Inter School Sports
Despite excellent performances by most of its athletes Berbice High was outscored by Victoria High in the Inter-High School athletic meeting at the Mental Hospital grounds on November 18. The final score of 230 for V.H.S. to 215 for B.H.S. exemplifies the close and exciting competition between the two rivals. Berbice Educational Institute finished a distant third with 115 points.
The defeat was in large part due to the lack of second and third place points. B.H.S. actually gained the most first places, 19 compared to 14 for V.H.S. and 12 for B.E.I. Berbice High had most of the stars, winning five and tying for one of the eight individual age group chaxnpionships, but as the results show, this was not enough to win the team titles.
Residents of New Amsterdam were out in force to watch the exciting races and jumps, and the athletes gave them plenty to cheer about. Besides the close team battle between B.H.S. and V.H.S. the spectators saw some outstanding individual performances. Many of the "star" athletes were Berbice High Students.
Together with two other athletes A. Elgin tied for the girls under 13 athletic championship. She won the high jump at 3 feet 8 inches and placed second in the 80 yard sprint. In addition she ran on the 440 relay team which only narrowly lost to B.E.I.
Swift R. Anderson was the champion athlete for boys under 13. His feats included victory in the 100 in the time of 12.7 and running the anchor leg on the 440 relay. When Anderson received the baton he was even with the Victoria runner, but coming round the last turn the Berbice High speedster made the other runner look like he was standing still. In the girls 13-15 group R. Sinclair remained unbeatable. She gained impressive wins in the 100 and 150 yard sprints, and helped the relay team to victory. This easily earned her the athletic championship for her age group. L. Beharry won that honour in the boys 13-15 group. He broke the tape in the 100 and 220 yard sprints with times of 11.9 and 28.5, then came back to anchor the 440 relay team to sizable victory with a time of 55.5.
B. Welch also remained unbeaten and won the girls 15-17 athletic trophy. Her achievements included a good time of 12.2 in winning the 100, victory in the 220, and the last leg on the prevailing 440 relay team. L. Edmundson in the boys 15- 17 matched her achievements, except that, of course, he covered the ground faster. His winning times were excellent, 11.2 for the 100 and 25.7 for the 220.
Other outstanding B. H. S. athletes, though not winning the athletic championship of their group. were many. W. Hamilion won the boys 13-15 long jump for Berbice High with a leap of 14-7 feet, and D. Ramotar won the same event in the 15-17 group with a mark of 17-5 feet. B. Blair won the under 13 boys long jump. Another jump first place went to H. Joseph in the girls 13-15 high jump with a mark of 4-5 feet. In the distance races F. Atow ran well to place second in the 13-15 boys 660, and G. Alert clocked a time of 2:20.2 minutes in placing second in the 15-17 880 yard run.
In the relays, superior baton handling and speed produced 5 victories for B.H.S. Victoria managed only one while B.E.I. gained two baton firsts.
Following is a list of the athletes who won places in the inter-School competition. The first two in each event went to the zone championship at Skeldon on November 25.