After winning five races and securing medals in 10 of the 13 other events, St Stanislaus College emerged winners of the Inter-Schools Relay Championships hosted by Marian Academy yesterday.
Under partly cloudy, 84 degree conditions at the world famous Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda, the students of ‘Saints’ set the 300-metre track ablaze while skillfully passing their batons to amass 132 points and run away with the champion’s trophy of the event.
Queen’s College (106 points) and Bladen Hall Secondary School (99 points) were the first and second runner- up of the one-off championships coordinated by the Physical Education students of Marian Academy as a School Based Assessment (SBA) for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) next year.
The other schools that competed were Tutorial High School, St John’s College, Marian Academy, School of the Nations, Brickdam Secondary School, the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and the Bishops’ High School which finished in the cellar.
“The event came out way better than expected,” PRO of the championships and student of Marian Academy, Aaron Persaud told Stabroek Sport yesterday.
“It finished on a positive note and the performances by the athletes were pretty good, they really showed their talent…,” he added.
The championships attracted budding Track and Field stars like Bladen Hall’s Jason Yaw and GTI’s Kevin Abbensetts
Yaw, 16, is a Junior Carifta Games bronze medalist also a double bronze medalist at the South American Youth Games. He also smashed the 200m and 400m records at the 53rd Schools Championships last month for the second year running.
Abbensetts is the joint fastest school athlete alongside Julian Edmonds after clocking 10.6 at ‘Nationals’ last month in the Boys Open 100m final. The muscular 18-year old who completed the sprint double at Nationals also mirrored that achievement at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) in Suriname in October.
Sixteen students from Marian Academy will be sitting Physical Education at the CSEC exams next year. Ten points were awarded for a win while eight and six points went to the top two runners up respectively. Athletes competed in the under 14, under 17 and open categories yesterday.
Sponsors of the event included: Sterling Products, Banks DIH Limited, Demerara Distillers Limited and Bryden and Fernandes. (Emmerson Campbell)