4x1 record high point for girls' Champs winners Edwin Allen’s Dyke
Edwin Allen High amassed 321 points to beat Hydel High by 100 points and St Jago by over 102 points to secure their third Girls' Champs title at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Dyke said his girls satisfied his expectations throughout the championship, but his highlight of the meet was the performance of his Class Four girls' 4x100 metres team, which lowered the previous 47.28-second mark set by St Jago to 46.90 in the heats and then smashed their own record in the final with a blistering 46.65.
"The overall strength of the team was great, but I think the performance of the Class Four girls' 4x1 was excellent. They ran 46.65, and that was very good for very young girls," he commented.
He was full of praise for the school administrators, community and supporters, and believes that the team showed that they will have enough depth and quality next year to make a three-peat.
"I think, on the evidence of our performance here, that we will be strong enough to repeat next year; so, hopefully, everything goes well and we will be successful again," Dyke noted.
Despite the massive points win, some were of the opinion that they were pushed somewhat by the two St Catherine schools.
Dyke said the assessment might have been true for the first few days.
"We weren't really pushed," Dyke told The Gleaner after leading the Clarendon school to their second title in successive years.
"In the early days, yes. But if you look at the points difference at the end, it's over 100 points, so we were not pushed," he said.
"Definitely, we expected to win. It was just a matter of how many points, but we knew we would come out on points, and we delivered as we should," he added.