Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Calabar clock world high school record in 4x400m relay

Three members of Calabar High's 4x400-metre relay team which clocks a world high school record at the Corporate Area Championships at the National Stadium on Friday. They are (from left) Malik James-King, Christopher Taylor and Shemar Chambers. Missing is  Anthony Carpenter. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Three members of Calabar High's 4x400-metre relay team which clocks a world high school record at the Corporate Area Championships at the National Stadium on Friday. They are (from left) Malik James-King, Christopher Taylor and Shemar Chambers. Missing is Anthony Carpenter. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Calabar High's 4x400-metre relay team turned in an awesome performance in the final event of the 2018 Corporate Area Championships, the second regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, to shatter the meet record at the National Stadium on Friday.

The quartet of Anthony Carpenter, Christopher Taylor, Shemar Chambers and Malik James-King clocked an eye-popping 3 minutes 05.04 seconds to erase their previous meet record of 3 minutes 14:75 seconds set in 2017.

The time also represents the fastest ever recorded by a Jamaican High school team and is also a world high school record.

Jamaica College set the previous Jamaican high school record 21 years ago at the Mutual Life Game at the National Stadium. The quartet of Rudolph Mighty, Edward Clarke, Carl McPherson and Rupert Eldemire clocked 3 minutes 06.56 seconds then to set the record.

With Kingston College (KC) failing to show for the final, Calabar High were unchallenged throughout and won by a huge gap. Excelsior finished in second place in 3 minutes 16.28 seconds, while Papine ended third in 3 minutes 22.49 seconds.

The 4x400-metre relay is one of the 10 Digicel Grand Prix events.

The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is a five-series development meet for high schools, which comprises four regional meets and a Grand Finale - the GC Foster Classics - at the National Stadium on March 10.

The 10 Digicel Grand Prix events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 400m hurdles, medley relay, long jump, high jump, discus and 4x400m.

For the Grand Prix Series, athletes are placed in two age categorie. For the males (Class 1 athletes compete in one age category, while Class 2 and Class 3 athletes compete in the other age category) and for females (Class 1 and 2 compete in one age category and Class 3 and 4 in the other age category).

This means that only the fastest time in a Grand Prix event in each age category at each of the four regional meets automatically qualify for the Grand Finale. As a result, the four automatic winners in each of the 10 Digicel Grand Prix event from the four regional meets will be joined by the next four best to compete in the Grand Prix Finale.

 

 

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