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Young sprinters take opportunity to shine on big stage

Zaria Codrington wins her division at the USATF Grand Prix (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Some of Bermuda’s brightest sprint talent took their chance to shine on the grandest stage as the Athene Fastest Kid on De Rock finals were held on Sunday afternoon.

The appetiser to the main course of the USATF GrandPrix, student-athletes aged between 5 and 19 sprinted their way down the straight at Flora Duffy Stadium to much acclaim.

Kalila Daley, a Berkeley Institute student, won the girls 13-14 competition and with it said a fond farewell to running in Bermuda as she will be leaving the island to attend boarding school.

“This is my second time doing this race and I came third last year,” Daley said.

“I wanted to win this time as this is my last year of running in Bermuda, so I’m really proud of myself for doing that. I do leave for boarding school this coming August, so that’s why I wanted to leave my mark.

“I would like to run for Bermuda at Carifta but my aim is really to run for Jamaica as I’m eligible to run for them. That’s the plan but if that does not work out, Bermuda it is.”

Chinae Dickenson-Desilva won the girls 15-19 race and was running through the pain barrier

“It feels really good,” Dickenson-DeSilva said. “I’ve been training since M1 and now I’m in S3.

“I’m also running with shin splints and trying to recover, so winning feels really good. I just have to believe in myself and I always say that God is the answer.

“I feel like my time could have been faster if the wind had been the same as on Friday but it felt good to push myself harder.

“I’ve run a track meet before in front of people but this feels really good to run in front of more people and show them my talent.”

As with all of the older athletes, Dickenson-DeSilva is weighing up her college options.

“I’m thinking of seeing if I can apply to get a scholarship,” she said.

“I’m going into S4 this year and I graduate in 2025, so maybe if I continue to push and have faith in myself, I can get a scholarship.”

Norre Robinson, from Warwick Academy, won the senior boys’ title.

“It feels really good and I put in as much effort as I could,” he said. “I stuck to my race plan and it went pretty well.

“The competition was pretty good. Preston [Ephraim], who came second, his starts are always pretty good and better than mine, so he posed a good challenge.

“This is a a cool experience. I like the energy, I like the vibe and love everything here.”

Zaria Codrington was victorious in the girls 11-12 and was a little surprised after the race with this far from her favourite event.

“It feels good as I don’t really do 100 metres any more,” Codrington said.

“The 200 and 400 are my races and I had a bad start but I caught up at the end.”

Fastest Kid on De Rock

Boys 5-6 (50m)

1 Connor Johnson (Northlands)8.60

2 Koa Bean (Francis Patton Primary)8.67

3 Kinneeko Beek (Harrington Sound) 9.01

4 Uzarin Ming Smith (Prospect Primary) 9.05

5 Juma Lee (Harrington Sound) 9.10

6 Mateo Jones (Elliot Primary) 9.18

7 Brooklyn Emery (Saltus Grammar) 9.39

8 Jahkairo Burgess-Samuels (Francis Patton)9.63

Girls 5-6 (50m)

1 Salome Raynor (Bermuda Pacers) 8.98

2 Indigo Kemp (Saltus Grammar) 9.37

3 Yara Robinson (Unattached) 9.43

4 Vivienne Fox (Bermuda High School for Girls) 9.61

5 Raelyn Robinson (Saltus Grammar) 9.66

6 Ra’van DaCosta (West End Primary) 9.98

7 Akira Simmons (Unattached) 15.68

8 Ty-Leah Trott (Victor Scott ) 28.69

Boys 7-8 (60m)

1 Shammaah Darko (Unattached) 9.20

2 Desani Samuels (Port Royal Primary) 9.45

3 Nico Simmons (Dalton E Tucker Primary)9.53

4 Conor Kane (Saltus Grammar) 9.59

5 Kenzo-Nyle Trott (Unattached) 9.71

6 Theodore Smith (Bermuda Pacers) 9.72

7 Munir Lee (Harrington Sound) 9.78

8 Ethan Anderson (Unattached)9.83

Girls 7-8 (60m)

1 Maya Brown (Bermuda Pacers) 9.73

2 Giselle Reid-Rubaine (Harrington Sound) 9.85

3 Jordyn Paul (Elliot Primary) 10.08

4 Kamari Brooks-Gibbons (Harrington Sound) 10.15

5 Karis Minors (Elliot Primary) 10.35

6 Elizabeth Furtado (Mount Saint Agnes) 10.42

7 Diamond Morris (Saltus Grammar) 10.63

8 Alaya Simmons (Somerset Primary) 10.65

Boys 9-10 (80m)

