Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Action on the blue track and green infield of the National Stadium has sizzled since Tuesday's opening day of the 2013 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
But unlike the first three days where grandstand spectators sat and watched quietly for the most part, action in the stands sprang to life yesterday, as spectators descended on the bleachers' section for the first time.
The purple and white army of Kingston College (KC) and the green and black pocket of soldiers from Calabar were heard before they were seen as they burst on to the scene armed with vuvuzelas, drums and flags.
Apparently inspired by the midday showers which drenched them, the KC supporters marched across to where the Calabar followers were in camp causing those looking on from the grandstand to hold their breaths, given the intense rivalry between the schools.
The act appeared to be in good nature, however, and this was confirmed when Calabar supporters returned the favour and made their way across to the KC section, where the two groups chanted and danced together. This brought applause from grandstand spectators.
Another person who must have been applauding from wherever she was is Sergeant Florene Clarke, divisional coordinator for the Safe Schools Programme, St Andrew Central, and subofficer in charge of community safety, St Andrew Central. The division has been spearheading the Peace for Champs initiative which is into its fifth year.
Calabar are defending boys' champions, a fact not lost on the KC fans as they marched around the stadium, as if trying to break down Jericho's Wall.
KC's neighbours, Convent of Mercy (Alpha Academy), soon joined them to the right of the grandstand, while Wolmer's Boys and Girls joined in, occupying an area to the left of the Calabar contingent.
The stage is set for what promises to be an enthralling final day today, as while Edwin Allen seem on course to easily defending their girls' title, KC and Calabar will be battling for supremacy both on the track and in the stands.
PHOTOS BY Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer