Mackenzie High wins District 10 ‘Champion of Champions’ title
By Treiston Joseph
While the schools battled it out on the track, familiar faces took the spotlight at the 2016 edition of the Upper Demerara/ Kwakwani “Champion of Champions” Track and Field meet on Friday, (October 28) at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden.
Mackenzie High School amassed a total of 856 points to dethrone defending champions Christianburg Wismar Secondary who finished second on 788 points. New Silvercity Secondary (520 points) while Wisburg Secondary finished in fourth on 514 points. Rounding out the top five schools on the track was Linden Foundation Secondary who ended on 429 points.
Meanwhile, on the track Compton Caesar, as expected, dominated the boy’s under-20 sprint events. The National sprint champion took the 100 metres race with ease, using his fiery start to take control of the race by the 30 metres mark before cruising home.
The 200 metres was much simpler for the Inter Guiana Games sprint champion, running the first 100 metres before going into autopilot to end the race.
Daniel Williams was also in top form as the up-and-coming sprint prodigy showed that he has a high ceiling once his talent is developed.
Williams, who would have won Carifta silver at the 400 metres if weren’t for a marginal lane infraction, won the boy’s under-18 100, 200 and 400 metres and made it look like a walk in the park to secure his spot on the bus to the National School Championships in November.
Continuing with sprint action, Onasha Rogers was in a class by herself in the girl’s under-18 100 metres by easily winning the 100 and 200 metres.
Also making strong impression in the female sprints was under-14 sensation Xanyah Melville winning the 100 and 200 metres to make her way to Nationals as well.
Carifta silver medalist and Inter Guiana Games gold medalist Chantoba Bright was also in action, easily winning the girl’s under-18 400 metres while on the previous day winning the long, triple and high jumps to claim the champion girl trophy.
Kelanie Griffith continued her successful return to track and field as the Inter Guiana Games silver medalist easily ran away with the girl’s under-20 200 and 400 metres. Much like Bright, Griffith also won the long and triple jump on Thursday.
Shauntel Hinds was also impressive on the track winning the girl’s under-20 800, 1500 and 3000 metres events.
Mackenzie High dominated the relay events to close out the day’s activities, winning the female 4×100 metres and both the male and female 4×400 metres events, while a powerful last leg by Caesar allowed Christianburg Wismar to take the male 4×100 metres event.
Photo PCaption: Mackenzie High School celebrates after dethroning Christianburg Wismar on Friday in Linden.