1 Julian Simmons-Smith (Prospect Primary) 11.40

2 Cree Bean (Warwick Academy) 11.46

3 Dezi Degrilla-Tucker (Unattached) 11.55

4 Jemani Scott (Bermuda Pacers) 11.66

5 Khaleef Daley (Harrington Sound) 11.67

6 Gebre Vickers (Warwick Academy) 11.82

7 Sanaj Signor (Francis Patton) 11.94

8 Harlo Robinson (Bermuda Pacers) 12.01

Girls 9-10 (80m)

1 Aalirah Daniels (Harrington Sound) 11.18

2 Mylah Desilva (Bermuda Pacers) 11.53

3 Yendi Chase-Simmons (Unattached) 12.02

4 Jordyn Lewis (Developing National Athletes) 12.31

5 Ava Clarke-Trott (Purvis Primary) 12.42

6 Tylaye Smith-Burgess (GS Running Club) 12.77

7 Alexa McCook (West End Primary) 12.78

8 Zinzi Harte (Saltus Grammar) 12.80

Boys 11-12 (100m)

1 Adam Barritt (Saltus Grammar) 13.39

2 Ajani Trott (Paget Primary) 13.52

3 Mezziah Smith (Bermuda Pacers) 13.92

4 George Morris (Unattached) 14.10

5 Amori Simons (Bermuda Institute) 14.73

6 Antoine Whitter (Elliot Primary) 14.84

Girls 11-12 (100m)

1 Zaria Codrington (Bermuda Pacers) 13.18

2 Leydi Raynor (Saltus Grammar)13.31

3 Amaya Davis (Saltus Grammar) 13.42

4 Jasmine Reid-Rubaine (Saltus Grammar) 13.61

5 Alae Rochester (Bermuda Pacers)13.81

6 Ava St Luce (Bermuda Pacers)14.10

7 Hailey Bremar (Whitney Institute) 14.50

8 Elena Bortoli (Somersfield Acadey)15.45

Boys 13-14 (100m)

1 Nazir Johnson (Bermuda Pacers) 12.72

2 Legend McIntosh (Bermuda Institute) 12.73

3 Chanz Martin (Unattached) 12.96

4 Iyon Simmons (Unattached) 13.46

5 Theodore Watkins III (Bermuda Institute) 14.74

Girls 13-14 (100m)

1 Kalila Daley (Berkeley Institute) 12.29

2 Lashee Jones (Bermuda Pacers) 12.38

3 Milan Gibbons-Thomas (Unattached) 12.66

4 Zakhya Scott (Bermuda Pacers) 12.86

5 Zyari Lawrence (Bermuda Pacers) 13.17

6 Kelise Wade (Berkeley Institute) 13.32

7 Hannah Dill (Bermuda Pacers) 13.39

8 Sarai Minors (Bermuda Pacers) 13.50

Boys 15-19 (100m)

1 Norre Robinson (Warwick Academy) 10.77

2 Preston Ephraim (D.A.S.H. Track Club) 11.77

3 Michael Kromer (Unattached) 11.93

4 Kemontai Bailey (Berkeley Institute) 12.00

5 Roman Jones (CedarBridge Academy) 12.34

6 A.J. Harkness (Warwick Academy) 12.59

7 Josiah Eve (Saltus Grammar) 13.10

Girls 15-19 (100m)

1 Chinae Dickenson-Desilva (D.A.S.H. Track) 12.65

2 Amilya Lewis (Unattached) 12.75

3 Ciana Smith (D.A.S.H. Track Club) 13.72

4 Jad za Josephs (D.A.S.H. Track Club) 14.02


200m Final

1 Iyon Simmons 27.91

2 Derek Ingram 29.01

3 Zafar O’Laughlin 29.73

4 Micah Lambert 29.87

5 Kemari Dill 32.17

6 Exodus Somner 34.21

7 Eleah Basden 37.00

8 Eden Woollery 37.54

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Published April 28, 2024 at 8:51 pm (Updated April 28, 2024 at 8:57 pm)

Young sprinters take opportunity to shine on big stage

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