Record-breakers rack up over $1.6m in scholarships
ATHLETICS: Digicel Grand Prix Championships
Student-athletes broke 83 records, earning $1,660,000 in scholarships over the course of the six-meet 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which ended with the Grand Prix Finals at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport last Saturday.
Any athlete who broke a meet record, Grand Prix record, or national junior record, earned $20,000 in scholarships to offset school expenses, which will be paid directly to the school he or she will attend in September 2016.
Kingston College's Class Two athlete, Zico Campbell, was a big winner, earning $100,000 in scholarships, after breaking five records over the course of the six meets.
Excelsior High's Shanice Love, the girls Under-20 discus Grand Prix champion, earned $60,000 for breaking three records, including a new Grand Prix final record in the Class One discus, in which she threw 50.39 metres to win.
Athletes who won $40,000 each for breaking two records were St. Elizabeth Technical High School's (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield, Jamaica College's Clayton Brown, Calabar High's Kevroy Venson, Edwin Allen's Shannon Kalawan, Fiona Richards (Edwin Allen), St. Jago's Keenan Lawrence, STETHS' Sahjay Stevens, Shevan Parks of Bellefield, Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield, and Sanique Walker of Vere Technical, and Ashley Williams of St. Jago.
The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic and the Western Championships. The other meets in the series were the Central Athletics Championships, Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet, Camperdown Classic, and the G.C. Foster Classics.
Edwin Allen and St. Jago High Schools emerged champion girl and boy school, respectively.
Edwin Allen earned 237.6 points to be the leading girls' school, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical with 153, Excelsior High137.3, St. Jago 114, and St. Elizabeth Technical 111, rounding out the top five.
St. Jago boys earned 252 points to finish ahead of Calabar 184, St. Elizabeth Technical High 136, Kingston College 131, and Munro College 88, rounding out the top five.