Calabar High and Edwin Allen High’s girls posted an expected victory as an exciting and sometimes tension-filled ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships ended inside the National Stadium stadium lastnight.
Edwin Allen managed to convincingly hold off strong challenges to retain the girls’ title in late afternoon, however the boys’ crowning went down to the final event.
Going into the 4×400 metres, Kingston College, the debated pre-meet favourites, led by four points – 309-305. Calabar, as expected, swept to victory with ace 400 metres sprinter Christopher Taylor on anchor. KC needed to be in at least third to win the title. They ended in fifth.
The National Stadium was turned into a sea of green and black as Calabar finished on 317 points, three ahead of KC, to cop their sixth straight title and 27th title overall. It also extended what was already their longest streak in control of the Mortimer Geddes crown.
The top two were followed by Jamaica College (203), St Jago (157), St Elizabeth Technical (114.50) and Wolmer’s (82).
Edwin Allen retained their girls’ title after comfortably scoring 304.5 points. Hydel finished second with 255, followed by St Jago (246), Holmwood (238), Vere (117.5), Excelsior (113), Wolmer’s (54) and Immaculate (40).
Calabar’s Christopher Taylor was one of the star performers of the meet as he captured the boys Class One 200m, 400m, as well as helping his team to gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events.
Taylor ran his heart out to win the Class One boys 400m as he beat teammate Anthony Carpenter in 46.45 seconds.
Carpenter, who was fifth in the event last year, clocked 46.53, while Kingston College’s Dawshawn Morris was third in 47.18.
The 17-year-old Taylor then returned to capture the Class One 200m in a respectable 20.70. Excelsior’s Andel Miller was second in 20.90, while Taylor’s teammate, Tyreke Wilson, was third in 21.03.
Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson added the Class Two boys 800m title to his 1,500m bronze after a stunning final 100m to edge Kingston College’s Tarees Rhoden on the line in a time of 1:52.49. Rhoden posted 1:52.53, while Munro’s Rushane Fullerton was third in 1:53.31.
KC’s Ugandan athlete Aryamanya Rodgers won the 5000m Open in 15:07.58. Rodgers’ teammate, Shane Buchanan, the steeplechase champion, was second in 15:20.94, while third went to St Elizabeth Technical’s Shemar Salmon in 15:21.56.