By RENALDO DORSETT
One last day of competition stands between the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine and the high school’s 25th consecutive BAISS Track and Field championship title.
SAC nearly doubled their lead on day two yesterday and now take a 191.50 point advantage into the climax of the meet which is slated to begin 9am today at the new Thomas A Robinson Stadium.
The Big Red Machine leads the field with 789.50 points, followed by the Queen’s College Comets with 598 points, the St Anne’s Blue Waves a distant third with 252 points and a heated battle between the fourth and fifth spots with the St John’s Giants posting 209 points and the St Andrew’s Hurricanes with 206 points.
The remainder of the field includes the Temple Christian Suns (98.50), Nassau Christian Academy Crusaders (77), Jordan Prince William Falcons (67.50), Aquinas College Aces (65), Westminster College Diplomats (60), CW Saunders Cougars (37), Kingsway Academy Saints (27), and Bahamas Academy Stars (21.50).
The Big Red Machine maintained a lead in six of the eight contested divisions and remained second in the two others.
The girls continue to be the driving force behind the Big Red Machine surge, atop all four divisions.
In the Senior Girls division, they led by 58 points over the Comets with 160 points to their 102.
In the Intermediate Girls they lead the Comets by 29 points (111-82), in the Junior Girls by 22 points (98-76), and in the Bantam Girls they lead the Comets by four points (74-70).
In the Intermediate Boys division, SAC’s score of 128 leads the Comets by a 70- point margin, while the Big Red Machine’s senior boys lead the Comets 84-75.
The Blue Waves lead the Big Red Machine in the Bantam Boys division by a single point, 58-57, while the Comets lead the Junior Boys divison by 20 points over the Big Red Machine.
Day two produced several Carifta qualifiers and three new BAISS records.
In the Intermediate Boys century, the Blue Waves’ Keanu Pennerman broke the 13-year-old record set in 2000 by SACs Grafton Ifil.
Pennerman’s time of 10.83s surpassed Ifil’s mark of 10.85s and easily topped the Carifta standard of 10.92s.
Ramona Hanna of Queen’s College was another record breaker in the Bantam Girls’ Shot Put. Her toss of 8.88m beat the two-year old mark of 8.67m set by Tremaine Allen.
The Big Red Machine’s Brashae Wood qualified for her second Carifta event in the Intermediate Girls division.
On day one she qualified in the shot put and yesterday added the discus. She set a new meet record with a throw of 37.57m, beating her own mark of 34.10m set last year and the Carifta standard of 34.50m.
In the Senior Boys Javelin, SAC’s Denzel Pratt took first with a throw of 57.63s, beating the Carifta standard of 55.80m.
The top three finishers in the Senior Girls’ 100m topped the Carifta qualifying mark of 11.90s.
Carmiesha Cox of Aquinas College took first in 11.63s, followed by Devyne Charlton in 11.71s, and Keianna Albury in 11.73s.
The meet is set to conclude today highlighted by the finals of the 200m, 800m and 4 x 400m relays.