Inter Zone Sports
Berbice High School athletes helped Zone 1 take top honours at the East Berhice Secondary Schools Inter-Zone Athletic Championships. The competition, held on November 25 at the Skeldon Estate Community Centre grounds, saw Zone 1 with 375 points easily overcome Zone 3, with 240 points and Zone 2 with 186 points. The scoring difference undoubtedly would have been higher had not a rainstorm washed out the relay races, the strongest event for Zone 1.
Eight first places were earned by B.H.S athletes. Besides these, many other points were scored by B.H.S competitors who took seconds and thirds.
The outstanding point-scorers of the day were a pair of quick-footed girls from Berhice High. A. Elgin and R. Sinclair both won two firsts for Zone 1. Miss Elgin, running in the under 13 class, started off right by winning the first event, the 80 yard sprint. Later in the day she also won the high jump and led Zone 1 to victory in the only relay that could be completed before the rain came. Miss Sinclair remained unbenten in six consecutive races this year as she easily outclassed her opponents in the 100 yards in 12.8 and the 150 yards in 19.5.
B. Blair, boys under l3 class, took first in the long jump. His excellent leap of 15 feet surpassed his best previous mark by over two feet. S. Ferdinand won the same event in the girls under 13 group. Her victory came as somewhat of a surprise since she had been second in both previous meetings. A third jumper to win top honours from Berbice High was V. Welch in the boys 15 to l7 triple jump. This was the first year this diliicult event had been held, but Welch showed that he had already mastered the technique in a very short time.
In the girls l5 to l7 group speedster B. Welch lost her first race of the year as she got off to a bad start in the l00 yards. But she didn't let that discourage her, and came back strong to win the 220 in a time of 30.0. Other point scorers from B H.S. were: R. Anderson, boys under 13, 100 yards third place; L. Beharry, boys 13-15, second in the 100 yards and third in the 220. F. Atow, second in boys 13 – 15 660 yard run. W. Hamilton, tied for second in the boys 13 – 15 high jump. C. Sinclair, second in the girls 13-15 high jump. L. Edmundson, second in the boys 15-17 100 yards. S. Cort, second in the boys 15-17 high jump. E. Ramotar, second in the boys 15-17 long jump with his best jump at 18-3 feet; and R. Khan, third in the girls over 17 long jump with a mark of ll-8 feet.
The athletes from B.H.S. were encouraged by the cheers of about fifty Berbice High students who accompanied them to Skeldon. A resounding yell came from these students whenever any B.H.S. athlete stepped on the winners platform.
The schools represented in Zone 1 were: Berbice High School, Victoria High School and Berbice Educational Institute. In Zone 2 the competitors were Belvedere Secondary, Corentyne High and Port Mourant Comprehensive High. Zone 3 athletes were from Skeldon Line Path Government Secondary, Skeldon Lutheran High and Tagore Memorial High.