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Hot John Mills hunt 18th straight title

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

The 34th staging of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Hi-Lyte-sponsored All-Age and Junior High Schools' Athletics Championships will run off today at the National Stadium, starting at 8 a.m.

Over 1,100 athletes from 26 schools are down to participate in the two-day championships, for which John Mills are the defending champions.

John Mills, who are actually seeking their 18th straight hold on the trophy, are expected to face stiff competition from last year's runners-up, Windward Road, along with Central Branch, Calabar, Highgate, Constant Spring, Dallas and newcomers Beulah.

Ransford Spaulding, coach of John Mills, said his team is confident of victory.

Expecting victory

"I expect my school to win because we are all very confident and raring to go," said Spaulding. "However, we are expecting some keen challenges from the likes of Windward Road, Calabar (All-Age) and Central Branch, but at the end of the day, I am pretty confident we will come out on top," he added.

The championships is being sponsored by energy drink manufacturers Hi-Lyte for the first time.

Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS, said he is very thankful to Hi-Lyte for their sponsorship, because the championships is going to be very exciting.

"I am pleased and overwhelmed by the fact that we are able to continue this competition, despite adverse conditions that have been affecting us as it relates to funds," said Andrews.

"We are going to have a very exciting meet, because the coaches have prepared their athletes well and I know that they are ready to compete in this championships," Andrew said.