Coming into Sunday, the ‘Washie Wildcats’, as they are dubbed, had a slender lead with the Verchild’s and the Sandy Point High School trailing closely behind. However, Washie kept up its winning momentum on Sunday, when they slowly started to pull away from the field.
Following a good showing in the 100m series, it was clear by then that it would only take two gold medals, out of the 6- 4x100meter relays, to put the Washie out of reach of the other competitors.
During the the relays they took 3 out of the 6 on offer, running away with their second consecutive Inter-School Championship title, in emphatic style.
Speaking to the Washington Archibald High School Coach, Donnell Esdaille, after the meet, he told MiyVue.com that he was always confident of victory, despite being behind on Saturday, when it seemed that the Charles E Mills was running away with the title. He said his confidence was anchored in the fact that he also knew the track events were their strongest ones.
The event was held in front of a huge crowd of athletic fans, who turned out in their thousands to support their favourite school. Some estimates, though not providing the specific numbers, have indicated that the crowd size certainly rivals that of the 2008 CARIFTA Games, hosted at the same venue, at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, in Bird Rock.
The final results saw the top six teams, in the following order, emerging as Washington Archibald High School, Verchilds High, Charles E Mills, Basseterre High, Charlestown Secondary, and Cayon.
Other schools competing were Gingerland High, Immaculate Convention Catholic School, Saddlers Secondary, AVEC and CFBC.
Some EC$12, 500 in cash prizes were presented to the winning schools: Washie EC$5,000; Verchilds EC$3,000.00; Charles E Mills EC$2,000.00; Basseterre High EC$1,000; Charlestown Secondary EC$750.00 and: Cayon High EC$500.00