Elton Tucker, Assistant Editor - Sport
Champs 100 is going down to the wire. It's a three-way battle for the boys' title at the GraceKennedy-sponsored Inter-Secondar Schools Sports Association (ISSA) meet as competition enters its fourth and final day.
Calabar High, who grabbed the lead on the second day, are still in front on 106 points after 16 finals. But breathing down their necks are pre-meet favourites and defending champions, Kingston College (KC), on 85, and dark horses Wolmer's Boys, 83. Wolmer's are seeking to lift the trophy for the first time in 54 years.
The top three are followed by Jamaica College (JC) 61, Munro College 46.5, St Jago High 34, Campion 15, Herbert Morrison 14.5, Holmwood 11, Camperdown 11, Petersfield 10, Edwin Allen 10, Bellefield 9, Titchfield 9, St George's College 9, Guy's Hill seven, Tacius Golding seven, Herbert Morrison 6.5, Manchester High six, Campion College six, Ardenne six, Glengoffe High six, Clarendon College 5, May Day five, Edwin Allen four, St Mary Technical four, Claude McKay four, St Elizabeth Technical three, Porus High two, Morant Bay two, Old Harbour High two, Bridgeport High two, Balaclava High, one.
The Champs Preview had predicted that defending champions KC would retain their title with 210 points, Calabar a point behind (209) and Wolmer's three behind (207). But it now appears unlikely that any of the leading contenders will go past 200 as they have been ravaged by injuries and mistakes on the track.
Wolmer's are by far the strongest of the three in today's track events but Calabar, with an expected one-two in the Class One shot put and likely victory in the medley relay, could hold on and surprise their rivals.
On the other hand KC are hoping to pick up valuable points in the relays, including victory in the Class Two 4x100m.
The highlights of yesterday's evening session were two record-breaking runs by Kemoy Campbell of Bellefield High in the Class One 1500 metres and St Jago's Kevaughn Rattray in the Class Three 100m final.
Campbell, who also holds the national junior record at 3:42.67, led from gun to line to shatter his own Champs record, clocking 3:45.54 to shave just under three seconds off the 3:48.43 he set last year. Corey Williams of Tacius Golding was second in 3:58.29, while Edwin Allen's Rogeek Rochester was third in 4:00.18.
"I am feeling pretty excited and happy because I came here for the record and my coach encouraged me and it paid off. I wanted to go a little lower but I am still very happy," Campbell said.
Rattary, who broke Munro's Adam Cummings' 2008 mark of 10.91 with a new time of 10.90, was setting his second record at the meet. On Thursday night he registered a new 200m record of 22.07 in winning his semi-final. Second in the event was JC's Edward Clarke, 11.06, and third was Gawain Williams (Herbert Morrison), 11.11.
Wolmer's won the Class Two and One 100m.
The impressive Odean Skeen took Class Two in 10.46 ahead of the Munro pair of Delano Williams (10.60) and Adam Cummings (10.66).
Faster than class one time
Skeen's time was faster than the 10.49 Julian Forte registered to win Class One.
Kemar Bailey-Cole of Old Hardour, 10.53, was second and Jeffrey Josephs of Camperdown third in 10.55.
Titchfield's Shavanes Robinson also put his name in the record books when he became the winner of the first Class Three 1500m final run at Champs. Robinson pulled away from his rivals late to win in 4:25.67. Guy's Hill's Kemanie Mitchell was second, 4:27.18 with Calabar's Orville Dixon earning six valuable points for his school, with third in 4:28.05.
Favourite Oshane Turner of Petersfield High, 4:12.31, came home ahead of Aaron Lee of JC, 4:14.76.
Calabar and Wolmer's both scored well in the Class Three long jump. Abraham Robertson of Wolmer's, helped by a plus 6.1 metres per second wind, jumped 6.93m to win gold as Calabar's Tarull Clarke, 6.75m, and Edward Clarke of JC took the next two places. Calabar's Jullante Walker was fourth (6.64m) and Wolmer's Hackeem Lewis fifth, 6.17m.