|Knights take charge on day one|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Mar 09, 2012
Leading by more than 200 points, the C.R. Walker Knights are well on their way to capturing their ninth consecutive title in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Senior Track and Field Championships.
A combined score of 416 points puts the Knights out front in the two-day track and field meet, which wraps up today at the old Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The closest school to the Knights are the C.V. Bethel Stingrays followed by the R.M. Bailey Pacers, which have 220.67 points and 186.50 points respectively. The Government High School Magic are in fourth with 142.33 points and the C.I. Gibson Rattlers are sitting in fifth with 134 points.
To the surprise of many, the C.C. Sweeting Cobras are in eighth place with 107 points. Both the Doris Johnson Marlins and the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves are ahead of them with 132.50 points and 119 points respectively.
Only four divisions are contested at the GSSSA senior meet. Those are the intermediate boys and girls and the senior boys and girls. The Knights are leading all four divisions. The Marlins are second in the senior girls, trailing by only five points. The Pacers and the Stingrays are tied with 43 points.
The score, after one day of competition, in the intermediate girls, is 123 points for the Knights and 84 for the Timberwolves. The Rattlers are in third with 41 points. The Knights are followed by the Stingrays in the intermediate boys division.
The Stingrays are just two points ahead of the Pacers who have a total of 70.
The Knights and Stingrays are also battling for the senior boys crown. The Knights have established a little gap, leading by 37.33 points. The Stingrays closed day one with 75.67 points and the Magic, with 49.33 points.
“This right now is almost a shocker because normally on the first day C.R. Walker is in a close race,” said Floyd Armbrister, who jokingly said it will have to snow on the final day for the outcome to be reversed. “I know three years ago, C.I. Gibson had us by 12 and a half points. Normally this is our slow day and the real explosive day is on Friday, the last day.
“Friday is like a hurricane for us. We have the 400m and the 300m hurdles. All of the 800m, that is [our] strength area. All the middle distance races are our strength. In the 1,500m, we won all. We are going to try and break some records especially in the under-20 boys 800m. We are going to try and go after Denver Gaitor’s record.”
According to Armbrister, their attention, after today, will be toward the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) High School Nationals. He is hoping to put together a good crop of athletes that will not only compete with the likes of the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine and the Queen’s College Comets, but athletes who should be able to qualify for the upcoming regional and international junior meets.