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Sprinting for the line (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Zydon Lightbourne-Furbert produced a stunning individual performance on a day when records were smashed at the Middle School Track and Field Finals.

Lightbourne-Furbert obliterated the 400-metre record of 57.60secs by more than four seconds in the under-13 age group, setting a new mark of 53.26 at the Flora Duffy Stadium on Tuesday.

The Warwick Academy student was not the only record-breaker on day two of the finals with Dellwood Middle School’s Lashee Jones dipping under the old mark of 25.90 by 0.08 seconds in the over-13 girls 200 metres.

There was also a record for the over-13 boys 4 x 100 relay team from Saltus Grammar. They set a new standard of 47.87secs, well below the previous best of 48.30sec.

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Medal winners at the Middle School Track & Field Finals (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Sandys Middle School clearly has a top sprint talent in the girls under-12 division, with Zakhya Scott winning the 200 and 400 metres after finishing second in the 100 metres. Those fine efforts ensured Scott was the top female athlete in her age group ahead of Amara Samuels, Zaylee Lawrence and Zaria Codrington, who all shared the runner-up spot.

Chaz Edmead, from Saltus Grammar, picked up most points in the under-12 age group for boys after picking up sprint wins in the 100 and 200 metres after finishing second in the high jump. He beat Ryley Martin, of Sandys Middle School, into second with Somersfield’s Brooklyn Barnett and Saltus’s Conor O’Sullivan sharing third.

The Mount Saint Agnes contingent (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

After winning the 400, 800 and 1,500 metres, Lightbourne-Furbert picked up maximum points to be named as the top athlete among the under-13 boys, beating Jeon Wolfe, of Dellwood, into second and Warwick Academy’s Kyle Valadao into third.

Jaylen Lewis, representing Bermuda High School, picked up the top honour in the under-13 girls category after winning the 800 metres, finishing second in the 400 and third in the long jump. That was enough to edge out T’Mia Williams, from Mount St Agnes, and Leilanni Peters, from Saltus.

BHS has another talented athlete in Pria Wilson, who won the over-13 age group for girls after winning the 100 metres and high jump, and finishing runner-up in the 200 metres. That gave her 28 points, two more than Warwick Academy’s Amaris Munya and Tatiana Sousa.

Zai Daniels competes in the javelin (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Letting it fly (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

There was a tie in the over-13 boys division with Saltus Grammar’s Saezjhor Dent and Whitney Institute’s Gabriel Armstrong both finishing on 28 points. Dent picked up his points by winning the high jump and triple jump as well as finishing second in the 400. Armstrong’s tally was accumulated with victories in the discus and javelin. He also finished second in the shot put.

Saltus Grammar took home the team award for top school, finishing with a total of 528.5 points. Whitney Institute finished second on 432.5 with Warwick Academy, Dellwood and Sandys rounding out the top five.

Running strong at the BSSF Middle School Track & Field Finals (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published April 26, 2023 at 7:40 am (Updated April 26, 2023 at 8:18 am)

Records tumble as Middle School athletes shine in finals

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