed his individual exploits by qualifying for the World Jr. Championships in the 200m, when he dropped the No 6 All Time BVI  mark of 21.16 seconds (+1.9), another meet record, to seal his third Victor Ludorum, with 50 points. He ran a 100m personal best 10.81 seconds before lighting up the track in the 200m the next day, after clearing 1.80m (5’10¾”)in the High Jump.

During pre-events leading up to last Wednesday and Thursday’s action, Dawson wiped out the Triple Jump record when he hit 14.32m (46’11 ¾”)—becoming just the third high schooler to break 14.00m—joining Keita Cline and Akeem Bradshaw. In between, he also wiped out Cline’s U18 and U20 Jr. Long Jump Records, when he cut the sand at 7.58m (24’10¾”), during an Athletics Association competition.

Dawson said his aim was to become Victor Ludorum and get a personal best in every event.  

“I feel like I did what I normally do in practice and what I have been told by my coaches –to go out and do—doing what I’m told to do, feels good,” Dawson said of his 21.16 run in the 200m.

“To me, this is my breakout meet. I haven’t been doing as well as I wanted to in past meets but this really showed me that I stepped up my game and started working hard.”

Coach Winston Potter said Dawson has had some great performances this year. “I think Khybah is going from strength to strength and I think he’s one of our athletes at the present moment,” he said. “He has been working hard in the jumps which I think is his best event—some people may beg to differ—but I think we can go a long way in the Long Jump. I’m looking for eight meters (26’3”) this season.”

Division Champions13 and Under Girls: Jamalia Chambers, Carlisle, 38 points. Boys: Othineil Gillings, Carlisle, 46. 15 &U Girls: (tie) A’Sia McMaster, Lettsome and Jah’Kyla Morton, O’Neal, 46. Boys: J’Den Jackson, O’Neal, 34.17&U Girls: A’Keela McMaster, Lettsome, 50. Boys: Jonathan Lynch, Carlisle, 34. 18+Girls: Kenyatta Gratte, Flemming, 50. Boys: Khybah Dawson, O’Neal, 50.

For the 1st time in the 65 years of High School Inter House Sports, athletes who have won 2+ Victrix and Victor Ludorums, stood on the podium. Flemming’s Kenyatta Grate earned her second Victrix Ludorum after bagging the award in 2019, to tie with Lettsome’s A’Keela McMaster who also had 50 points and captured the award for a third time, having also secured it in 2020 and 2021.  Dawson won the award, 2017, 2021 and 2022.

Brathwaite’s NCAA 60m silver

Indiana’s Rikkoi Brathwaite closed the book on his 2022 Collegiate indoor 60m season at the NCAA D1 Indoor Championships in Alabama, in record fashion with his 6.52 seconds sprint.

He shaved .02 off the 6.54 secs to start the season for a: Personal Best; Indiana School Record; Big 10 Conference Record and BVI National Indoor Record. He advanced to the final with 6.56. After last year’s 60m bronze, he also became the BVI’s 1st male silver medalist and 2nd silver medalist behind Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, who won 60m silver in 2002 for Minnesota, also in the Big 10 Conference. He’s also the 1st to snatch 2 NCAA D1 Indoor medals and 2 Indoor All American Indoor Honors, in the sprints. Bratwaithe and Deya Erickson will compete in the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, this weekend.