THE STEPHANIE BROWNE Primary School dominated the Inter-Primary School Athletics Championships yesterday, April 7, at the Sir Vincent Beache Stadium at Diamond and maintained their hold on the title.
Having established themselves as the school to beat following the heats where they tallied 63 points going into the finals, the athletes from the Southern Grenadines ran a ‘take-no-prisoner’ performance, leaving all opponents gasping in their wake.
With a combined total of 361 points, the Stephanie Browne Primary School won the overall 2022 Inter-Primary School Athletics Championships, holding onto the title they won in 2019.
The Kingstown Preparatory School with 270 points placed second, followed in third by the Lauders Primary School with 237 points. In fourth place was the Questelles Government School with 175 points, and with a tally of 158 points the CW Prescod Primary placed fifth.
Kingstown Preparatory won the female team division with 152 points, with the Lauders Primary and Stephanie Browne Primary tying on 151 points each.
The male division was won by the Stephanie Browne Primary with 210 points, the Questelles Government was second with 128 points, and CW Prescod third with 123 points.
Principal of the Stephanie Browne Primary School, Laurette Coy-James was very happy when she spoke with SEARCHLIGHT. She said a major motivation for the students is that they were looking forward to coming to the mainland and performing to the best of their abilities.
According to Coy-James, “The students train in a small area and coming to the mainland to run on a modern track has always been their ambition”. “We were champions in 2019, but there was no meet in 2020 due to the pandemic although there were heats, so today they proved that the school continues to improve.”
Taking the top awards were Katriel Bailey of the Kingstown Preparatory and Olicia Phillips of the Pamelus Burke Primary who jointly took the Victrix Ludorum title, while the Victor Ludorum title went to Jahiem Joseph of the Questelles Government School.
Five new records were established in Thursday’s Championships. Jahiem Joseph of the Questelles Government School won the 9-10 Boys 80-metre dash in a new time of 11.20 seconds, while Aurellya Debique of Owia Government won the 7-8 Girls 80-metre dash in a new time of 12.50 seconds.
The Chateaubelair Methodist School set a new mark in the Boys 7-8 4X80-metre relay in a time of 50.10 seconds, and the Stephanie Browne Primary School reset the Girls 9-10 4X80-metre relay in a new time of 48.57 seconds.
The fifth record of the day was in the Girls 9-10 high jump when Katriel Bailey of the Kingstown Preparatory School cleared 1.20 metres.