Digicel Grand Prix: KC and XLCR rule at Corporate Area Champs
The combination of photos show athletes from Kingston College (left) and Excelsior High posing with their symbolic cheques after the schools won the boys and girls' titles at the Digicel Corporate Area Championships, at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Digicel regional communications manager Elon Parkinson is at left. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).
Kingston College (KC) and Excelsior High easily won the boys and girls' titles at the 2019 Corporate Area Championship, the fourth and final regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The two-day championship produced 38 meet records, of which 24 came on the final day, and KC featured heavily in those moments with eight records on Saturday.
In topping the male team scores, KC in the process dethroned the 2018 champions Calabar High, while Excelsior High defended their girls’ title.
KC piled up 446 points from the 40 finals, 94 clear of second-place Calabar High, which finished with 352 points. Jamaica College (341), Excelsior High (123) and Wolmer's High (104) round off the top five in the male team scores.
Excelsior won the girls' championship with 314.50 points from the 41 finals, 82 ahead of second-place Immaculate Conception High, which ended on 232.50 points. The Queens School (194), Wolmer's High (171) and Convent of Mercy Academy (139.50) complete the top five.
Digicel presented cash prizes to the top three finishers (boys and girls). KC and Excelsior were each presented with $250,000.
Immaculate Conception High (girls) and Calabar High (boys) walked away with $100,000 each for second place finishes, while The Queens School (girls) and JC (boys) received $50,000 each for third place finishes.
Of KC's eight records on the day, star jumper Wayne Pinnock featured in one on his way to a double victory.
Pinnock soared over eight-metre to record 8.10m in the Boys' Class 1 long jump final but the tailwind of 2.7mps denied him the meet record. Pinnock's teammate Shacquille Lowe touched down at 7.75m (0.7 mps) for second place and the meet record. The previous meet record of 7.29m was done by schoolmate Carey McLeod in 2017.
The 1-2 finish handed KC 16 points. Excelsior High's Tevin Thompson (7.36m) ended third and also bettered the previous record.
Pinnock had earlier achieved a meet record in the Boys' sprint hurdles, an area where KC also scored heavily by winning two of the three classes.
KC also scored 16 points in the Boys’ Class 1 110m hurdles final courtesy of a 1-2 finish. That final was contested over two sections
Pinnock easily won Section 2 of the Boys' Class 1 100m hurdles final in a new meet record time of 13.46 seconds, beating Excelsior High’s Leonard Daley (14.56), who finished third overall. Pinnock’s 13.46- clocking erased the previous record of 13.63 set by Calabar High’s Orlando Bennett in 2018.
KC’s Akeem Cargill had earlier outclassed the field in Section 1 with a 13.95-clocking to secure second place overall. JC’s Tarjmaar Miller (15.08) came home second in that section, a time which handed him fifth overall.
The North Street-based school had earlier secured 14 points in the Boys’ Class 3 100m hurdles final, which was also contested in two sections, as a result of a victory and a fourth-place finish.
Amontae Wray won Section 1 in 13.69, the fastest time over the two sections to hand KC nine points. JC’s Jayd’n Johnson (13.86), who was well beaten by Wray, had the second fastest time overall.
Antwan James (14.46), who finished second behind JC’s Mathew Malcolm (14.38) in Section 2, handed KC the other four points for fifth place overall.
KC also had a 1-2 finish in the Boys' Class 2 400m hurdles for 16 points. Jayden Brown won the event in 52.78, beating his teammate Rayon Campbell, who clocked 52.98.
JC dominated the 100m with victory in three of the four classes, while KC secured the other title.
As expected KC won the Boys’ Class 2 100m title. Terrique Stennett took victory in 10.83 seconds to beat JC’s Deondre McIntosh (10.94) into second place. Stennett’s teammate Bouwahjgie Nkrumie finished third in 11.06, well ahead of the Calabar pair of Dishaun Lamb (11.26) and David Thomas (11.33).
