Maloney sets new national record by winning 400 meters at Arkansas Twilight; Nugent and Lemonious also get wins

The Stadium East facility witnessed a spectacular display of talent on the opening day of the INSPORTS/Devon Biscuits Primary Schools Eastern Championship, with five records falling before the end of the competition.

Lyssons Primary’s Mickoloy Saunders set the tone by breaking the boys’ 800m record, clocking an impressive 2:35.94. This performance surpassed the previous score of 2:39.83 set by his classmate Yohance Carty last year. Lawrence Tavern’s Camron Fraser also made waves, finishing second in the heat with a time of 2:28.37, which was lower than the previous record.

Romann Gray of Seaside Primary in Portland continued the girls’ 800m record, storming to victory in 2:31.51, well under the old record of 2:36.57. Deanakay Pinnock of St. Patrick’s was another highlight, clocking a time of 2:42.90 in winning her heat.

Lyssons Primary showed their dominance by breaking records in the 4x200m relay for both girls and boys. The girls team rocketed to victory in 1:50.74, erasing Harbor View’s 2023 record of 1:54.87. Meanwhile, the boys’ team recorded a blistering time of 1:45.80, breaking the old record of 1:51.80 set by St Jude’s last year.

To add to the record-breaking performance, Windward Road’s Shemika Dobbs took the Class 4 girls’ 60m in a swift 9.17 seconds, eclipsing the previous record held by Alpha’s Sunjai KirkPatrick.

The championship continues on Thursday with ten finals scheduled. Defending champions St Thomas’ Lyssons Primary are primed for success as they have qualified numerous athletes for the finals and shown exceptional form early in the competition.