Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Former champions Buff Bay High hold a six-point lead over arch-rivals Oberlin High heading into today's final day of the two-day Jamaica National Building Society Eastern Schools Sports Association Championships at the National Stadium.
The Kevin Brown-coached Buff Bay scored 160 points, while defending champions Oberlin have 154. They are followed by St Mary's High (92.50), Glengoffe (75), Titchfield (40), Seaforth (34.50), Yallahs (33), Morant Bay (30), St Thomas Technical (25.50) and Happy Grove (19).
Despite his team's slim lead, Brown is confident they have the depth to win the title.
"It is going to be tough, but I am pretty confident that we can win the title this year," said Brown. "My students are willing to work and I know that they will come out and put up a good showing on the final day."
Buff Bay last won the title in 2010.
Two records were broken on yesterday's opening day. Titania Markland from St Mary's College won the girls' Class One 1500m in a new meet record of 4:56.70, eclipsing the previous mark of 5:07.91, which was held by Margaret McKay of Oberlin. McKay was second in 5:0582 ahead of Shauna Brown from Glengoffe 5:28.48.
Shamona Hunt from Glengoffe captured the girls' Class Two 1500m in 5:06.53 in front of Aneisha Walker, Oberlin (5:07.82) and Anniesha Black of Glengoffe (5:08.05).
Shanique Masters from Tacky High broke the girls' Class Three 1500m record in a time of 5:02.53, erasing the previous mark of 5:05.15 which was once held by Margaret McKay of Oberlin. Whitney Gauntlett of Buff Bay was second in 5:08.96 in front of Tamarsha Smith of Oberlin (5:22.56).
Boys' Class One
Keinon Pryce of Glengoffe captured the boys' Class One 1500m in 4:09.91 ahead of Jaheem Forrester from Titchfield (4:11.34) and Claudius Wray of Buff Bay (4:13.42).
Teahjmar Burke from St Mary's College won the boys' Class Two 1500m in 4:23.70 ahead of Jevanney Leslie of Glengoffe (4:23.89) and Renardo Taylor of St Mary's College (4:32.39).
Seaforth's Stephan Brown took the boys' Class Three 1500m event in 4:49.71. Oberlin's Alex Walker (4:51.17) was second and Obryan Graham of Morant Bay (4:52.13) third.
Annjetta Hanson of Buff Bay captured the girls' Class One high jump with a leap of 1.60m ahead of Morant Bay's Raia James (1.59m) and Jonelle Graham also of Buff Bay (1.50).
Oberlin's Khadijah Oliphant won the girls' Class Two high in 1.65m ahead of Quasi-Ann Green from Buff Bay (1.60m) and Nicole Thompson of Glengoffe (1.50m).