Calabar, Edwin Allen rule
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
MANY-TIME boys' champions Calabar High and Edwin Allen High dominated their rivals to capture the boys and girls' titles, respectively as the curtain came down on the 2014 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium last evening.
Both schools piled up unassailable leads by mid-afternoon yesterday and were cruising before the sprint relays were run.
Calabar, in lifting their 24th title, ended with 305 points, leaving Kingston College well behind on 208.5. The top six is completed by Jamaica College 190, St Jago 158.5, St Elizabeth Technical 123, and Wolmer's Boys 97.5.
Edwin Allen piled up 337.5 points for their second title, well ahead of St Jago on 263. They were followed by Hydel High 229, Holmwood 211.5, Vere Technical 141, and Wolmer's 89.
Calabar's mass of supporters in the bleachers had a lot to cheer about all afternoon and into late evening. Led by World Championships 4x400m relay silver medallist Javon Francis, Calabar produced a number of quality performances.
Francis brought the Calabar supporters to their feet with a scorching run of 45.00 seconds in the 400 metres to erase Usain Bolt's 45.35 set in 2003. He covered the entire field after 200 metres and the only question, 100 metres out, was, how low would the record go? St Jago's Nathon Allen was second in 46.16 while Lennox Williams of Manchester High took third in 46.48.
The outstanding Class Three athlete, Tyreke Wilson of Calabar, sped to record 21.72 to complete the sprint double. The previous mark of 21.87 was set by KC's Jevaughn Matherson last year. It was a Calabar one-two as 400m record holder Christopher Taylor took silver in 22.24 ahead St Jago's Gary Gordon in 22.72.
The highly anticipated Class One 200m clash between 100m record holder Zharnel Hughes of KC, Bog Walk's Jevaughn Minzie, and the Calabar duo of Francis and Michael O'Hara failed to materialise as Hughes pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.
Minzie won in 20.50 seconds ahead of St Jago's Martin Manley (20.73) and O'Hara in 20.86. Francis injured himself 50 metres out and finished at the back of the field.
Jonielle Smith of Wolmer's won the girls' Class One 200m in 23.45 ahead of Saqukine Cameron of Edwin Allen (23.52) and Sashalee Forbes of Holmwood (23.65).
Wolmer's Jaheel Hyde completed the hurdles double, taking the boys Class One 110m event in a swift 13.53 ahead of JC's Tyler Mason 13.55. STETHS' Marvin Williams finished third in 13.96. Hyde won the 400m hurdles in record time on Friday.
STETHS have a new star in Devon Spencer, who broke the javelin record twice in successive throws. The new mark is 64.08m, breaking Zaavan Richard's mark of 59.66m set last year. Orlando Thomas of KC finished second with 60.29m ahead of Calabar's Adrian Mitchell, 56.14m.
In the Class Three 400m, Christopher Taylor won in 48.80, narrowly missing his own record of 48.72, which he had set in the heats.
STETHS' Satanya Wright captured the girls' equivalent in 54.70 in front of St Catherine's Ann-Kay Wright (55.18) and Abigail Brooks of Hydel (55.53).
The boys and girls' Class One sprint relays were both won in record times.
Edwin Allen's girls crossed the line in 44.17, erasing the old mark of 44.26, which was held by Holmwood. St Jago were second in 46.05 while The Queen's School ended third in 47.39.
Calabar took home the boys' equivalent in 39.35, eclipsing the previous time of 39.78. The top-three schools went under 40 seconds. JC were second in 39.69 and St Jago third in 39.86.
In the Class Three boys 4x100m Calabar's record 41.81 bettered the old mark of 42.36 which was held by KC. JC took the silver in 43.36 ahead of St Jago in 43.95.
In the night's final events, St Jago captured the boys' 4x400m in a record of 3:08.31 ahead of STETHS 3:08.67 and JC 3:09.97.
Edwin Allen won the girls' race in 3:35.70, ahead of Vere 3:37.42, and St Jago 3:38.88.