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Top schools will be close on points table

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 3:00 AMOliver Harris
Oliver 'Elmo' Harris

Six finals will be contested on the second day of the GraceKennedy/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys' and Girls' Athletic Championships and scoring will well and truly get underway.

The finals to be contested are the 2000m steeplechase open for boys and girls, the long jump - classes One and Two for boys, the discus - Class One for girls and the Class Two shot put for girls.

In addition to the finals, the preliminaries of the 800m, 200m, 400m hurdles and sprint relays for all classes get under way. The 400m hurdles open for boys and girls are actually semi-finals and the performances in this event will determine the finalists for Friday's final.

The male and female sprint relay events for all classes, will also determine the finalists for Saturday and the top teams will be hoping that there will be no mishaps, like dropped batons or lane infringements.

In the boys' section, the spotlight will shine on the Class One long jump where the Jamaica College (JC) pair of O'brien Wasome and Ajani James will battle the Kingston College (KC) pair of Gavin Gibson and Shammawi Wellington. Calabar's Julani Walker and Travis Riley are also expected to score significant points here.

In the Class Two long jump, the heavy favourite is Creary of Wolmer's Boys' with his main competitor being Campbell of Calabar.

The steeplechase finals should see Daniel Glave of Holmwood winning the event and Garfield Gordon of Mavis Bank and Nicholas Mundle of Bellefield contesting for the minor medals.

 

JC lead

 

With three finals completed, JC should have a very slim lead over Calabar, both teams scoring more than 20 points, while KC will be in third place, approximately eight to 10 points behind the leaders.

In the female section, the girls' Class One discus takes centre stage with Excelsior's Shanice Love looking for her first Girls Championship title in this event. The Edwin Allen pair of Rochelle Frazer and Paul-Ann Gayle, and the defending champion, Shadae Lawrence of Hydel, are expected to provide keen competition.

Devia Brown of Hydel, Fiona Richards of Buff Bay and Sahjay Stevens of STETHS are the favourites to win the medals in the Class Two shot put event, while in the steeplechase, defending champion Shanieke Watson of Holmwood should successfully defend her crown.

Monifa Green of Hydel, Elvina Howell of Edwin Allen and Melissa Tyme of Holmwood should contest the other medals.

At the end of day two, Hydel, Holmwood and Edwin Allen should almost be tied on points, with all three teams scoring just over 20 points.