CALABAR High easily captured their third consecutive ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships and their 24th overall on a pulsating final day of action in which Javon Francis erased Usain Bolt’s 400m record at the National Stadium yesterday.
Despite the early hiccups, the green-and-black-clad boys from Red Hills Road sorted out their glitches and easily dispatched their rivals, rattling up 305 points to win by a huge 96.5-point margin. KC finished second with 208.5 ahead of JC in third with 190 points. St Jago with 158.5 were fourth ahead of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) on 123 points.
It was a more than deserved victory for Calabar as they showed tremendous all-round strength to secure one of the biggest winning margins in the boys’ section for years. Read more
Micheal O’Hara of boys’ champions Calabar High and St Jago High’s Class Four treble gold medal winner Kimone Shaw were the overall individual points champions at the 103rd ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships that closed in a blaze of glory at the National Stadium on Saturday. Both athletes won three events to accumulate 27 points each to also win their respective classes.
O’Hara was a repeat winner after his 24 points last year were the most among the boys as he romped to three gold medals, including a new record in the Class Two 110m hurdles which he ran 13.45 seconds. O’Hara also won the sprint double — the 100m in 10.56 seconds and the 200m in a wind-aided 20.65 seconds. Jamaica’s College’s Devaughn Baker and Obrien Waysome both scored 16 points each in Class Two. Read more
CALABAR High School roared loudly on the final day to successfully defend the Mortimor Geddes trophy — symbol of schoolboys’ track and field supremacy — when they strolled to an easy victory on yesterday’s final day of the 103rd ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. After entering the day in third place, on 110 points, behind Jamaica College (JC) on 115 and Kingston College (KC) on 113, Calabar wasted no time in asserting their dominance on the track, as they gradually pulled away from the pack, piling up points in almost every event on the final day of the five-day championships.
After a quiet first three days, the excitement that started building on Friday’s fourth day reached boiling point yesterday with the infamous KC cheering section leading the way with drums, horns and cheering from the first event in what is arguably the greatest Champs ever. At the end, Calabar High amassed 299, followed by JC on 258.5, KC on 247.5, Wolmer’s Boys, 121, St Jago, 107, Munro College, 98, STETHS, 49, Holmwood, 48, Petersfield, 34, and Manchester High on 29 to round out the top 10.
A full two hours before the end of the championships, just after 6:00 pm, and with over 40 points clear, Calabar’s coaching staff was still working hard, leaving nothing to chance. Read more
In one of the most spectacular clashes of high school athletic prowess, where 30 records were broken, Holmwood Technical High School this evening regained its hold on the girls’ title while Calabar High School was crowned king of the 2013 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
Holmwood finished ahead of the highly-fancied Edwin Allen High School who placed second while St Jago was placed third. Edwin’s second place finish may be attributed partly to the failure of top athlete Marleena Eubanks to compete in the 400m and 800m two weeks after sustaining an injury when she was hit on the head by a discus during training. Read more
As the 103rd staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships begins today at the National Stadium, track and field lovers and pundits alike are excited to see what will unfold over the five-day spectacle.
While there will undoubtedly be intense competition for the respective title between Calabar and Kingston College on the boys side and reigning champions Edwin Allen and Holmwood on the girl side, there are also a number of individual performances that patrons will anticipate with bated breath. Read more
Calabar High School’s first-year Class Two athlete Michael O’Hara and Edwin Allen’s thrower Danniel Thomas were named the Boys and Girls champion athletes after Saturday’s end of the 102nd ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
Thomas, who won two gold medals while setting a new record in the shot put Open, scored 25 points to beat Alpha’s Kimberly Williams, while O’Hara scored 24 points also from two wins and a third place finish. O’Hara upset Jamaica College’s red-hot favourite Rohan Walker in the 200m after taking the bronze in the 100m on Friday, then won the 110m hurdles event.
Thomas, who transferred from Frome Technical two years ago, lost her Class One discus throw title to teammate Tara-sue Barnett in an epic battle on Wednesday where both broke the old record repeatedly, then smashed the shot put Open record with a 14.47m effort before winning the javelin throw on Saturday with 40.74m, improving on her third place from last year as defending champion Kellion Knibb of St Jago finished third. Read more
It is sweet victory for Calabar on the 100th anniversary of the school and days after it won the 2012 Schools’ Challenge’ Quiz. Calabar headed into the season promising a ‘QUAMPS’ (Quiz and Champs) victory.
FINAL POINTS STANDINGS - ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys Champs 2012
- Calabar High School – 287.5
- Kingston College – 265
- Jamaica College – 220.5
- Wolmers’ Boys School – 140
- Munro College – 94
The match was keenly contested from the start with the score locked at 8-8 at the end of the first segment. At the end of the speed section, it was another tie, 27-27. That set the stage for a thrilling buzzer segment. Titchfield High remained composed and pulled ahead, but half-way into the final segment Calabar took the lead and never looked back.