Clare Hall triumphs as PMS wins again at Inter-schools

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Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS) captured their first boy’s title while Princess Margaret School (PMS) raced to a fifth straight girl’s championship during the Coca Cola sponsored National Inter-schools Track & Field Championships held at the YASCO Sports Complex over the weekend.
Clare Hall amassed 151 points to beat former boy’s champions, PMS, by 20 points. Princess Margaret School finished with 131 points to claim the silver medal finish.
Another former champion, St Joseph’s Academy (SJA), finished third with 106 points in the boy’s division. Antigua Grammar School (AGS), last year’s champions ended fourth with 96 points.
In the girl’s category, PMS amassed 176 points to dominate their rivals, Christ the King High and Clare Hall Secondary schools. Christ the King High School gathered 77 points to finish second while Clare Hall Secondary School obtained 63 points to claim third position.
Principal of the CHSS, E Jonah Greene, said the victory was orchestrated going into the championships.
“The school had made a tremendous investment because we observed that if we are going to win, you must have athletes right across the board; so we invested in our field events…[and] had Mr Kasey working with our [athletes],” she said.
“We also invested in a shot put court and a long jump pitch at the school so students were able to utilise the facilities on the ground; so that also helped to sharpen their abilities,” she added.
Meanwhile, Principal of PMS Colin Greene, expressed satisfaction over his school’s performances observing that the level of competition was of a very high standard this year.
“The competition has become very tight and there is no room for error across the board. Princess Margaret School has always been the house of sprints; we produce fast people and that has been the mainstay of our situation,” he said.
“In order to win inter-schools the dynamics have to come in your favour. From the onset, I knew the competition was going to be Clare Hall Secondary School and we planned for that. St Joseph’s Academy hurt us in the under-15s where they won some of the races that would have probably put us over the hump but we are not concerned. We think that perhaps in a year or so we are going to be back there,” he added.
His boys, Greene said, will rebound in time as they seek to retake the boy’s crown in the future.
“Just last night [Sunday], one of the past students was there [YASCO] reminding me that this year marks 10 years of complete dominance by both teams because prior to that, we had won the championship with the boys two years before,” he said.
“The girls in particularly have consistently dominated and it’s a remarkable feat because when you think of where they are to the rest of the group, to win a championship where the margin of victory was 99 points, that is remarkable,” the principal added.
The competition commenced on Friday and concluded Sunday with a prize giving ceremony at YASCO.

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