Pala: Ernakulam district retained the overall championship at the 61st State School Athletics Meet that ended at Pala on Monday.

Securing 252 points, Ernakulam placed themselves well ahead of Palakkad (175) and Kozhikode (107).

Among schools, Mar Basil Higher Secondary School, Kothamangalam clinched the title with 75 points. They were followed by St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School Pullurampara (63) and Parli Higher Secondary School (57) .

On the final day, Aparna Roy of St.Joseph's HSS, Pullurampara, completed her triple as she bagged gold in senior girls’ 200m event.
Ancy Sojan, who finished first in junior girls’ category, achieved the sprint double.

The last event of the meet was 4x400m relay which saw Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram bagging gold respectively in senior girls’ and boys’ categories.

On nine occasions, the meet witnessed the athletes bettering the national record. They are:

Abhishek Mathew (Mar Basil) – 800m

Jishna (Kumaramputhur School, Palakkad) – high jump

Anas (Parli HSS, Palakkad) - triple jump

Gayathri Sivakumar (Sacred Hearts, Thevara) – high jump

Ancy Sojan (Fisheries HSS, Nattika)- long jump

Ajith PN (Parli HSS) – 5000m

Sandra Babu (Mathirapilly Govt VHSS) –long jump

Anumol Thampi (Mar Basil) – 3000m