Saltus Grammar School won their first Bermuda School Sports Federation Senior School Track and Field Championship in recent memory.
The Pembroke school amassed an impressive 578 points on their way to an historic victory. The Berkeley Institute finished a distant second 515 points while CedarBridge Academy rounded out the top three with 476 points.
Saltus gained their superior advantage in the Under 16 Division where they scored 132 points more than their closest rival. Za’kayza Parsons was named Champion Girl in the Division after winning the 100m, 200m and Long Jump events. Her heat time of 12.41 also qualified her for the CARIFTA Games in the 100m event. Asrael Basden from CedarBridge Academy was a double winner in the Shot Put and Javelin. Warwick Academy’s Taylor White captured the 1500m and 3000m double.
The Under 16 Boys Division was completely dominated by Saltus who won all seven race finals on the Track and all three Jumping events. Chayse Tanner led the way with wins in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Nirobi Smith-Mills equaled Tanners point tally with wins in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. Sancho Smith claimed Gold in the High Jump while Tommy Marshall won the 3000m.
Ashely Irby of Saltus and Brijette Basden from CedarBridge Academy shared the top prize in the Over 16 Girls Division. Irby eased to victory in the 3000m and 1500m before finished second to Kayla Raymond from MSA in the 800m. Basden torched the Track in winning the 100m and High Jump while finishing second to Taylor Hines from BHS in the 200m. Hines also coasted in winning the 400m event.
CedarBridge’s Mikal Dill also captured the 100m 200m and Long Jump Triple Crown. Ryan Outerbridge from the Berkeley Institute won the 1500m and 3000m double while Saltus’ Cameron Coffee won the Discus and Javelin. CedarBridge’s Jahnia Trott showed his versatility after winning the triple jump and the shot put
Two records fell during the evening in the same distance, Smith-Mills first broke the Under 16 Boys Division 400m record in a time of 50.87. He broke Clevonte Lodge-Bean’s record which stood for only one year. This seemed to inspire Lodge who in turn broke the Over 16 Boys 400m record only a few minutes after relinquishing his Under 16 Record to Smith-Mills. Lodge-Bean declared before the race that the record would tumble and he didn’t disappoint. Lodge-Bean stopped the clock at 49.20 shaving .70 seconds of Dorico Clarke’s eleven year record of 49.90.