The curtain came down on boys’ athletics season with a meet at St John’s College (SJC) on Saturday March 23. It was a beautiful clear day with no rain fears, rain that had marred previous athletics fixtures, with some being postponed or cancelled. Credit must be given to SJC for well-kept grounds. The marquee tents pitched for the competitors on one side of the field also looked resplendent.
Eight schools were listed as participants on the programme but six took part in the inaugural SJC meet. Schools that participated included SJC, Prince Edward, Hellenic Academy, St George’s College, Lomagundi College and Peterhouse Boys. Due to the meet being the first to be held at SJC, there were no standing records. All first places were recorded as new records.
Some of the participants looked tired and this was because they had participated at the National trials that were held at the National Sports’ Stadium from Wednesday the 20th of March up to Friday the 22nd. The SJC meet presented an opportunity for coaches to field participants who normally come second in their age groups, for their respective schools. A chance that rarely comes for most. It was pleasantly surprising to see those same boys finishing strong in their races.
It was so near, yet so far for Peterhouse as St George’s edged them by seven points to beat the boys from “Ndera” in the relays (the last events of the meet). It was a meet with 78 events in total. As a spectator, I would have liked for there to have been 4x400m events included in the meet as there were none. Kudos to SJC for a well-organized inaugural meet.