Fenton Impresses as Humphreys, Daley and Others Earn MVP Awards

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By Neto Baptiste

There were many outstanding performers and performances during the 2024 Cool & Smooth Inter-schools Track & Field Championships held from March 8-10 at the YASCO Sports Complex.

This includes under-15 girls’ competitor Rolesha Humphreys of Princess Margaret School (PMS) who won gold medals in the 100, 200, 400 meters and the long jump competition, and All Saints Secondary School’s Amelia Telemaque with gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meters in the girls’ under-17 category.

Perhaps chief amongst them however, was St Anthony’s Secondary School’s Tyra Fenton. The 13-year-old, competing in the girls’ under-20 category, dominated her senior competitors to set records in the 100, 200, and 400 meters events.

The athlete clocked 11.75 in the 100 meters to erase the previous record of 11.82 set by PMS’ Geolyna Dowdye in 2023. However, Fenton did not stop there, registering a record time of 23.74 in the 200 meters, again erasing the 23.77 set by Dowdye in 2023. The SASS student now also holds the 400 meters record with a time of 54.39, bettering the previous record of 58.16 previously held by Dowdye.

There were outstanding performances by boys’ under-20 MVP Kasiya Daley of PMS, who won gold in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. The athlete also won silver in the high jump.

PMS’ Shemar Walters was best in the boys’ under-15 category with gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. Walters registered a new record of 11.75 in the 100, removing the previous record of 11.90 held by Demar Adams.

St. Joseph’s Academy’s Khalique Harris won gold in both the high and the long jump while bagging silver in the 3000 meters and finishing sixth in the 1500 meters to be crowned MVP in the boys’ under-17 category.

There were notable performances by Nicholas Simpson of the Ottos Comprehensive School who registered a Carifta qualifying height of 1.95 meters in the high jump while setting a new national record, bettering the 1.75 meters set by PMS’ Durell Thomas back in 2022.

Malek Francis of the Antigua Grammar School, threw a distance of 56.22 meters in the javelin to shatter his previous record of 47.21 meters set in 2023. There was a record breaking performance as well for Zonique Charles who threw the javelin 35.10 meters in the under-17 girls’ category. The Sir Novelle Richards Academy student broke her previous record of 31.12 meters.

PMS won both the boys’ and girls’ titles for a third consecutive year after amassing 362 points in the boys’ category, and 296 points in the girls’ category.

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