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With a trio of challengers far behind him, 11 year
old Jemell Boatswain of Arima Boys Government
crossed the finish line at 11:08.7 to win the Atlantic
National Primary Schools 3K Road Race on May 1 at
the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima.
Some 103 children from 21 primary schools partic-
ipated in the race, which is staged every year in one
of the eight educational districts.
As the contestants raced along the streets of Malabar,
a small group led by Boatswain broke away early from
the pack. In a steady rhythm, Boatswain kept a few
paces ahead of three contenders from the Cumana
Anglican team: Kevin Robinson, 11; Daveon Callender,
11; and Jaheim Blaze-Keller, 12. At several times it looked
as if the race could have gone to any of the four.
But at the three-quarter mark, Boatswain pulled
away from the group. With no sign of losing steam he
sped into the closing stretch and tirelessly glided onto
the stadium's running track and to victory.
Despite the cheers of their coach and supporters, the
three Cumana Anglican boys were unable to close the
gap. Robinson, Callender and Blaze-Keller trailed
Boatswain into the stadium at 11:22.5, 11:24.0 and 11:24.5
respectively, taking second, third and fourth place.
Christie Marie Mahar, 11, of Bon Air Government
won the Girls Division, clocking 12:48.6. Cassandra
Joseph, 12, of Toco Anglican and Claudine Antoine, 12
of Las Lomas RC were second and third with 12:54.1
and 12:55.3, respectively. Cumana Anglican's Roshana
Singh took fourth place with 14:13.5 in the Under-15
category. The National 3K Road Race is staged every
year by the National Primary Schools Track and Field
Association as the precursor to the season's main event:
the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field
This year's Championships get underway on May
20 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo. This
will be the 53rd edition of this event, which every year
culminates the track and field programme of competition
for primary schools.
Both the Road Race and the Championships are
managed by the National Primary Schools Track and
Field Association, with support from the Ministry of
Education and sponsorship by LNG production company
Port-of-Spain and Environs
Education District, the defending
champions of the Atlantic Nation-
al Primary Schools Track and
Field Championship, are request-
ing that their athletes come out
to a special session today at the
Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-
The champions are seeking to
win the National Games title for
the sixth time in as many years and
the 26th time in 28
Head coach Abeyola Akowe is
asking that all athletes come to the
Complex at 9 am today and tomor-
row. The training session ends at
Last year's champions St Antho-
ny's Girl RC School (formerly called
Petit Valley Girls' RC) will meet
Carenage Girls' Government in the
first of two semi-finals tomorrow
at the Jean Pierre Complex.
The defending champion is
unbeaten this season and is expect-
ed to extend its winning sequence.
In the other semifinal, Diego
Martin Government School will
meet former national champion
Diamond Vale Government School.
The latter has the same profile
as St Anthony's having played
unbeaten for the season.
However, Diego Martin Govern-
ment is coach by veteran Marva
Lewis and are prepared for the chal-
First pass for the opening game
is at 9.30 am.
The Port-of-Spain finals is card-
ed for Thursday beginning at 9.30
am at the same venue.
The Port-of-Spain & Environs
District will host St Patrick's Edu-
cation District in the quarter-final
of the National Competition on
May 28 at the same venue.
Jemell Boatswain (#67), right, of Arima Boys'
Government, breaks away from his closest
contenders in the Atlantic National Primary Schools
3K Road Race. Trailing are Daveon Callender (#35)
from left, Judah McEachnie (#52) of Monte Video
Government, Kevin Robinson (#32), Tahir Edwards
(#34) of Grande Riviere Anglican and (hidden)
Jaheim Blaze-Keller (#37). Callender, Robinson, and
Blaze-Keller attend Cumana Anglican.
PoS & Environs prepares for National Games
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