Kingston College (KC) and Edwin Allen are on track to win the respective titles at the 2022 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.
At the end of the fourth and penultimate day of action, both schools increased their respective leads.
After 21 finals, KC sit at the top of the points standings with 201 points, 62.67 points clear of second-place – the reigning champions Jamaica College on 138.33 points, and the ‘Purples’ should easily win their second title in three years and 33 overall.
Calabar (78), St Jago High (67), and Edwin Allen High (43) round out the top five.
On the girls’ side, Edwin Allen look set to continue their reign but will be well aware that there is still work to be done on the final day.
The girls from Frankfield currently enjoy a 48-point lead in the standings with 175 points. Hydel High are in second place with 127 points. St Jago High (109), Holmwood Technical (77), and Excelsior High (49) complete the top five.
KC won gold medals in three of the six boys’ finals on the day to pile up the pressure on JC.
Seventeen-year-old Jaydon Hibbert with an effort of 16.66 metres erased the Boys’ Class One triple jump mark of 16.39 metres set by JC’s Obrien Wasome in 2016. It was the second gold medal for the World Under-20 triple jump silver medallist and NACAC Under-18 gold medallist who won the long jump title on Wednesday.
Rajaun Ricketts of JC took the silver medal with an effort of 15.11 metres while his teammate Stafon Roach won the bronze with 15 metres.
Both KC and JC took 13 points from the event.
Jafar Moore and Gianni Henry secured the other gold medals for KC.
Moore confirmed his status as the best schoolboy pole vaulter with a winning leap of 4.10 metres.
JC had to settle for the runner-up spot again as Nicholai Blossom, produced 3.60 metres to claim the silver medal, with Mark Phillips of Wolmer’s Boys’ School taking bronze scaling 3.40 metres.
KC secured 11 points from the event as Courtney Hachard (3.00m) finished seventh for two points. JC walked away with 10 points.
Henry decimated the field to win the Boys’ 2000-metre steeplechase gold in 6:10.78 minutes as JC’s Nellie Ambriton (6:25.33) did well to finish second. Third went to St Jago’s Jalen Brown in 6:30.76 minutes.