C'bar, Edwin set to shine
Defending Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls' Athletics champions, Calabar High and Edwin Allen High, are in pole position to capture the major prize of $1 million in gym equipment for their athletics programmes when the Digicel Grand Prix finals conclude today at the National Stadium with the staging of the GC Foster Classic.
Action is set to begin at 9 a.m.
Following the staging of five qualifying meets, three in the Corporate Area - Youngster Goldsmith, Corporate Area Championships and Camperdown Classic - along with the Western and Eastern Athletics Championships the stage is set for an exciting day.
The Michael Clarke-coached Calabar, with 110 points, have an 11-point lead over nearest rivals St Elizabeth Technical (99) with Jamaica College (90) and Kingston College (71) some distance behind. Calabar team has the most qualifiers in the seven individual events and despite not qualifying for the 4x400 metres they look home and dried.
Among the leaders in individual events for Calabar are Michael O'Hara in the Boys' Under-20 100 metres with a best time of 10.33 seconds ahead of teammate, Edward Clarke, 10.45. In the Under-20, they also have Travis Riley leading in the long jump with 7.23m, and Andre Beckford on top in the discus with 50.30m, ahead of teammate, Warren Barrett, 49.58m.
Tyreke Wilson will lead the Red Hills Road team in the Under-17 100m with a best of 10. 62 with his teammate, Michael Stevens in second with 10.78 seconds.
Dejour Russell and Christopher Taylor look set to give their team valuable points in the Under-17 200m and 400m where they are the leaders. Russell, with a best of 21.60 seconds, leads the half-lap event ahead of Kingston College's Tyreke Bryan, 22.09. Taylor, following his spectacular 45.69 run in the 400m at the Carifta Trials, should continue his winning ways.
The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen High girls look set to continue their impressive form in the female events. They have 77 points and are ahead of Wolmer's Girls, 74, and Vere
Technical on 69.
Under-19 representatives, Rochelle Frazer (47.74m) and Paula Ann Gayle (45.34m) in the discus event are two key members of the Edwin Allen team. Shanice Love of Excelsior leads with 48.48m.
UTech on show
Following their impressive show at the Gibson Relays where they were the most outstanding senior team, the powerful University of Technology contingent, should again top the clubs and colleges.
Sprinters Chanice Bonner , Shericka Jackson, Elaine Thompson and Christania Williams lead the way among the women while the top males are Demarley Brown, Andrew Fisher and Julian Forte. They will be tested by Racers Track Club, Cameron Blazers and Sprint Tech. The college athletes will participate in open 100m, 200m and 400m.
Other events down to be contested for high school teams today include the 2000 metres steeplechase, 100m, 400m, all sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, 800m and sprint medley on the track. In the field, there will be high jump, long jump, javelin throw, shot put, discus and triple jump.