District Six, 10 locked in battle for championship honours
DISTRICTS Six and 10 are locked in battle for championship honours in the 56th annual Guyana Teachers Union National Schools Championships which commenced on Monday around the inner circuit of the National Park in Georgetown.
After completing all the track events, defending champions District Six (Corentyne) held the lead in the points standings with 269 points, one ahead of arch rival District 10 (Upper Demerara/Kwakwani).
After a very long day with more than 35 events being contested in various categories, it was evident that the Berbicians would have come out on top as they had quite a few national; junior male and female cyclists in their contingent and all these cyclists delivered the goods necessary to make a successful defence of the title they won last year at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Despite the change in venue and track surface, the senior riders from Berbice who are familiar with the National Park surface from constant participation in races held there over the past decade proved their worth as part of the Corentyne team for this year’s championships.
In the Boys’ open category, Andrew Hicks who has represented Guyana on many occasions regionally, proved his worth in capturing the 3 000-metre race giving his District a valuable 10 points, while Hicks’ sibling, David, powered his way to victory in the Boys’ Under-14 race.
On the distaff side ,Whitney Poyere who can be called a veteran at these championship dominated the Girls’ 16 years and under 800-metre race and her sibling Nynza captured gold in the 2 000-metre Girls’ Under-14 race.
For District 10, Jermel Yearwood, who is a very active cyclists nationally, won the 3 000 metres race for Boys’ open.
The overall title is now largely dependent on the 40km Boys’ open and the 25km Girls open road races which will be held on Friday.
Apart from the aforementioned results, Monday’s events saw outstanding performances from District Six’s Balram Narine, Ralph Seenarine, Shenika Teixeira, Cortis Dey, Deancae Welch, Delicia Sarmento; District 10’s, B’Yonka Barker, Denzil Huntley and Wakenaam-born Cyanna Retemiah of District Three West Demerara/Essequibo Islands.
Esau Lowden of District 10 carted off the 800m Boys U-14 while his teammate Theresa Spencer grabbed the female equivalent.
Balram Narine gave District Six success once again when the pedalled to victory in the 800m Boys’ open ahead of District 10’s Christopher Joseph and Jason Cameron of District 15 (New Amsterdam) respectively.
Ralph Seenarine of District Six edged Denzil Huntley of District 10 to win the 3 000m Boys’ U-16 while David Hicks of District Six powered his way to victory in the 3 000m Boys U-14; Lowden of District 10 took the runner-up spot while Clevon Murray of District Seven (Bartica) finished third.
Jornel Yearwood of District 10 rode to victory in the 3 000m Boys’ open; Cortis Dey of District Six finished second and Jason Cameron of District 15 placed third.
Cyanna Retemiah of District Three won the 1000m Girls U-14 while Selena Stephen of District Seven placed second and Dayna Roberts of District 14 East Bank Demerara third.
Kevin Reddy of District Seven took gold in the 1000m Boys’ U-14 while Lowden of District 10 grabbed the silver. Jerome Stephen of District 13 captured the 1 000m Boys’ U-16 event. Huntley of District 10 finished second and Mark Welcome of District 12 (East Georgetown) third.
The Girls 1 000m U-16 was taken by Kendra Dunn of District Six ahead of Destheney Lewis of District 15. Nyanza Poyer of District Six grabbed the 1 000m Girls’ U-14. Chelcia Sanchara of District 10 placed second while Cyanna Retemiah of District Three got third.
The 1 000m Boys’ U-14 was taken by Omari Walcott of District Four (East Coast Demerara; Tryston Louisy of District 13 ended in second spot and Kevin Reddy of District Seven third. Kevin Monah of District 10 won the 1500m Boys U-16 ahead of Ronaldo Narine of District 13 and Rokeel Gordon of District Six. Narine was successful in the 3 000m Boys U-16.
Shenika Teixeira of District Six romped to victory in the 1500m Girls open while Olesa McPherson of District 10 took the runner-up spot and Saudia De Silva of District Four placed third.
The 1500m Boys’ open was won by Andrew Hicks of District Six; Adealie Hodge of District 11 North Georgetown got second and Christopher Joseph of District 10 finished in third position.
Deancae Welch of District Six powered her way to gold in the 400m Girls’ open ahead of Abigale Jeffrey of District 10 and Selena Blair of District 14 in that order.
The 2000m Boys U-14 was taken by David Hicks of District Six; Omarie Walcott of District Four got second and Clevon Murray of District Seven third.
Nynza Poyer of District Six took gold in the 2000, Girls’ U14; Cyanna Retemiah of District Three got silver and Chelsea Sanchara of District 10 bronze. Denzil Huntley of District 10 won the 2000m Boys’ U-16 while Ronaldo Narine of District 13 was the runner-up and Ralph Seenarine of District Six placed third.
Kendra Dunn of District Six won the 2 000m Girls U-16 ahead of B’Yonca Barker of District 10 and Allia Roberts of District 13 respectively.
The 2 000m Boys’ open was taken by Andrew Hicks of District Six; Jornel Yearwood of District 10 finished second and Rockwell Smith of District Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) got third.
Shenika Teixeira of District Six won the 2000m Girls’ open while Abigail Jeffrey of District 10 and Junisca Blair of District Seven finished second and third in that order. Delicia Sarmento of District Six won the 800m Girls’ open.
Deancae Welch of District Six bagged gold in the 1000m Girls’ open; Kenesha Williams of District Five (West Coast Berbice) placed second and Alicia McPherson of District 10 third.
The 3 000m Girls’ open was won by Shenika Teixeira of District Six, Abigail Jeffrey of District 10 got second and Kenesha Williams of District Five third.
Cortis Dey of District Six won the Unknown Distance event which replaced the Devil takes the Hindmost.