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Lightbourne-Furbert earns medal haul

Leading the way: Milan Gibbons-Thomas, of West Pembroke Primary, strides towards the finish line to win the under-9 girls’ 200 metres at the National Stadium yesterday. She shared the champion girl’s title with Northlands Primary’s Kelise Wade(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Hundreds of athletes took to the track for the Bermuda School Sports Federation Primary School Inter-School Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.

In the under-9 division Milan Gibbons-Thomas, of West Pembroke Primary, and Kelise Wade, of Northlands Primary, shared honours as the champion girl with 28 points each.

Wade won the first race of the day when she recorded 3min 03.09sec in the 800 metres, five seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Gibbons-Thomas won gold in the 100 in 14.57, edging out Lila Hartley, Bermuda High School, who stopped the clock at 14.95.

Gibbons-Thomas and Wade then faced each other in the next two events. Wade edged out Gibbons-Thomas in the 400 with a time of 1:14.70 before Gibbons-Thomas exacted revenge by winning the 200 in 31.28, with Wade finishing second and Hartley third. Hartley won the long jump with a leap of 3.35.

Gibbons-Thomas then led her West Pembroke relay team to victory in 1:05.04, with Northlands finishing second in 1:07.87. The under-9 boys’ champion was Zydon Lightbourne-Furbert, of Warwick Academy, who claimed four golds.

Lightbourne-Furbert cruised to victory in the 800 in 2:45.39 and the 400 in 1:10.93.

He also won the long jump with a leap of 4.01 and helped his Warwick team-mates claim victory in the relay in 1:04.08. Charles Fox, of West End Primary, proved to be the fastest sprinter after winning the 100 in 14.39 and the 200 in 29.86. Fox also won silver in the 400 losing to Lightbourne-Furbert.

Yasmin Cummings, of Purvis Primary, also claimed a clean sweep of wins in the 100, 200 and long jump in the under-10 girls’ division. Cummings placed first in the 100 after a photo finish, pipping Lashee Jones, of Elliot Primary, by one hundredth of a second. Cummings crossed the line in 14.27 while Jones finished in 14.28.

Cummings went on to win the 200 in 29.86, ahead of Pria Wilson, of BHS, in 30.64. Jones placed first in the 400 in 1:13.76. Kalila Daley won the 800 in 2:52.73 and the cricket ball throw with a toss of 30.46.

The long jump, Daley and Cummings squared off to determine the champion girl. Cummings won with a best jump of 3.61, with Daley finishing close behind in second with a leap of 3.59.

Saezjhor Dent, of Harrington Sound, won the 400, 800 and high jump on his way to winning the under-10 boys’ title.

Dent edged out Paget Primary’s Kiemi Chamberlain in the 400 after clocking 1:12.57. Chamberlain crossed the line in 1:12.89. Dent then beat Ton Hyland, of Saltus, in the 800 in 2:46.37 and then leapt 1.28 to win the high jump. He then was part of a Harrington Sound team that won a tight relay race. Paget Primary finished second and Francis Patton placed third.

Arima Turner led the over-10 girls’ category with 30 points after claiming golds in the 100, 200 and 400. She edged out Nevaeh Barclay, Northlands Primary, in the 100 in 13.67.

Turner went on to win the 200 in 28.60 and the 400 in 1:09.77. Ellise Dickinson, of Somersfield Academy, won the 800 in 2:41.79 and the Randy Benjamin Memorial mile in 6:2410.

Jaeda Grant, of Somerset Primary, claimed silver medals in the mile and 800.

Xani Allen, of Francis Patton, won the over-10 boys’ title with a first place in the long jump, third in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Daylen Heaven, of Paget Primary, was a double winner in the 200 and 400.

Heaven edged out 100 winner Daylen Scott in the 200 in 27.33. Mount Saint Agnes’s Scott won the 100 in 13.35, while Miles Outerbridge, Somersfield Academy, finished second in 13.43.

Allen placed third in 14.00. Somersfield Academy’s Misaki Kitade won the 800 and mile.