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This one’s memorable, historic – Clarke

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:06 AMLivingston Scott
Calabar High School’s track team hoists star athlete Christopher Taylor as they celebrate winning the 2016 ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships title on Saturday night at the National Stadium.

Last year Calabar High matched their best ever winning streak at the annual Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships, when they won their fourth successive crown.

On Saturday, the Red Hills Road-based school lifted the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for the fifth time on the bounce, when they beat away the challenge of perennial rivals Kingston College (KC) to gain their 26th hold.

For head coach, Clarke, last year was his first time winning four straight and after extending it to five-in-a-row on Saturday, the tactician described the victory as 'memorable' and says plans are in place for the school to go on and claim a sixth straight championship.

"This is a memorable one, very historic. The school in its history has never done five straight before. KC is a talented team, very well coached, but today (Saturday) was our day. But that's championships for you," Clarke commented amid the team's celebrations on the running track.

"But it's not so much for me, it's for the school. They have never gone five straight, so that's historic. For me it's also quite an achievement and I am quite pleased by the success.

"We are always planning ahead, like three years ahead so it's quite a possibility," he said about winning next year.

 

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Clarke has won a combined 15 Boys' Champs titles with three different schools. He won his first championship with St Jago in 1988; then moved to Jamaica College where he won seven titles. He won his first double in 1991-92 with the Old Hope Road-based school and his first triple with the 'Dark Blues' from 1998-2000.

He joined his alma mater, Calabar, in 2003 and saw them to back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. Last year he claimed his first four-peat and now he has won five straight titles for the first time.

"I am humbled by the success and I give God thanks for it as well," he told The Gleaner.

Calabar finished with 287.50 points, well clear of KC, 250, and JC, 227.50.