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X-Ceed Excels at National Athletics Championships


The heavy showers poured last Saturday morning, but they did not deter hundreds of athletes from converging at the Arnos Vale Two Playing Field for the Mustique Company National Athletics Championships.{{more}}

The heavy sand base at the field was in the athletes, and the organizers, Team Athletics SVG’s favour, as it allowed for quick drainage of the field.

But there was enough time for many to remind national selectors of their ability. For the Under-15 athletes, many enhanced their claim for spots on this country’s team to the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ Games, set for Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands next month.

At the tally of the scores, X-Ceed Sports Club, with the numbers in their corner, out-pointed the other 15 teams to finish ahead of the pack on 477 points.

Second was VinGram with 366. Trailing in the third position was the Kingstown Preparatory School with 265 points. The KPS was followed by Campden Park Secondary School with 138 points, and filling the top five positions was the ACE Athletics Club with 133 points.

Ziah King of the Kingstown Preparatory School (KPS), watched by her mother and other siblings, copped the Girls’ Under-9 title. She scored 20 points, with the Male winner Tijorn Pope of the Park Hill Anglican School, scoring 19 points. The Under-11 Female was Venice Lewis of the KPS, with the Male champion Alex Samuel, also of the KPS. They both had 20 points each to their names.

The Under -13 Female champion was Aaliyah Providence of the C W Prescod Primary School. The consistent Providence won gold in her three outings and finished with 30. The Male winner in the Under-13 was Dario Glasgow of the KPS. The bubbly Glasgow with his characteristic kneel and pray before the starter’s gun scored 20 points.

It was all Shantal Rousse of the Campden Park Secondary School, who captured the Female Under -15 title. Rousse scored 30 points. The Male winner was Renaldo Charles of X-ceed. He had 28 points.

It was also X-Ceed in the Under-18 Female category, through the efforts of Giselle Morris. Emerging middle and long distance athlete Yurnic Nanton of VinGram took the Male segment. Morris and Nanton scored 28 and 30 points, respectively. The Under-20 Female champion was Lovisha Stapleton of Troumaca Ontario Secondary. Once again there was a dearth of entrants in this category. Stapleton had 10 points, with the Male champion Lawrence Arthur of X-ceed. Arthur had the most individual points, 45.

The 20-and-Over Male winner was Xavique Cyrus of VinGram. Andrea David of ACE, a field athlete in her heyday, was the top female in the Veteran category, and Godfrey Harry of X-ceed, showed his athletes that he can practice what he preaches, as he took the Male Veteran title. (RT)