André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaica College are still out in front but Kingston College and defending champions Calabar High are breathing down their necks as the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships comes to a broil inside the National Stadium today!
It was never going to be an easy task upstaging the 100 metres spectacle at the championships but that's exactly what Kingston College pair Omar McLeod and Jhevaughn Matherson did with impressive record-breaking runs.
The 100m finals were however, worth every bit of hype associated with them in the build-up to the championships with Munro's Delano Williams blazing to a 10.28 run in the Class One final, winning ahead of teammate Senoj-Jay Givans, 10.45 and Green Island's Odail Todd.
Is he the best all round sprinter seen at Champs since Yohan Blake?
"That's for everyone else to determine. Am I the best? I'm just happy I was able to defend my title in my last year at this amazing championships," Williams offered.
When the smoke cleared, Jamaica College on (115 points) were sitting on top of the pile with Kingston College (113) and defending Champions Calabar (110) rounding out the top three after 17 finals and with everything to fight for on today's final day inside the National Stadium.
Class Three 200m record holder Jhevaughn Matherson (KC) was just as menacing in the 100m, breaking the record in the semi-final with a 10.85 run before equalling the old mark of 10.86 in the final to win ahead of Tyreke Wilson (Calabar), 11.01 and KC's Yashawn Hamilton, 11.36.
Calabar's Michael O'Hara was also in a no-nonsense mood in the Class Two final, winning in 10.56 ahead of Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 10.71 and Waseem Williams (JC), 10.82.
Class One long jump champion Clive Pullen (KC) won the triple jump in a record 15.83m, removing the old mark of 14.84m set in qualifying.
However, the night and day for that matter truly belonged to McLeod, who became the first local 'schoolers' to run sub-50 seconds in the 400m hurdles, winning the final in a mind-boggling 49.98 seconds.
Long before the jumping crowds and in a light drizzle, McLeod, who last year transferred from Manchester High's cool environs to the competitive furnace of the North Street giants, also took his 110m hurdles semi-final in a national junior record, 13.42; erasing Keiron Stewart's 2007 mark of 13.49 set in 2007.
The frightening thing was that the 18-year-old national junior representative, who was helped by a legal +1.7 wind factor, seemed to have a few gears in reserve with this afternoon's final set to serve up even more fireworks.
McLeod will be pushed all the way to the line by last year's silver medallist Yanick Hart (Wolmer's), 13.61, who was accompanied to the tape by Jamaica College's Tyler Mason, 13.62, as they exchanged a few glances in their semi-final clash.
Calabar struck twice in the 1500m, Jorel Bellafonte, 3:48.78, winning in Class One with Orville Dixon, 4:08.17, taking top honours in Class Two.
The Class Three 1500m was won in championship record time; St Elizabeth Technical's Jauavney James obliterating Dixon's old mark of 4:17.27, to win in 4:14.51.
Calabar's Alex Robinson won the Class Three boys' long jump with a personal best 6.48m ahead of Wolmer's Dameon Creary, 6.40m and JC's Johni Campbell, 6.09m.
Today's Class One 400m is another must see event with IAAF World Youth Championships finalist Javon Francis (Calabar) and Manchester's Lennox Williams already drawing swords.
Both gentlemen signalled their intention, registering the same time; 47.82 in their respective semi-finals after comfortable wins.
In Class Two, the medals should come from among; Jaheel Hyde, 47.93, Malcolm Campbell, 48.56, Devaughn Baker, 48.99, Martin Manley, 48.71 and, Dontre'd Williams, 49.54 - all of whom secured their spots in the final
The meet record for the Class One girls 100 metres hurdles, 13.68 seconds, was set in 2001 by St Jago's Melainie Walker.
Munro College's Delano Williams (left) storming to victory in 10.28 seconds to take the Class One boys 100 metres final at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships last night. Williams won ahead of his teammate Senoj-Jay Givans (second left), 10.49 and Green Island's Odail Todd (not in photograph), 10.49. Wolmer's Boys' Raheem Robinson (second right) was fourth in 10.50. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer