The Charles E Mills Secondary School (CEMSS) has once again displayed its track and field supremacy by capturing still another TDC Interschool title. This is the fifth straight time and the 25th time in the school’s history.
CEMMS captured a whopping 27 Gold medals to trouncing their nearest competitor by 12 golds and running away with the competition at the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium.
In addition to its 27 Gold medals CEMMS captured 16 Silver and 19 Bronze medals. Second place went to Washington Archibald High School which captured 16 Gold, 12 Silver and 22 Bronze while third went to the Charlestown Secondary School from Nevis which totalled 15 Gold and Silver as well as 11 Bronze.
Fans of Track and Field from the individual schools flocked to the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium despite the increase in ticket prices to support their individual schools with a capacity crowd Sunday evening. But it was the fans in red & black who left the stadium the happiest.
Though a challenge was being mounted by Washington Archibald and Basseterre High School over the first two days CEMSS outlasted and dominated Sunday, especially in the field events to continue their track and field dynasty.
Leading the charge for CEMMS was Nickesha Howe, Jarencia Jeffers and Trishanie Warner who significantly added to the team’s medal count in both individual and team events.
Speaking after the meet Llewelyn Pyke CEMSS Head Coach said that he had anticipated the schools success ahead of the competition. “It was fabulous, I thought we would have gotten 30 Gold medals after we went to the technical meeting and learned some of the events would not fly I knew we would have gotten about 27 Gold medals.”
The Coach credited hard work and the quality of his athletes for his athlete’s success after being asked about the secret of the schools success in the competition.
“It is not really a secret it is just that we are getting from the feeder schools athletes who want to work hard in training.”
Nickiesha Howe one of the star athletes who participated in the U18 gils 1500m, 800m, 3000m and 4×100 indicated that the commitment from all the athletes to hard work was the key to CEMSS success.
Commenting on her performances she said that she was confident of a medal in all her events. “I knew that I would have placed or get a gold in all my events but I pulled up in the 3000m. But I was able to place in everything else.”
She was also proud of her teammate’s efforts. “We worked very hard leading up to the competition. My teammates did great and did me proud.”
The St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA) PRO Kilony Johnson indicated that they were proud of the result of the meet being the first for this new SKNAAA executive. “All in all we pulled off an exciting and successful event this year and you can just judge by the size of the crowd the atmosphere at the Kim Collins Stadium and going by that alone.”
He also commended the athletes who participated over the past two weekends to make the meets the success they were. “Going back to last weekend the Primary School athlete put on a show for us they came out an gave it their all and we are proud of them. ”
He continued, “This weekend we saw several records falling, these athletes put a lot into their craft and to come out here and perform for the general public all I can say is kudos to them and congratulate them for coming out and putting on a good show for the fans.”
Ayazmia Dolphin of the Immaculate Conception Catholic School was named as the top female athlete while Aljani Mills of the Verchilds High School was named top male athlete.