Thursday, January 18, 2018

Forde, Wallace star at Atlantic meet


FLEET FOOTED: Caliyah Wallace, right, representing Port of Spain and Environs, wins the Girls Under-13 200-metre dash ahead of Twanna Homeward (North East), left, and Shanika Ashby (Tobago), copping second and third, respectively, during the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, on Wednesday. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

 Junior athletes Ethan Forde and Caliyah Wallace both led Port-of-Spain and Environs to capture a fifth consecutive national crown, and 38th overall, as they each secured a hat-trick of track titles at the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships, on Wednesday.

Some 800 athletes from 300 schools representing eight districts across the country took part in the annual event at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. With a limit of three (individual) events per athlete, both Forde and Wallace had a 100 per cent record in comfortably taking the crown in the boys and girls (U-13), 100, 200 and 400m events, respectively. They both also anchored their Under-13 4x100m relay teams to gold. 

Forde, while dominant in his age division, tried his luck in the open medley (2x100m, 200, 400), but was edged at the finish line to finish runner-up, behind St Patrick.

Port of Spain won the most gold (17), silver (13) and bronze (eight) medals, totalling 38, while  Tobago (12g, 11s, 7b) finished second; Victoria (2, 8, 11) third; Caroni (6, 8, 6) fourth; North East (5, 6, 7) fifth; St Patrick (5, 5, 7) sixth; St George East (3, 6, 5) seventh and South East (7, 0, 6) eighth.


Team scores


1 Port of Spain & Environs       423

2 Tobago                                  342

3 Victoria                               320.50

4 North East                                272

5 Caroni                                      253

6 St Patrick                            244.50

7 St George East                         210

8 South East                               197


Victor Ludorum

U-9: Jaydon Bartholomew (Caroni)

U-11: Kevon McKenna (Tobago)

U-13: Ethan Forde (PoS)



U-9: Janae De Gannes (Tobago)

U-11: Vanessa Stephen 

(St George East)

U-13: Caliyah Wallace (PoS)