Mark London recorded another triumph over Nicholas Landeau, yesterday, the Bishop's High School, Tobago student striking gold in the boys' under-20 1500 metres event, on day one of the National Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
In a slow, tactical race, neither athlete was keen to go to the front. After biding their time for most of the metric mile, London and Landeau exploded into the final straight.
In a similar conclusion to their clash at the Carifta trials two Saturdays ago, London was stronger coming home, the Tobago runner getting to the line in four minutes, 12.89 seconds. Landeau clocked 4:13.98 to secure silver for Belmont Boys' Secondary, while bronze went to Toco Secondary's Akeem Marshall (4:14.62).
Dawnel Collymore was a runaway winner of the girls' under-20 1500m, the Mucurapo East runner getting home in 5:04.78.
It was all Kernesha Spann in the girls' under-20 400m, the St Francois Girls Secondary athlete striding to a comfortable victory in 55.42 seconds.
In the boys' under-20 400m, Carapichaima East student, Kern Alexis won in 49.25.
Ashron Sobers whipped his rivals in the boys' under-20 100m final. The Signal Hill student shrugged off a 1.7 metres per second headwind to stop the clock at 10.91 seconds, finishing well ahead of second-placed Ayodele Taffe (11.09), of Presentation College, San Fernando.
La Romaine's Chelsea Charles clocked a wind-assisted 11.82 seconds for gold in the girls' under-20 100m. St Francois sprinter Lisa Wickham was a close second in 11.85.
Mason Hall's Nicholas Douglas claimed the boys' under-17 100m title in 10.92 seconds.
Signal Hill's Kuniba Stewart was first home in the boys' under-20 110m hurdles, in 14.69 seconds.
And Jeminise Parris, of St Francois, won the girls' under-17 100m hurdles in 15.45.
Cherisse Murray emerged as a double champion, the Toco field athlete winning the girls' under-20 shot put and discus events.
Murray produced an 11.76 metres throw in the shot put to beat El Dorado East student Shaunna Downey (11.09m) into second spot. The result was the same in the discus, Murray throwing 38.78m to grab gold, ahead of Downey (38.06m).
The boys' under-20 discus was keenly contested between Tobago athletes, Kensel Dates and Shervornne Worrell. Dates emerged victorious, the Speyside High student producing a big 40.22m heave to force his Bishop's High rival into second spot. Worrell threw 39.46m.
In stark contrast, the boys' under-20 shot put was a one-man contest, St Anthony's College strongman Hezekiel Romeo dominating the field with a big 17.88m effort.
Scarborough Secondary's Kenejah Williams was in a class of his own in the boys' under-20 shot put, throwing 15.54m to walk away with gold.
Point Fortin East Secondary's Kashief King cleared the bar at 1.70m to top the boys' under-15 high jump. He also claimed the 400m crown in that age-group, clocking 51.76 seconds.
The Wright brothers, Atiba and Andwuelle, secured long jump gold.
Atiba, a student at UWI Sixth Form in Tobago, captured the boys' under-20 title with a 6.76m leap. And in the boys' under-17 competition, Signal Hill's Andwuelle won comfortably with a 6.67m effort.
Tobago head the standings at the end of day one, with 600 points. Port of Spain (452) are second.
Victoria did not stage a zonal championship meet, and are not eligible for the National Secondary Schools Championship zonal title. However, individual athletes from Victoria are competing at the two-day meet.
The Championships continue from 9.30 this morning, at the Crawford Stadium.