One could probably say it was the calm before the storm and day five proved as much.
The Tabernacle Falcons used this past Saturday to take the lead in all divisions and top the combined scores list in the Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association: Norris Bain/Marvin Rolle High School Track and Field Championships.
Strong performances on the day set the Falcons up to sweep each division going into today’s finale.
The highlight for the Falcons’ day at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex came with eight gold medals secured in the 100-meter finals.
Stephanique Dean followed up her 200m Championship by adding the Under 14 girls’ 100m championship to her résumé. Teammate Cassie Thompson took home the silver with a time of 13.78 seconds. Makayla Tucker of the Sister Mary Patricia Russell Panthers walked away with the bronze in 14.14 second.
Shortly after, the Falcons went one and two in the Under 14 boys ‘championship. Mateo Smith secured gold medal number two for the Falcons in 12.38 seconds. Fellow Falcon Zion Campbell landed the silver in 12.88 seconds. The bronze went to the Panthers’ Shemar Neely with a time of 12.82 seconds.
The 200m Champion, Genique Bassestte, landed her second medal for the meet and the third gold in the 100m for the Falcons in the U16 girls division. She did it in the time of 12.85 seconds. The Panthers’ Torvania Grant took the silver medal with a time of 13.33 seconds. Kerriel Carey of St. George’s trailed to take bronze in 13.49 seconds.
Sunland’s Kendal Culmer may have bested the Falcons’ Romeo McKenzie earlier on the Under 16 boys’ preliminaries but it was McKenzie’s time in the finals. McKenzie narrowly edged Culmer at the finish line to land gold medal number four in 11.33 seconds. Culmer walked away with the silver in 11.36 seconds. Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays’ D’Vonte Forbes was the eventual bronze medal winner with a time of 11.97 seconds.
Kaylin Hewitt dominated the Under 18 girls’ championship dash with a time of 12.85 seconds. She bested Bishop Michael Eldon’s Judea Stuart, who took silver in 13.35 seconds and St. George’s Silvanna Russell who took bronze with a time of 13.38 seconds.
The Falcons went one and two again, this time in the Under 18 boys’ finale. Shequille Higgs ran away with the gold in 11.40 seconds. He was trailed closely behind by teammate Travjuan Alleyne with a time of 11.53 seconds. Jack Hayward Wildcats’ Derricko Lewis walked away with the bronze in 11.75 seconds.
Lachelle Knowles (13.09 seconds) and Javan Martin (10.80 seconds) went on to secure the final two gold medals for the day in the Under 20 girls and boys divisions respectively. Asia King of BMES took the silver and Danaja Hield (Wildcats) took the bronze for the U20 girls. Johnathon Smith (Falcons) and Cruz Humes (Warriors) took home the silver and bronze respectively.
Falcons’ head coach Nickito Johnson noted that his athletes were “motivated” even since the championships began.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The kids are motivated and they want to run. And they have worked hard since September. So, I can only say thank you to God for bringing us through the whole thing with no major injuries.
“From this morning I told them we have it. Do y’all want to give it to them? The kids said no so I said let’s go get it. Monday let’s put the ceiling on it and close it.”
The 400m finals also took place Saturday. The Uder 14 girls’ champion was none other than the Panthers’ Makayla Lewis. Her teammate, Tucker, took the silver and the Falcons’ Thompson took the bronze.
In the Under 14 boys division, Deangelo McKie added the 400m Championship to his mantle. The 200m champion out-ran the Panthers’ Neely, who took the silver and Panthers’ Jeffery Pinder got the bronze.
Ebony Kelly of the Warriors took home the gold medal for the Under 16 girls. The Falcons’ Collinique Farrington took silver and Sunland’s Glennae Forbes who took bronze trailed her.
Orxavier Saint secured the Under 16 boys’ crown for the Warriors. The Jack Hayward Junior Stars Lamont McPhee carried away the silver medal, while Devonte Taylor of the Blue Jays hauled in the bronze.
Warriors’ Destiny Huyler added the Under 18 girls’ 400m championship to her medal count for the meet. The 200m champion bested Blue Jays Hiltranique Pinder, who carried away the silver and Destiny Pratt of St. Paul’s landed the bronze.
The Falcons’ Corey Sherrod took home the gold for the Under 18 boys. He was trailed by teammate Devonte Smith who took the silver, and Tyrell Simms of St. George’s who carried away the bronze.
Under 20 girls’ 200m Champion Daniesha “Rocket” Curry hauled away the 400m Championship this past Saturday. Teammate Nyesha Adderly took the silver and Warriors’ D’Ajonae Jayawardana took the bronze.
The 200m Champion of the Under 20 boys, Holland Martin, captured the 400m Championship. Teammate Desmond Butler landed the silver medal and the Warriors’ Isreal Williamson was in the bronze spot.
The 4x100m and 4x400 relays will close out the track and field meet this afternoon at 3:45p.m at the Complex.
Leading the Under 14 females division are the Panthers with 121 points. In second are the Falcons with 86 points. In third place are the Stars with 58 points, and in fourth are the Warriors with 42 points.
The Falcons lead the Under 14 boys with 118 points, followed by the Panthers with 80.5 points, the Stars with 70 points and the Warriors with 58.5 points.
The Falcons lead the division with a combined score of 204 points, followed by the Panthers with 201.5 points, the Stars with 128 points and Warriors with 100.5 points.
Leading the U16 females division are the Falcons with 124.5 points. In second are the Panthers with 95 points. In third place are the Warriors with 62 points, and in fourth are the Stars with 60 points.
The Falcons lead the U16 males with 109 points, followed by the Stars with 96 points, the Panthers with 63 points and the Blue Jays with 54 points.
The Falcons lead the Under 16 division with a combined score of 233.5 points, followed by the Panthers with 158 points, the Stars with 156 points and Warriors with 108 points.
Leading the U18 females division are the Jaguars with 110 points. In second are the Falcons with 98 points. In third place are the Warriors with 75 points, and in fourth are the Blue Jays with 48 points.
The Falcons lead the U18 males with 147.5 points, followed by the Jaguars with 109.5 points, the Wildcats with 85.5 points and the Warriors with 60.5 points.
The Falcons lead the Under 18 division with a combined score of 245.5 points, followed by the Jaguars with 219.5 points, the Warriors with 135.5 points and Wildcats with 124.5 points.
Leading the Under 20 females division are the Falcons with 151 points. In second are the Warriors with 144 points. In third place are the Wildcats with 106 points, and in fourth are the Jaguars with 53 points.
The Falcons lead the U20 males with 194 points, followed by the Wildcats with 110 points, the Jaguars with 99 points and the Warriors with 68 points.
The Falcons lead the Under 20 division with a combined score of 345 points, followed by the Wildcats with 216 points, the Warriors with 212 points and Jaguars with 152 points.
Published Monday, February 20, 2017