IT was a carnival-type atmosphere at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds on Thursday afternoon as TiRocherCombined School accumulated 303 points and declared champions of the District 5 track meet for the third time in five years.
TiRocherCombined’s closest rivals were last year’s winners, Richfond Combined, who trailed by 69 points to place second. In third place were Dennery with 213 points, fourth La Ressource with 166 points and fifth Micoud with 144 points.
Here are some of the performances on the day:
• 60 metres Under-9 Girls: 1st place Nyella Cox 9.69 seconds (Richfond Combined), 2nd place EmiellieSeverin 9.94 seconds (La Ressource Combined), 3rd place Louvera Estephane 9.98 seconds (Derniere Riviere Combined).
• 60 metres Under-9 Boys: 1st place RellLeonce 9.17 seconds (TiRocher Combined), 2nd Tafari Peter 9.68 seconds (Mon Repos Combined), 3rd Jaden Joseph 9.78 seconds (TiRocher Combined).
• 100 metres Under-13 Girls: 1st place Lucina Simeon 13.60 seconds (TiRocher Combined), 2nd place Clediana De Rose 13.09 seconds (Richfond Combined), 3rd place Jahzan Francois 13.70 seconds (Dennery Primary and Infant).
• 100 metres Under-13 Boys: 1st Alton Joseph 13.28 seconds (Richfond Combined) while 2nd and 3rd places went to Shaquille William 13.62 seconds and Nicky Charlery 13.66 seconds (Dennery Primary and Infant).
Emille Severin continued her dominance in the sprint event, winning the 150 meters Under- 9 Girls in 23.18 seconds while second place went to LouvenaEstaphane with 24.17 seconds.
Other schools were DerniereRiviere Combined (6th), Patience Combined (7th), Mon Repos Combined (8th) and Aux Lyon Combined (9th).
TiRocher Combined Physical Education Teacher, Scham George, said that heading into the finals they underwent weeks of endurance training and proper baton exchange.
“Our sports programme is always focused on intense training with the athletes,” George told The VOICE. “We always focus on athletics because it is our strong point…In 2016, we finished third, but were more determined to retain the championship this year.”
Historically, the Under-13 girls have always stood out; however, this year it was the turn for the Under-9 boys who were incredible. Despite a collective performance by the athletes, George singled out Aiden Alfred, Rommel Dorville, Jaden Mathurin, GenelleSoudat, RellLeonce, Lucina Simeon and twin sisters Sherkima and Sherkim Neptune.
Next on District 5’s sporting calendar is the National Inter-Primary Schools track meet scheduled for the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. The Physical Education teachers and coaches from schools within the district will meet soon to put a team together.