Grand Bahama athletes hold their own on Day One of Primary School Nationals

The Frank Pancho Rahming Primary School Track and Field Nationals have commenced and the athletes out of Grand Bahama got the ball rolling this past Wednesday.

Day one at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium featured the Under 14 Girls’ Long Jump, Under 12 Girls’ High Jump, Under 10 Girls’ Ball Throw, Under 14 Boys’ Shot-Put, Under 12 Boys’ Ball Throw and Boys’ Under 10 Long Jump as the first wave of field events.
The Sunland Stingers picked up a bronze medal in the Under 14 Girls’ Long Jump. Reginae Bastian rounded out the top three in that contest with a jump of 3.74 meters. Bastian tied with Ciara Rolle of Jordan Prince William, who took the silver medal due to having less fouls.

Tedvanique Bethel of Temple Christian was the gold medal winner with a distance of 3.97m.

Later on, Bastian would qualify for the Under 14 Girls’ 800m final to be contested today. Her teammate Deandra Rolle joined her in qualifying for today’s final as well. Sheldon Lightbourne of Freeport Primary also qualified for the Boys’ Under 14 800m final to be run today.

The Stingers picked up another bronze medal in the field, this time in the Under 12 Girls’ High Jump. Jaynae Pinder finished the competition with a jump of 1.17m. Lanique Thompson representing Queen’s College hauled away the gold with a jump of 1.30m, while

Hailey Robinson of Temple Christian carried away the silver with a jump of 1.27m.

Cyan Forbes of Martin Town Primary was also in that contest but finished in sixth place.

In the Under 10 Girls’ Ball Throw Sierra Bethel of Martin Town Primary finished fifth with a throw of 19.20m. Laniyah Parker of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy finished sixth with a throw of 18.33m. Natalia Saunders of West End Primary finished 11th with a throw of 15.16m and Passion Damiel of Sunland Baptist finished 12 with a throw of 12.33m.

In the Under 14 Boys’ Shot-Put, Michael Butler of the Tabernacle Falcons missed out of the top and finished in fifth place with a throw of 8.57m. Glendon Ingrahm of Freeport Primary finished 10th with a throw of 7.67m, while Nashawn Cooper of West End Primary finished 11th with a throw of 6.81m.

In the Boys’ Under 14 ball throw Aiden Miller finished eighth in the field with a toss of 31.08m. Kashon Smith of Freeport Primary tossed for a distance of 30.32m and finished ninth. Byron Fine of Sunland finished 10th with a throw of 30.25m.

In the Boys’ Under 10 long jump Freeport Primary picked up a silver medal thanks to Patrick Bethel’s jump of 3.32m. Demian Brice of Temple Christian carried away the gold with a jump of 3.70m. Keanu Thurston of Cleveland Eneas rounded out the top three with his bronze medal jump of 3.29m. Also in that contest was Michael Glinton who represented Tabernacle.

He finished ninth with a jump of 3.10m.

On the track the 200m preliminaries were contested and 10 Grand Bahamian Athletes qualified for today’s finals.
Shatalya Dorsette of Sunland and Tanisha Jones of Bartlett Hill Primary both qualified for the Girls’ Under 12 200m final. On the boys’ side Marvin Johnson of Bishop Michael Eldon, Malik Wood of Sunland and Jordan Williams of Freeport Primary will be featured in that final.

In the Girls’ Under 10 final, Passion Damiel of Sunland and Rizpah Thompson of Freeport Primary made it through to the final field of eight. Making it to the Under 10 Boys’ final were Patrick Bethel of Freeport Primary, Trevon Tucker of Bartlett Hill and Noah Bain of Tabernacle Baptist.

The Under Eight 200m finals were run as timed finals.

Amber Vilma of Bartlett Hill went on to win the bronze medal in the time of 36.04 seconds. She finished behind Zara Fraser of Temple Christian, who won the gold in 33.25 seconds. Chandeline Previlus of Andros Primary School was the silver medal winner with a time of 35.82 seconds.

As for the Under eight boys 200m, Tavares Moss Jr. of BMES had the best time of 34.03 seconds and secured the gold. Temple Christian’s Kamron Henfield carried away the silver medal with a time of 34.09 seconds. Zion Roker of Claridge Primary won the bronze with a time of 34.24 seconds.

Grand Bahama picked up two medals, with Rajah Rolle of Tabernacle winning the gold in the under 12 boys’ 1200m run with a time of four minutes and 15.46 seconds. Bedner Termius of Freeport Primary claimed the silver in the time of 4:16.26 seconds.

Day Two
Day two, Thursday, May 25 featured the preliminaries for the 100m and 400m. The finals for those races will also be contested today. Tabernacle’s Alexandra Smith qualified to compete in the under 14 girls’ final with a time of 14.33 seconds. Erich Fishbacher of BMES (13.64 seconds) and Michael Butler (13.75 seconds) of Tabernacle both punched their tickets into the under 14 boys’ 100m final.
There was only one qualifier out of Grand Bahama for the under 10 100m finals. Avardo Major of Bartlett Hill made it into the boys’
Under 10 final with a time of 15.40 seconds.

Making it into the under 12 girls’ 400m final were Tanisha Jones of Bartlett Hill, Shatalya Dorsette of Sunland, and Monea Cox of Martin Town Primary. Making it into the boys’ Under 12 final were Jordan Williams of Freeport Primary, Malik Wood of Sunland and Rajah Rolle of Tabernacle.

Representing Grand Bahama in the Under 14 girls’ 400m final will be Smith from Tabernacle, as well as Bastian of Sunland. Making it into the boys 400m final was Butler of Tabernacle.

In the girls Under 10 400m final will be Damiel of Sunland and Thompson of Freeport Primary.
On the field side of things Wood claimed the bronze medal for Sunland in the Under 12 boys’ high jump. He was involved in a three-way tie for first with eventual gold medalist Christopher Black of Cleveland Eneas, and silver medalist Philip Gray of St. Anne’s School. All three jumpers maxed out at 1.40m.

Stephon Allen carried away the silver medal in the boys Under 14 triple jump with a distance of 9.56m. Jayson Woodside of Claridge Primary won the gold with a jump of 9.72m, and Lavard Rolle of Andros Primary took home the bronze with a jump of 8.91m.

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