Sts Peter and Paul claim the first JISA Prep Champs title

JISA President Tamar Mckenzie (in blue) and representatives from GK Mutual Funds and GK General Insurance will present the JISA Preparatory School Championships trophy to the Sts Peter & Paul team, including principal Claudia Nugent, at the National Stadium on Saturday. Naphtali Junior

STS Peter and Paul captured their JISA Prep School Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Sts Peter and Paul, who entered the final day three points behind former champion Vaz, scored 211 points to comfortably win the championships. Vaz finished second with 158 points, followed by Our Lady of the Angels with 136, St Andrew with 134.5 and Hydel with 131.5, rounding out the top five schools.

They were followed by Mona with 117, Emmanuel Christian Academy with 101.5, Lannaman’s with 79, Stella Maris with 60, Mount St Joseph with 59, Belair with 44, Wolmer’s with 41, Immaculate with 36, Morris Knibb with 29.5, Richmond Park with 27, Portmore Missionary with 25, and Ardenne with 23.

“We are excited, we are overjoyed because this is something big for us and we are not taking it lightly,” said Sts Peter and Paul director Claudia Nugent. “The kids put in the work together with their coaches, we have the parents behind us and we are just happy with this win – especially with the fact that it is our first ever Prep Champs title in history.”

Sts Peter and Paul ended the championships in style with emphatic victories in the boys’ and girls’ 4x200m relays respectively in the final events of the competition. Sts Peter and Paul’s Donovan James achieved doubles in the 200 and 400 meters on the final day of competition on Saturday. James first won the 400m with a respectable time of 56.73 seconds. Hydel’s Imaney Samuels finished second with a personal best of 57.82 seconds, while third place went to Vaz’s Rafael Burke who clocked 1:00.80 minutes.

An hour and a half later, James returned to win the 200m event with a personal best time of 25.86 seconds. Imaney Samuels of Hydel took second place in 26.53 seconds and third place went to Kaden Levermore in 26.92 seconds. A few minutes later, James’ teammate Anya Johnson won the Class 1 girls 300m event with a personal best of 43.57 seconds, ahead of Hydel’s Franchesa Herron who finished in 44.28 seconds, and Catteleya Gayle of Alvernia who finished 45.40 seconds clocked.

Richmond Park’s Alzeliha Allen won the girls’ class one sprint double title, securing victory in the 200 meters with a new personal best of 27.38 seconds.

Anya Johnson from Sts Peter and Paul finished second in 27.63 seconds, while St Andrew’s Gabrielle Williamson was third in 27.98 seconds. Allen also claimed the Class One 100m title on Friday, during the second day of competition.

In the field events, Mona’s Najaa Rattray captured the girls’ class one long jump event with a score of 4.48m, surpassing her teammate Ziva McConnell’s 4.21m, and Vaz’s Jada-Paige Chung, who cleared 4.19m achieved. Portmore Missionary’s Nathan Snipe won gold in the boys’ Class 2 long jump with a jump of 4.16 metres.

Kayden Lennon from Vaz came second with a score of 4.13m, while third place went to Jon-Andre Brown from Our Lady of Angels who jumped 4.13m. Andreanna Phillips of Our Lady of the Angels won the girls class one ball throw event with a score of 36.66m, followed by Michaela Sommerville of Morris Knibb with 30.85m and Russania Reno with 30.83m.