SCARBOROUGH, Tobago – Bishops High School duo of Ariel De Freitas and John-Mark Walters captured three individual gold medals to help their school to the overall title (72 medals: 34 gold, 19 silver, 19 bronze) at the Tobago Zonal Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships held at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet on March 16 and 17.

De Freitas captured the girls under 14 200m (29.78 sec), 400m (1 minute 10.14 sec) and high jump (1.30m) to emerge as the top athlete in her age group. She scored 30 points, the most by any girl in the championships, to be later named the Victrix Ludorium (top female of the meet).

Diamond Payne
Diamond Payne of Goodwood Secondary (centre) won the boys under 18 100m, narrowly ahead of Ajamo Alfred of Bishops High (right) and Oriel Villafana of Scarborough Secondary (left) at the Tobago Zonal Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet on March 16 and 17. Payne also won the 200m and finished second in the triple jump. (Photo by Sportscore/TTSSTFA)

Walters ran away with the boys under 16 400m (56.49), 800m (2:18.54) and 1500m (5:12.60). However, Walters was not the only triple winner in the boys under 16 division as Savion Joseph (Mason Hall Sec) took the 100m (11.85 sec), 200m (24.00 sec) and long jul (6.38m).

Kelsey Daniel (boys under 18 110m hurdles/triple jump), Dwight St. Hillaire (boys over 18 200m/400m) and Jediael Walters (boys over 18 1500m, boys open 5000m) were double winners for Bishops.

The champion school dominated 4x400m relays capturing five of six races on offer (girls-U16, U18 and O18, boys-U16, U18) and four of the 4x100m relays (girls- U16, O18, and boys-U14, U16).

Tehealia Kennedy
Tehealia Kennedy of Scarborough Secondary captured the girls under 16 shot put and javelin crowns and was second in the discus at the Tobago Zonal Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet on March 16 and 17. (Photo by Sportscore/TTSSTFA)

They also won four of five sprint hurdles (G-U16, G U18; B-U16, B O18) and two of the three 400m hurdles (B B-U18, O18). The maroon and white clad winners finished ahead of their competitors in three of the four age divisions. They were impressive in the under 16 category securing half of the 26 gold medals, nine in the over 18 and six in the under 14.

Signal Hill secondary took the under 18 division with six gold medals ahead of Bishops (5 gold medals).

Jelese Alexander (gold-G U16 high jump/long jump, silver-200m), Kiston James(gold-B U14 high jump/long jump) and Jy’ll Roberts (gold-B U18 800m/1500m) are double winners for Signal Hill Secondary.

Individual Awards
Victrix Ludorium-Ariel De Freitas (Bishops High) 30 points
Victor Ludorium-Savion Joseph (Mason Hall Sec)/John-Mark Walters (Bishops High)/Tervern James (Mason Hall Sec) 30 points

Age Group
Over 18: Girl-Alleta George (Roxborough Sec) 28 points; Tervern James (Mason Hall Sec) 30 points
Under 18: Girl-Monique Vincent (Signal Hill Sec) 23 points; Kelsey Daniel (Bishops High) /Diamond Payne (Goodwood Sec) 26 points
Under 16: Girl-Jelese Alexander (Signal Hill Sec)/Tehelia Kennedy (Scar Sec) 28 points; Savion Joseph (Mason Hall Sec)/John-Mark Walters (Bishops High) 30 points
Under 14: Girl-Ariel De Freitas (Bishops High) 30 points; Keavon McKenna (Mason Hall Sec) 28 points

The Tobago zonal Championships is the last of eight qualifying meets of the Secondary Schools Championships to be held on April 27 and 28

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Clayton Clarke is a freelance track and field journalist since 2005. He is a former athlete and an IAAF Level III coach (Sprints & Hurdles). He has been a writer with Track Alerts since its inception in 2009. He worked with several media houses (radio, tv, newspaper, website) in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts Nevis and the Bahamas. The Tobago native has covered the Carifta Games since 2005, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 World Athletic Championships and numerous local and regional track and field events.. Though track and field is his passion and main interest, he has served as media liaison with numerous sporting bodies in T&T and in particular in Tobago, namely cycling, chess, football, beach soccer, taekwondo, rugby, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.


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