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The race is on... Athletics competition gets underway today

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
Calabar celebrates victory on the final day of Champs 2014.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but for defending ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships title holders Calabar and Edwin Allen, today's start of competition marks the beginning of a long road back to the top.

Powered as usual by their field events machine and boasting a solid all-round track unit, Calabar start as favourites to secure their 25th hold on the Mortimer Geddes trophy and their fourth on the trot. The green-and-black-clad 'Lions' are ready to roar again; after all, they did beat bitter rivals Kingston College (KC) by almost 100 points last year. But that was then.

In former Munro College man, Neil Harrison, KC's purple heart beats again, pumping renewed belief and just the right amount of revenge, as they look to claim their first title since 2009.

There is an eerie calm hanging over the Old Hope Road-based Jamaica College (JC), and those in the know will be quick to warn against writing off the 2011 champions.

The race is no less intriguing on the girls' side with the quintet of Champs queens Edwin Allen; last year's runner-up, St Jago; Hydel; Vere and Holmwood; all looking in shape to take the title race to the very end.

The pages of Champs history will this week tell new tales, celebrate new heroes, and document fresh agony.