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Saltus claim senior title

Top performance: Nirobi Smith-Mills, of Saltus Grammar School, led from start to finish to win the under-16 boys’ 1,500 at the National Stadium on Friday(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Saltus Grammar School won their first Bermuda School Sports Federation senior school athletics title in recent memory at the National Stadium on Friday.

Saltus amassed an impressive 578 points, while Berkeley Institute finished a distant second 515 points. CedarBridge Academy rounded out the top three with 476 points.

Saltus gained their advantage in the under-16 division, scoring 132 points more than their closest rival.

Za’kayza Parsons was named champion girl in the under-16 division after winning the 100, 200 and long jump. Her heat time of 12.41sec also qualified her for the Carifta Games in the 100.

Asrael Basden, of CedarBridge Academy, was a winner in the shot put and javelin. Warwick Academy’s Taylor White captured the 1,500 and 3,000.

The under-16 boys’ division was dominated by Saltus who won all seven track finals and all three jumping events.

Chayse Tanner led the way with wins in the 100, 200 and long jump. Nirobi Smith-Mills equalled Tanner’s point tally with wins in the 400, 800 and 1,500. Sancho Smith claimed gold in the high jump while Tommy Marshall won the 3,000.

Ashely Irby, of Saltus, and CedarBridge’s Brijette Basden shared the top prize in the over-16 girls’ division.

Irby eased to victory in the 3,000 and 1,500 before finishing second to Kayla Raymond from Mount Saint Agnes Academy in the 800. Basden torched the track in winning the 100 and high jump while finishing second to Taylor Hines from Bermuda High School in the 200. Hines also coasted in winning the 400.

CedarBridge’s Mikal Dill captured the 100, 200 and the long jump. Ryan Outerbridge, of Berkeley Institute, won the 1,500 and 3,000, while Saltus’ Cameron Coffee won the discus and javelin. CedarBridge’s Jahnia Trott showed his versatility after winning the triple jump and the shot put.

Two records fell in the same distance, with Nirobi Smith-Mills breaking the 400 record in a time of 50.87. He broke Clevonte Lodge’s record, which stood for only one year. This seemed to inspire Lodge who in turn broke the over-16 boys’ 40 record a few minutes later. . Lodge stopped the clock at 49.20 shaving .70 seconds of Dorico Clarke’s 11-year record of 49.90.