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Champs fever burns

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Calabar High's Christopher Taylor.
Edwin Allen's Shellece Clarke

Jamaica's finest will be on show over the next five days as Calabar and Edwin Allen get ready to defend their ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships titles at the National Stadium.

Edwin Allen romped to a 100-point win to tighten their grip on their dominance of the girls' title, claiming their second consecutive title, and three in four years, to make light of the challenges of rivals Hydel, St Jago, and Holmwood Technical.

It will take nothing short of a miracle to take the title from the Frankfield, Clarendon-based school, with the Michael Dyke-coached youngsters marching into the National Stadium with an all-powerful squad, which boasts exceptional quality in all classes.

The forecast sees another Edwin Allen win. In fact, the conversation in the build-up to the championships has centred around their possible margin of victory, with Dyke and his crew hell-bent on widening the gap they enjoyed last year.

It was a much closer affair among the boys in 2015, and it is expected to be another edge-of-the-seat race for the Mortimer Geddes Trophy.

Calabar will have to hold off a determined Kingston College team, with Jamaica College also desperate to return to the top of the pile.

Twenty-one preliminary events are on the schedule today, starting with the Class One Boys' long jump event at 1 p.m.

Champs fever is already burning as the long lines to purchase tickets are proving.