John Mills seek 16th straight title
Champions John Mills will be seeking their 16th straight victory when the 2010 Institute of Sports (Insports) sponsored three-day Junior High (All-Age) Boys and Girls' Championships begins today at the National Stadium, starting at 10 a.m.
Twenty-nine schools are down to compete at the meet. The other participating schools are Windward Road, Central Branch, Swallowfield, Calabar, Mico Practising, Shortwood Practising, Louise Bennett-Cloverly, Highgate, Melrose, Rock River, Red Hills and Seaward, Rock Hall, Greenwich, Green Park, Allman Town, Balcombe Drive, Lowe River, Bull Bay, Dallas, Cockburn Gardens, Hayes, Maverly, Melrose, New Day, Norman Gardens, Osbourne Store, Rest and Stony Hill.
Returning to the championships this year are Bull Bay, Cockburn Gardens and Stony Hill, while the schools coming from out of the Corporate Area are Green Park, Rest, Rock River, Hayes and Osbourne Store from the Parish of Clarendon, St Mary's Highgate and Lowe River from Trelawny.
Last year, John Mills swept the Championships in fine style, with an overall 537.50 points, followed by Windward Road 320, Central Branch 179, Swallowfield 143.50, Calabar 128 and Mico Practising with 100 points. John Mills also won the boys' and girls' sections with 254.50 and 283 points, respectively.
Five finals are down to be completed today, the Class One girls' high jump, Class Three boys' long jump, Class Two girls' high jump, Class Three girls' long jump and the shot put open for girls.
Keen contest expected
Coach of defending champions John Mills, Ransford Spaulding, said he has a well rounded team despite losing some of last year's top athletes. According to Spaulding, the championships should be keenly contested, especially against arch-rivals Windward Road.
"We should pick up a lot of points in the sprints, while Windward Road are very strong in the jumps, and a lot of outstanding performances are expected from the team," the John Mills coach added.
John Mills' top athletes are expected to be Brandon Sewell in the Class One boys' 100m and 200m, where he has times of 11.51 and 23.85 this year and Jovan Ashley in the Class One 200m and 400m, who ran 23.1 and 53.5 for those events this season.
Team captain Ronique Gray, with times of 25.00 and 59.00 for the 200m and 400m, respectively, should perform well in the Class One girls' events. She competed at the recent Carifta Trials.