Sunday 15 September, 2019

Digicel Grand Prix: 8 records tumble at Corporate Area Championships

Kingston College's Christopher Seaton clears the bar to break the Boys' Class 3 high jump record on the second and final day of the Corporate Area Championships, the second regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, at the National Stadium on Friday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Kingston College's Christopher Seaton clears the bar to break the Boys' Class 3 high jump record on the second and final day of the Corporate Area Championships, the second regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, at the National Stadium on Friday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Eight meet records were broken in the morning session of the second and final day of the 2018 Corporate Area Championships, the second regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, on Friday at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The top two boys' teams Calabar High and Kingston College (KC) have accounted for new marks.

Calabar High accounted for three of the records, including one from their star athlete Christopher Taylor, who had to dig deep to stave off a fast-finishing KC's Dashawn Chambers in the Boys' Class 1 400 metres, one of the 10 Digicel Grand Prix events.

Taylor clocked 45.84 seconds for the victory, erasing the 48.36 seconds recorded by Kemps Hill High's Marco Doodnaughtsingh in 2016.  Chambers also lowered the previous mark with a 45.93 clocking.

Malik James-King stamped his authority in the Boys' Class 1 400-metre hurdles to hand Calabar High their second record in the session. James-King won the hurdles event in 51.10 seconds to erase his own mark of 52.30 achieved in 2017.

And Calabar's Evaldo Whitehorne outclassed the field to set a new record in the Boys' Class 2 400  metres in 47.41 seconds, beating Shanthamoi Brown of KC, who clocked 48.54. The previous mark was recorded by Calabar High's Anthony Carpenter, who posted 48.89.

One of KC's record came from their impressive Class 2 400-metre hurdler Shanthamoi Brown, who won the Digicel Grand Prix event in 52.66 seconds. The time erased the previous mark of 57.02 set in 2017 by KC's Davion Williams.

Dean Clarke of Calabar High finished second in 52.97, a time which also bettered the previous mark. 

KC's other meet record came from Christopher Seaton, who took the Boys' Class 3 high jump with an effort of 1.80 metres, in another Digicel Grand Prix event. The effort erases  the previous meet record of 1,75 metres, which was held jointly by Devonte Bancroft (2014) and Corey Ottey (2017).

It was a one-two finish for KC with Anthony Willis clearing 1.70 metres for second place. The KC pair beat Calabar High's Xavier Codling, who cleared 1.65 metres.

The other records in the session came from the St Andrew High pair of Janielle Josephs and Kelly Ann Downer and Abigail Blake of Wolmer's Girls

Josephs won the Girls' Class 2 400-metres final in 55.15, a time which erased the 2014 mark of 55.28 recorded by Papine's Tiffany James;  while Downer took the Girls' Class 1 400 metres in 55.24 to erase the previous mark of 56.42 done in 2015 by Dawnalee Loney.

And Blake's record came in the Girls' Class 3 80-metre hurdles, a time final. Blake clocked 11.72 to win section one of the time final in 11.72 seconds, a time which erased the 2016 mark of 11.80 recorded by Excelsior's Ackera Nugent.

Meanwhile, Calabar High and Excelsior High continue to lead the boys and girls' standings.

MALE TEAM SCORES
1. Calabar High (186)
2. Kingston College (171)
3. Jamaica College (100)
4. Wolmer's High (64)
5. Excelsior High (28)
6. Camperdown High (16)
7. Campion College (6)
8. Ardenne High (5)
9. Tivoli Gardens High (3)
10. Gaynstead High (2)

FEMALE TEAM SCORES
1. Excelsior High (166)
2. Wolmer's High (101)
3. Immaculate Conception High (95)
3. The Queens School (95)
5. Camperdown High (81)
6. St Andrew High (77)
7. Convent of Mercy Alpha (42)
8. Campion College (18)
9. Holy Childhood High (15)
10. Ardenne High (12)

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.

The Digicel Grand Prix series has attracted cash prizes.

One again, school teams (boys and girls) will vie for the title of Digicel Grand Prix champion and $1 million each towards gym equipment or development of their school’s training facilities.

There will also be an overall second and third place cash prizes of $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.

Record-breaking athletes at the Grand Prix Finale - the GC Foster Classics at the National Stadium on March 10 - will be rewarded with cash for their schools.

Digicel will pay $25,000 for each championship record and $50,000 for each national junior record.

In addition, Digicel will reward every athlete who qualifies to run at the Grand Prix Finale with $5,000 each for their school. 

There will also be cash prizes for the top three finishers (boys and girls) at each of the four regional meets. First place is guaranteed $250,000, with second getting $100,000 and third place, $50,000.

Coaches will also be rewarded with cash prizes between $20,000 to $50,000.

This year, with SportsMax as the media production partners for all five meets, event content will be even more accessible for the public through live broadcasts and via the Play Go app for track enthusiasts on the go.

GRAND PRIX SERIES
Eastern Champships (February 12 – 13 at National Stadium)
Corporate Championships (February 15 – 16 at National Stadium)
Western Championships (February 13, 15 & 17 at Catherine Hall Sports Complex)
Central Championships (February 20 - 21 at GC Foster College)
Grand Prix Finale - GC Foster Classics - (March 10 at National Stadium)

 

 

 

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