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Ramiah Brangman of West End Primary sprints to the finish line to lead her team to victory in the primary schools 4x400 metres final at the Schools Relay Classsic as team-mates spur her on (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

CedarBridge Academy and TN Tatem retained their senior and middle schools titles at the 10th Schools Relay Classic hosted by the Bermuda Pacers last evening, as Harrington Sound claimed the primary schools title.

CedarBridge, who beat Berkeley by 14 points last year when they dethroned the champions, retained their crown by a narrow two points over a Berkeley team determined to gain revenge. CedarBridge collected 36 points to Berkeley’s 34 while Saltus Grammar finished third on 20 points.

TN Tatem comfortably beat Dellwood Middle School by 14 points to win the middle school division for the eighth time, collecting 40 point to Dellwood’s 26. Sandys Secondary Middle Schol was third with 22 points.

Harrington Primary took the primary school overall honours after amassing 28 points to Prospect Primary’s 20 as just a point separated the next three teams with West Pembroke, last year’s champions, collecting 17 points to finish third. Neighbours West End Primary and Somerset Primary were tied for fourth on 16.

Five new records were established during the races, with Berkeley and CedarBridge setting new marks in the 4x100 senior boys and girls races. The CedarBridge girls A team of Jahkera Rewan Tucker, Jai Talbot, Talilah Wears and Brijette Basden lowered the school’s own record of 50.57 seconds set in 2015 when they clocked 49.61 to beat Flying Angels of Canada, the first visiting team to compete in the classic. The Angels, who will also compete in tomorrow’s meet hosted by Pacers and Flyers track clubs, recorded a time of 51.26 while Berkeley’s D team placed third in 51.54.

Yesterday’s races also had a sponsor for the first time, with AIG coming on board.

In the boys race, Berkeley C lowered the record of 43.68 held by CedarBridge when they completed the lap in 43.60 seconds. The team of Samuel Darrell, Kenyade McQueen, Seon Tatem and Denzel Johnston finished ahead of CedarBridge B who clocked a time of 45.33.

Berkeley’s boys team also lowered the mark in the 4x400 metres race when Aaron Jacobs, Clevonte Lodge, Jecoa Thomas and Lejuan Matthews won the final in 3:24.59, over five seconds faster than the time of 3:29.97 clocked by another Berkeley team in 2015. Jacobs, Matthews and Lodge were members of the recent Carifta team, with Matthews and Lodge part of the 4x400 metres under-18 relay team that placed fifth overall at the Games, clocking an impressive time of 3:22.51. Deneo Brangman and Suresh Black were the other members of that team in Curaçao.

A distant second in the senior boys race were CedarBridge Academy B in 3:40.21.

The other schools record was set in the middle schools, where TN Tatem’s girls A team of Danni Watson, Adia Gibbons, Zakhari Turner and Za’Kayza Parsons set a new mark with their impressive time of 51.59 in the 4x100 metres final. The previous two records were also held by Tatem, 51.93 set in 2011 and 51.63 set in 2015.

Four former athletes calling themselves Lady Pacers A, turned back the clock, almost literally, when they sprinted to victory and a record in the women’s 4x100 metres community race, clocking a winning time of 54.88 seconds which beat the previous record set by the Bermuda Police team in 2010. Monique Hunt started it off and a blistering second leg by Latroya Darrell put them on course for the record before Zindzi Swan and Mikaela Outerbridge maintained the record pace.

Second were Flashback A (Shawnae Brangman, Kiche White, Kiante Glasford and Jubilee Edness) in 58.13 while the PHC A team of Kascia White, Desiree Brangman, Kiara Somner and Tawana Fox placed third in 1:01.20.

Shania Furbert takes the baton from her Elliot Primary teammate Britanya Wright and heads for the finish line in the Primary Girls 4x100 metres race at the Schools Relay Classic last evening. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Jay-Dun Hayward of Victor Scott, centre, battles it out with Tajer Basden of Francis Patton (left) in the primary schools boys 4x400 metres race (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)