By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
After two days of competition in the revised Digicel Inter Primary Schools Athletics Championships which saw semifinals on Wednesday and the finals on Thursday, Althea Scatliffe Primary School remained at the top team during an exciting two days of action.
“Overall, it was an exciting meet and we’re very encouraged a lot of talent was on display over the two days,” Meet Director Carl Barrett told Island Sun Sports. “Yes, there are areas we need to work on and after today, will meet as an organizing committee which is headed by Mr. (Eustace “Boss”) Freeman, to look at the positive and negative things we can do to make the meet a better meet next year. It’s not going to be a perfect meet, but we’re looking forward to that.”
Althea Scatliffe finished the competition with 421 points with Joyce Samuel earning 285 for second. Just 3½” separated Ebenezer Thomas, Pelican Gate and Alexandrina Maduro for third place, with 186, 184 and 182½ respectively.
Althea Scatliffe’s athletes won six of the eight division titles at stake and had the Victrix Ludorum in Akeelah Bryan, who amassed 34 points, while teammates Tiondre Frett and Latriel Williams shared the Victor Ludorum with Pelican Gate’s Tyrone “Tyty” Charles as all accumulated 40 points.
Barrett said they had some issues between the call room and the finish line on Day 1 and they’ll have to work on that to ensure races move along in the future.
When asked about surprises, Barrett said it was the excitement, the competition and it was good for both days.
“One of the good things that came when we decided to have this meet under the new format as Mr. Freeman will tell you, is that when you looked back at the past with the format of A and B Schools, you always assumed who was better than who in which division,” he said. “Now everybody’s on the same playing field competing against each other for two days, when a child wins an Under 9 race for example, he’s the Under 9 champion of the BVI, which is really good.”
Division winners were as follows: Under 9 Boys: Ze’Mirah Martin, Alexandrina Maduro, 20 points. Girls: Kemori Darway, 21. U11 Boys: Tyrique “Tyty” Charles, Pelixan Gate, 40. Girls: D’Nyia Thomas, Althea Scatliffe, 32. U13 Boys: Tiondre Frett, Althea Scatliffe, 40. Girls: Tamri Thomas, 32. 13+ Boys: Latriel Williams, Althea Scatliffe, 40. Girls: Akeelah Bryan, Althea Scatliffe, 34.
Althea Scatliffe led the 18 school scores with 421 points. 2. Joyce Samuel, 285. 3. Ebenezer Thomas, 186. 4. Pelican Gate, 184. 5. Alexandrina Maduro, 182½. 6. Willard Wheatley, 179. 7. Francis Lettsome, 157. 8. Leonora Delville, 135. 9. Enis Adams, 125½. 10. Bregado Flax, 113. 11. Ivan Dawson, 106½. 12. St. Georges, 101. 13. Jost Van Dyke, 92. 14. Robinson O’Neal Memorial School, 90. 15. Agape Total Life Academy, 76½. 16. Ciboney Center of Excellence, 32. 17. Claudia Creque Educational Center, 29. 18. Cedar International School, 22.