The Scotiabank/BTC Bahamas National Track and Field Nationals came to a climax this past Wednesday afternoon at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.
At the end of the evening the unofficial male and female division winners were announced.
Taking first place in the girls’ Under 14 division were the Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors with 98.50 points. Second was North Andros High with 97.50 points and the Sister Mary Patricia Russell Panthers placed third with 69 points.
Queen’s College was the girls’ Under 16 champion school with 109 points. The Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy Falcons took second with 96 points and Saint John’s College came in third with 83 points.
The Q.C Comets also won the girls’ Under 18 division with 162 points, followed by BMES with 81 points and Saint Anne’s School with 68 points.
The C.R Walker Knights won the girls’ Under 20 division with 176 points, Q.C followed in second with 143 points and BMES took third with 99 points.
In the male division, the Under 14 title was won by the Falcons with 85 points, followed by C.H Reeves with 68 points and Jack Hayward Junior High with 51 points.
Q.C was the Under 16 division winner with 128.50 points, followed by North Andros High with 96 points and the Falcons with 93 points. The Falcons dominated the Under 18 Division, taking first place with 121 points, followed by North Andros High with 95 points and Q.C with 94 points.
The Falcons Under 20 boys also controlled the action with a first place finish of 162 points. Q.C took second with 142.50 points and C.R Walker came third with 123 points.
The 4x400 meters finals brought the events to a close and the spectators to their feet.
Taking the gold in the girls’ Under 14, 4x400m finale were the Warriors of Bishop Michael Eldon School. The Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy Falcons (TBCA) Falcons were the gold medal winners of the Under 14 boys’ final.
In the Under 16 division, the St. John’s College (SJC) Giants picked up the gold, with the TBCA Falcons taking the silver and the C.H Reeves Raptors capturing the bronze.
The Queen’s College Comets continued their dominance of the Under 16 division with a gold medal win in the boys’ 4x400m final. The TBCA Falcons got the silver medal.
The St. George’s Jaguars Under 18 boys had the fastest time entering the 4x400m finals and ran away with the gold. The BMES Warriors captured the silver and the TBCA Falcons carried away the bronze.
The Queen’s College Comets ran away as national champions of the Under 18 girls’ 4x400m sprint. St. Anne’s followed to take the silver and the BMES Warriors won the bronze.
The Comets took gold once again in the girls’ Under 20 final to go along with a new national high school record of three minutes and 48 seconds. The BMES Warriors were the silver medal winners and the C.R Walker Knights took the bronze.
The Comets also captured the gold in the boys’ Under 20 final, followed by the TBCA Falcons, who took silver, while the St. George’s Jaguars got the bronze.
The morning session featured finals in the 400m hurdles. First, in the Under 18 girls’ division, Kimona Wilson of the Q.C Comets became the national champion, and Latevia Adderley took the gold for the under 20 girls’ championship.
After the win Adderley said, “It’s feels very good. The race was awesome. I got a new PR so I’m very proud of myself. I know what I need to work on moving forward.”
She said that running against Q.C’s Daejha Moss (silver medalist) was added motivation heading into the race.
In the Under 18 boys’ 400m hurdles, Cameron Knowles of Q.C added another gold for the Comets. Malik Stuart took silver for the Mary Star of the Sea Crusaders. Jared Stuart of Central Andros was the gold medal winner for the Under 20 boys 400m hurdles finals. In the 800m finals for the Under 18 boys, Bryant Lowe of Sunland Baptist captured the gold.
Quanisha Marshall of BMES won the gold and set a new national high school record in the girls’ under 20 championship.
Marshall said she had a good race despite a nagging groin injury.
“All in all I still feel like I did good and I would just like to thank God and the people who supported me,” she said. Was the record on her mind going into the finals?
“No, but it was right there so I had to go for it and make my family and coaches proud,” she further stated.
Ricardo Richardson became the Under 20 boys’ 800m champion to earn his third gold medal for the competition. After the race Richardson said he still felt strong thanks to his method of recovery.
“I went on the beach this morning, went to soak and then in the hot tub to relax my legs. I just came out here with a mindset to do what I had to do.
“I was a little scared and a little worried because I had a time set to run. I think I was close to the time but I don’t think I ran it. That’s probably my only disappointment.”
The morning session also featured a few more records. After setting the Under 16 boys javelin high school record on day two, Sean Rolle of Preston Albury High in Eleuthera established the new discus high school record of 42.28m to win the gold.
Rolle spoke of being grateful to God for giving him the talent and for his coaches motivating him. He also was proud of one of his best friends Waydrick Anderson who competed against him in the event.
“And my buddy here, Waydrick, he helped me push harder. It felt good winning it because I had the feeling that I could do it.”
Anderson placed second and threw a personal best and broke the record before Rolle’s attempt.
The boys’ Under 18 high jump finals came down to Government High School’s Kyle Alcine and St. John’s Stonny Duncanson as the final two jumpers for the gold and the high school national record. Both athletes went on to tie the national high school record of 2.00m (6' 6.7''). However, it was Alcine who eventually won the gold. and set the new high school mark of 2.02m (6' 7.5'').
Alcine admitted he got ahead of himself early on in the competition, but after settling down he was able to execute just like his coach told him.
“Coach gave me a call this morning and told me to stay tall and don’t rush any of my phases. I came out a little big headed thinking I was the best so I had to calm down and execute what my coach said.”
Alcine’s personal best was actually 2.00m going into the finals, which motivated him to go for the record.
“I came here looking for the record and I was a little disappointed that I didn’t make the CARIFTA team. So I wanted to get a little revenge.”
In the Under 16 triple jump Tristan Hanna of Q.C also set a new high school national record of 13.00m.
After hitting some rough patches in the javelin and shot- put, Hanna said he was able to reset his mind and be confident headed into the event.
“I fell down in the javelin and shot-put but I said let’s get it together and I broke the national record in the triple jump. The difference for me now is I started to focus more and put in my mind that it’s all about the mind. And if it’s not in your head you really won’t get anywhere because you have to believe in yourself that you’re going to win.”
Published Friday, April 15, 2016