Kingston College (KC) won their second title in three years and 33 overall while Edwin Allen High retained their girls’ crown at the 111th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships on Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston.
KC, which entered the fifth and final day on 201 points, 62.67 ahead of second-place Jamaica College (JC), ended the championships with 372 points, 71.7 clear after the 42 finals were scored to dethrone the Old Hope Road-based school.
JC ended with 300.83 points for their second place. Calabar (170), St Jago High (147), Edwin Allen (95), St Elizabeth Technical (88), Excelsior (56), Wolmer’s (55), Herbert Morrison (35.33), and Manchester High (32) complete the top 10.
Edwin Allen High, which entered the final day on 175 points, 48 ahead of Hydel High in second place, took the girls’ championships with 352 points, 57 clear of second-place Hydel High after the 46 finals were scored to win their eighth straight title and ninth overall.
Hydel High scored 295 points for their second place.
St Jago (249), Holmwood Technical (174), Excelsior (107), St Catherine (83), Wolmer’s (83), Immaculate (76), Vere (53), and Camperdown (38) complete the top 10.
KC won eight gold medals on the day including two relays – the Class Two 4x100m and the sprint medley open.
Edwin Allen secured six gold medals highlighted by their performance in the Class One 4x100m.
The quartet of Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Brandy Hall, and Tia Clayton smashed through the 44-second barrier to stop the clock in 43.28, breaking the previous mark of 44.17 set by an Edwin Allen quartet in 2014.
St Jago finished second in 45.05. Hydel was third in 45.12.
In all, the day produced eight meet records. Another sensational record run came from Hydel High’s Kerrica Hill.
The 17-year-old continued her good form in the 100m hurdles to break the meet record for the second time in two days and the Under-18 world best mark.
Competing in the Class Two final, Hill raced with the field in the early stages but pulled away for an emphatic victory. She stopped the clock at 12.71 seconds to improve on the record.
Hill equalled the record when winning her preliminary round heat in 12.89 seconds on Friday. Fellow Jamaican Ackera Nugent set the Under-18 world best while racing at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic at the National Stadium in 2019.
It was a one-two finish for Hydel as Shania Myers finished second in 13.27 while Asharria Ulett of St Catherine High took third in 13.35.
Hydel girls accounted for three other meet records.
Brianna Lyston broke the Girls’ Class One 200m record to clinch the gold medal.
The 17-year-old proved a cut above the field and powered home in an impressive 22.53 seconds to shatter the previous time of 22.71 set 16 years ago by Simone Facey of Vere Technical.
Kaylia Kelly of Very Technical was second in 23.59. St Jago High’s Shenese Walker finished third in 23.89.
Lyston signalled her intention of something special in the sprint races when she clocked 22.66 seconds in the 200m at the Carifta Trials at the National Stadium and an eye-popping 11.14 seconds in the 100m at the Central Athletic Championships at G.C. Foster College.
The gold medal for Lyston came four days after she lost an epic battle with Tina Clayton in the 100m final, which was run in a negative wind of 2.8 metres per second.
Tina Clayton, the reigning World Under-20 100m champion prevailed in a time of 11.23 seconds. Lyston clocked 11.26.
Lyston secured a second gold medal by anchoring Hydel to victory in the final event on the girls’ side, the 4x400m relay.
Malayia Duncan and Oneka Wilson accounted for the other two Hydel’s meet records.
Duncan won the Class Four 70m hurdles final in 10.38 seconds to surpass the previous record of 10.41 set by Danae Nembhard of St Jago in 2017.
Wilson clocked 13 seconds flat to erase the Girls’ Class One 100m hurdles record of 13.12 set by Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen in 2017.
St Jago’s Camoy Binger secured the other meet record by taking the Class Three 80m hurdles in 10.87 seconds, well ahead of her teammate Bryana Davidson who clocked 11.06.
Crystal Morrison, also of St Jago, set the previous record of 10.98 in 2017.
On the boys’ side, KC and JC accounted for a meet record each.
Aaron McKenzie of KC cleared 2.11m to win the Class Two high jump and erased the previous record of 2.10m set by Christoffe Bryan of Wolmer’s Boys in 2012.
JC’s Zachary Campbell accounted for the Class Two discus throw record. He had a massive throw of 56.49m to erase the previous record of 55.70 set by Romaine Beckford of Buff Bay High in 2018.