Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis, waves during the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) annual track and field championships at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium yesterday.
Photos: Yontalay Bowe/BIS
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
A WIN in the final event of the day widened the margin for the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine as they continue their bid to unseat the Queen’s College Comets as BAISS track and field champions.
Headed into day three, just 13.50 points separate the Big Red Machine from the Comets, setting the stage for a thrilling finish in today’s finale.
SAC has a combined team score of 682 points while the defending champions Comets continue to chase at 668.50. SAC began the day with a 42.5-point advantage, but the Comets were able to cut into that deficit by 29 points.
The standings remained virtually unchanged for the rest of the 12-team field.
The St John’s College Giants are third with a total of 268 points, the St Anne’s Blue Waves are fourth with 229.83 followed by the Temple Christian Suns in fifth with 167.83 points.
The Suns lead the U-13 Boys, while every other division is split between the Big Red Machine (U-15 Boys, U-17 Boys, U-20 Boys, U-15 Girls) and Comets (U-13, U-17, U-20 Girls). A competitive day in the field produced several CARIFTA A standard qualifying marks.
The U-17 Boys Long Jump took centre stage with the first pair of CARIFTA qualifying marks on the afternoon.
QC’s Zachary Evans took first place at 7.12m followed by Stephan Farquharson of SAC at 6.83m. They both surpassed the CARIFTA qualifying mark of 6.73m. SAC’s Otto Laing finished third at 6.68m.
The Blue Waves’ Anthaya Charlton set a new BAISS record and surpassed the CARIFTA qualifying mark in the U-20 Girls Long Jump. Charlton leapt 5.92m which bested the previous BAISS record of 5.62m and the CARIFTA mark of 5.66m.
The Giants’ Keyshawn Strachan also surpassed the CARIFTA standard of 60.94m. Strachan finished first with a throw of 62.48m followed by a pair of Comets - Sean Rolle (56.46m) and Nicholas Zervous (46.59m).
On the track, Carlos Brown of St. John’s reached the CARIFTA B standard (11.24 secs) with his first place finish of 11.19 secs. Evans was second in 11.33 secs.
Both the U13 Girls and U13 Boys saw record setting performances in the Shot Put.
D’Yontae Mackey of the Jordan Prince William Falcons won the U13 Girls with a throw of 7.65m to break the precious record of 7.18m.
The top three finishers in the U13 Boys all surpassed the previous record of 8.66m. Matthew Miller of Aquinas College took first at 12.16m, Calvin Armbrister of TC was second at 9.52m and Seth Gibson of QC was third at 9.00m.
The 100m finals highlighted events on the track and the Comets’ girls had a dominant showing.
In the U13 Girls, QC’s Jamiah Nabbie took first in 13.60 secs, Nia Richards won the U15 Girls in 13.10 secs while Shavante Roberts (12.35 secs) and Paige Archer (12.40 secs) took the top two spots in the U20 Girls.
The Giants also had two 100m winners, Brown in the U17 Boys and Ishmael Rolle in the U13 Boys in 13.00 secs.
The Blue Waves also had a pair of 100m winners in the U20 division. Charlton capped her busy day with another first place finish in 12.19 secs while Dominic Archer won the U20 Boys race in 11.12 secs.
Both 1500m winners in the U20 division returned on day two to take first place in the 3000m.
Jayden Wright of Lyford Cay won the U20 Boys 3000m in 10:06.24 secs while Llanzita Chea of QC won the U20 Girls race in 12:17.32 secs.
Day three will be highlighted by several field events and finals in the 200m, 800m, 4x100m and 4x400m.
Full event results can be found at www.tekresults.net
SAC Big Red Machine - 682
QC Comets - 668.50
St. John’s Giants - 268
St. Anne’s Blue Waves -229.83
Temple Christian Suns - 167.83
Kingsway Academy Saints - 106.83
NCA Crusaders - 92
Jordan Prince William Falcons - 85
CW Saunders Cougars - 40
Aquinas College Aces - 26
St. Andrews Hurricanes - 21
LCIS Dragons - 20