BIG LEAP: Tobago's Asha James (Signal Hill Secondary) puts in a huge leap during the girls' under-15 long jump, at the 2013 Secondary Schools National Track and Field Championships, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, yesterday. —Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank
London doubles up
at Schools Champs
Tobago's defending Carifta champion Mark London won his pet 800 metres event yesterday to complete a double at the 2013 Secondary Schools National Track and Field Championships, after also winning the 1500m on the opening day of the two-day event at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
Yesterday's 800m event saw the Bishop's High School half-miler settle in mid-pack before moving to second, behind Jevon Joseph, at the end of the first lap. After taking over with 300 metres left, there was no pegging back London who won the event in 1:55.86. Having been ahead for most of the run, Joseph was overtaken by Kyle Stanley near the end and had to settle for third. On Thursday, London produced a tremendous burst of acceleration from the 200-metre mark and pulled away impressively to win the 1500 metres in four minutes, 18.33 seconds. Toco Secondary's Akeem Marshall (4:20.42) was second, and Joseph (4:21.04) third.
Queen's Royal College athletes won two of the quarter-mile races contested yesterday. Akil Boisson clocked 56.54 seconds in winning the boys' under-14 400 metres, from Tyshawn Gray, with QRC teammate Darius Dickson third. QRC's Jesse Fredericks (50.66) won the under-17 boys' 400m when beating Aaron Sylvester (50.84) into second. Demar Reyes (53.12) was third.
Both Port of Spain and environs and Tobago excelled in the 4x100m relay events, taking three races apiece.
The opening day of the Championships belonged to Tobago's Tyriq Horsford, of Signal Hill Secondary, who won four titles. Thirteen-year-old Horsford won the boys' under-15 javelin (49.91 metres) and 80m hurdles (11.12 seconds) events. A well rounded athlete, he also won the under-14 long jump (5.64m) and 100m dash (11.87).
There were not as many major delays on the second day of the Secondary Schools meet, although there were still challenges and a lack of communication. Following a five-hour opening day delay, some changes were made to the programme, including running the 200m events as timed finals to make up for lost time.