National School Championships
Strong athletics performance by District 10 By Lloyda Nicholas
Stabroek News
November 29, 2006

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In this Lawrence Fanfair composite photo competitors (to the right) in the 3000-metre girls' open cycle race duke it out and Naomi Singh of District Four, East Coast Demerara cruises to victory (at left) at the National Schools Championships.

After two days of competition and 53 finals District 10 (Upper Demerara/Kwakwani) is leading by a large margin with 260.5 points in the Ministry of Education and Guyana Teachers Union 46th Annual National Schools Championships at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground. District six (Corentyne) is trailing with 203 points and District three (West Demerara) is not far behind with 200.5 points.

District 12 (East Georgetown) took three of the top 100-metre events, with Rhondell Alleyne winning the girls' under 20, Telston McKinnon took the gold in the boys under 16 and Michael Canzius also took top honours in the boys' under 14.

Kenneth Semple of District 4 (East Coast Demerara) won the under 20 boys' 100- metre event and Roxanne Rigby took the honours in the girls' under 16 100-metre race.

The men's under 20 high jump saw keen competition between the country's top guns with District 10's Keon Sears eventually sailing over the opposition at a height of 1.94. In the women's side of the competition, Calicia Higgins of District 6 won with,Abigale Venture of District 2 (Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon) in second and Shivon Gilbert of District 10 in third.

In cycling, with 11 events completed District 6 has a slim lead over district 10, with Corentyne racking up 78 points and the latter holding on strong with 70 points. Alonzo Greaves of District 11, as expected, won the boys' open 5000-metre race after holding a strong second place for most of the race and a bruising sprint in the last 100 metres.

Pride Thomas of District six was second and Jason Bourne was third. In the girls'-3000 metre open cycle race, Naomi Singh of District four rode a strong race to beat Diana Pollydore of District 10 and Daniella Martin who came in second and third respectively.

Pollydore also won the 800-metre girls' open and Geron Williams was first in the male open 800 metres. The 2000m girls' open race was won by Elisha Henry.

In the teachers' events, District seven (Bartica) leads with 134 points over District 6 who have 105 points and District 3 who have 89 points.

The day's events featured exciting competition and were viewed by an average sized crowd of vocal supporters. Competition continues tomorrow with more field events and the highly anticipated relay events. Action starts at 9:00 am sharp.