Sunday 19 August, 2018

Digicel Grand Prix: Janaelia Campbell takes Class 2 sprint double

St Mary High star sprinter Janaelia Campbell (centre) wins the Girls' Class 2 200-metre final, a Digicel Grand Prix Series event, at the Eastern Championships at the National Stadium on Tuesday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

St Mary High star sprinter Janaelia Campbell (centre) wins the Girls' Class 2 200-metre final, a Digicel Grand Prix Series event, at the Eastern Championships at the National Stadium on Tuesday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

St Mary High star sprinter Janaelia Campbell secured the Digicel Grand Prix Girls' Class 2 sprint double on Tuesday's second and final day of the Eastern Championships at the National Stadium.

Eastern Championships is the first of four regional championships in the Digicel Grand Prix Series leading up to the Grand Prix Finale (the GC Foster Classics) on March 10, also at the National Stadium.

Campbell, who won the 100 metres earlier in 12.40 seconds, closed the Girls' Class 2 sprint double in the afternoon session by easily taking the 200 metres in 22.22 seconds.

The two victories mean that Campbell have won the automatic qualifying spots in both age category disciplines from Eastern Championships to the Digicel Grand Prix Finale.

On both occasions Campbell clocked faster times than Oberlin High's Latoya Graham, who took the Class 1 sprint double in 12.75 (100m) and 25.92 seconds (200m).

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.

Meanwhile, Glacian Loutin denied her St Mary High teammate Sydonie McIntosh the Class 3 sprint double by taking the 200 metres in 25.17 seconds, a time which handed her the Digicel Grand Prix automatic qualifying spot in the age category as the Class 4 winner Shara Tomlin, also of St Mary High had recorded a slower time - 26.37 seconds.

The boys' 200-metre automatic qualifiers from the championships went to Aajay Mickel of Port Antonio and Ramaine Haffenden. of Buff Bay High.

Mickel won the Boys' Class 2 200 metres in 23.23 seconds to qualify from the age category, as the Class 3 winner Morant Bay High's Garth McDermoth recorded a slower time, 24.52.

And Haffenden won the Boys' Class 1 200 metres in 22.41 to secure the automatic qualifying spot in that age category from the championships.

The battle for 200m honours

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 Championships (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)