KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Cries of astonishment, in some cases howls of disbelief amongst spectators, as twenty-four records were reset during the National Lotteries-sponsored, 2018 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Inter-Secondary Schools Athletics Championship, at the Arnos Vale Grounds on March 22, 2018.

Andrew Mapp of St. Martin’s Secondary School rewrote the record sin the junior male 100, 200, and 400 metre races respectively.

Romar Stapleton junior male 100-metre record of 12.25 seconds set in 2015, was eclipsed by Mapp’s 12.05 seconds.

Mapp ran 24.28 seconds to reset the junior males’ 200-metre mark of 25.21which was set in 2014, and in the 400 metres, ran 53.94 seconds to re-write Romar Stapleton’s record of 57.61 seconds.

The junior girls’ 400 metre record of 1:01:82 minutes by Shaffiqua Maloney of the Thomas Saunders Secondary School in 2012, was reset by Ashanti Richards in a time of 1:01:03 minutes.

Richards is also now the holder of the new 1000-metre junior girls’ record with a time of 3:19:46 minutes, which erased the old record of 3:26:92 minutes which was set by Shannel Lampkin of the Bethel High School in 2015.

The intermediate boys’ 100 metre record of 11.30 seconds, and 22.82 seconds in the 200 metres, were reset by Romar Stapleton of Bishop’s College Kingstown, with times of 11.20 seconds in the 100 metres, and 22.82 seconds in the 200 metres.

There were new records set in three girls’ intermediate events by Ulanda Lewis of the Central Leeward Secondary School, running new record times of 12.35 seconds in the 100 metres, 25.31 seconds in the 200 metres, and 58.37 seconds in the 400 metres.

Her teammate Zita Vincent (Central leeward Secondary School), ran 2:23:68 minutes to set a new senior girls 800-metre record, and earlier had ran 5:12:47 minutes for a new 1,500-metre record.

Handal Robin of the St. Vincent Grammer School reset three boys’ intermediate records with times of 49.73 seconds in the 400 metres, 2:01:55 minutes in the 800 metres, and 4:20:01 minutes in the 1,500 metres.

Thomas Saunders Secondary School’s Zamesha Myle, wrote herself into the annals of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines athletics, with record times. She ran 25.18 seconds for a new senior girls’ 200-metre record, and 56.96 seconds in the 400 metres, also a new senior girls’ record.

Krystal Foster of the Girls’ High School, benefitting from the coaching of Grenadian discus coach Paul Phillip, threw 31.25 metres in the senior girls discus, erasing he old mark of 31.15 metres which was set by a student of the St. Joseph’s Convent (Marriaqua) in 2004.

Clemicia McIntosh of St. Joseph’s Convent (Marriaqua) erased the 8.73 metre thrown last year by Clenetta Brudy also of St. Joseph’s Convent (Marriaqua), with a throw of 9.20 metres for a new junior girls shot-putt record.

Then to round off what was a history setting 2018 championship, a number of relay records were chopped.

The Central Leeward Secondary School continued to cement their place as one of the top relay teams on the island, rewriting both the senior boys’ and girls’ 4X100-metre relay races.

The senior girls’ quartet clocked 50.85 seconds to erase the old mark of 51.56 seconds that they did set in 2014, while their male counterparts ran 43.71 seconds to remove the old time of 43.84 seconds which was set by the Thomas Saunders Secondary School in 2015.

Girls High Scholl was not to be left out, as they ran a new time of 1:56.30 minutes to remove from the record books the old time of 1:56.34 minutes set by the Thomas Saunders Secondary School in 2014, in the junior girls’ 4X200-metre relay.

Another Thomas Saunders Secondary School record was re-written. The boys’ intermediate 4X400-metre old mark of 3:36.10 minutes which was set in 2011, is no more, courtesy of the St. Vincent Grammar School quartet who ran a new record time of 3:35.19 minutes.

The Central Leeward Secondary School was not finished as their senior girls’ 4X400-metre quartet ran a blistering new record time of 4:11.48 minutes, to eclipse the old time of 4:15.56 minutes which was established by the Girls High School in 2017.

When asked why there were not just so many records re-written, but the performances of many of the athletes who medalled in many cases were below the old record times, one track coach had this to say: “Greater emphasis on training, many of the athletes trained outside of their schools with clubs, and there are a few scores that had to be settled on the track by some of the athletes.

“When you talk plenty outside, you will have to put your money where your mouth is when race day comes, so many factors contributed to such an event.”