Calabar and Edwin Allen to win Champs
On February 24, Champs Watch suggested that Boys' Championships would feature a tight battle between defending champion school Calabar High and Kingston College (KC), and a clear win for Edwin Allen on the Girls' Championships side. Nothing has changed. It looks like Calabar will scrape home to win, with Edwin Allen winning convincingly.
On paper, Calabar have a 10-point margin, with the likely total close to 300 points, with KC threateningly close. The key area is Class Three, where KC are far stronger.
As was the case in February, Jamaica College (JC) appear to be the only other school with a team big enough to breach the 200-point barrier.
Some wonder how, after winning by almost 100 points last year, Calabar could be facing a Championships this close.
History provides Girls' Champs 2009 and 2010 as the test case. Holmwood won in 2009 by 200.5 points. Just a year later, in 2010, the gap between Holmwood and Edwin Allen shrunk to 15.3 points. Things can change fast.
Unless things change radically this year, Edwin Allen will be the only team over 300 points. On paper, St Jago head two other fine teams, Holmwood and Hydel, in the race for 250 points and second place. If this holds, Edwin Allen will win for the third time in four years.
Most of the record action could come in Class Two boys' competition, with the 200m, 400m, 800m, high jump, and 4x100m marks vulnerable to Jhevaughn Matherson of KC if he is at full speed, wonder boy Christopher Taylor of Calabar, Javauney James of STETHS, Lushane Wilson of St Jago, and the Calabar 4x100m, respectively.
Add the Class One triple jump to that list, as O'Brien Wasome of JC has twice reached distances beyond the existing standard.
The Class One discus duel between Shanice Love of Excelsior and 2014 winner Rochelle Frazier of Edwin Allen could topple the record. Waiting uneasily are the records in the Class One and Two 100-metre hurdles and the Class Two 4x100m relay. St Jago captain Peta-Gaye Williams, Janeek Brown of Wolmer's and the dangerous Edwin Allen Class Two 4x100m team are likely to do the damage.
n Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.