Mark-Anthony Miller began the 100m domination for JC with a close victory in the Boys’ Class 4 final. Miller came home in 11.73 seconds to beat Camperdown High’s Jason Lewis (11.77) into second place. The top two finished well clear of third-place Clan Carthy High’s Jason Bullens (12.20).
Christopher Scott, who shattered the Boys’ Class 3 100m meet record with an 11.13-clocking in the preliminary round on Friday, as expected won the final although clocking 11.20, well below the record time. KC’s Amontae Wray (11.59) got the better of Camperdown High’s Junior Harris (11.60) for second place.
Michali Everett secured JC’s third victory in the short sprint. Everett won the Boys’ Class 1 100m final in 10.66, well clear of Calabar High’s Michael Stephens (10.84) and Wolmer’s Boys’ Xavier Nair (10.90).
Miller and Scott went on to complete sprint doubles later in the day.
Miller completed his sprint double with a comfortable victory in the Boys' Class 4 200m. Miller crossed the line in a new meet record of 23.33 seconds to erase the previous record of 23.62 seconds set by JC's Christopher Scott in 2018. KC's Dushawn Grant finished second in 23.51 to also better the previous meet record.
Scott completed his sprint double with an easy victory in the Boys' Class 3 200m. He won the race in 22.74, well clear of Camperdown High's Junior Harris (23.49) and Calabar High's Omario Henry (23.58).
On the girls’ side, Immaculate Conception High secured 1-2 finishes in two of the four 100m classes.
Tony-Ann Bryan (12.86) and Kennice Marriott (12.93) finished first and second in the Girls’ Class 4 100m final, while Onanda Lowe clocked 12.24 to easily beat her teammate Gabrielle Lyn (12.54) into second place in Class 3 to complete a double victory. Lowe had earlier won the Girls' Class 3 long jump with an effort of 5.54m.
Campion College’s Krystal Sloley (12.05) got the better of Immaculate Conception High’s Hughasia Fyffe (12.07) to win the Girls’ Class 2 100m; while Camperdown High’s Britany Anderson (12.11) beat Immaculate Conception High’s Shantelle Riley (12.31) to secure victory in Class 1.
Excelsior High, on their way to the girls' title, featured in three meet records on the day.
Ackera Nugent, the Girls' Class 2 4x100m relay team and the Girls' 4x400m relay open team secured the meet records for Excelsior High
Nugent achieved the first meet record for Excelsior High on the day by taking the Girls' 400m hurdles open final in 59.80 seconds to erase the previous record of 1:03.23 set by St Andrew High's Michka-Mae Hyde in 2018. Second-place Shenell Tucker of Convent of Mercy Academy also improved on the previous meet record with 1:02.45 clocking.
In the Girls' Class 2 4x100m relay, Excelsior High won easily in 46.56 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 47.22 seconds set by Wolmer's in 2015. The Queens School (47.46) and Convent of Mercy Academy (47.52) finished second and third.
Excelsior High also had an easy victory in the Girls' 4x400m relay open. The Excelsior quartet completed the course in 3:49.01 to erase the previous meet record of 3:49.66 set by The Queens School in 2017. St Andrew High (3:51.68) and Convent of Mercy Academy (4:00.04) finished second and third.
Calabar High ended the championship by breaking their own meet record in the Boys' 4x400m relay open. Christopher Taylor anchored the Red Hills Road-based school home as they completed the course in 3:10.77 seconds to better their previous record of 3:14.75 done in 2017.
KC finished second in 3:11.71 to also improve on the previous meet record. Third-place Excelsior High (3:12.45) and fourth-place JC (3:12.46) also dipped below the previous record.
The night belonged to KC and Excelsior
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 G.C. Foster Classic on Saturday, March 16.
The four regional meets act as qualifiers for the Grand Finale/GC Foster Classics.
The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship comprises 10 events. The events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, 4x400m, medley relay and 400m hurdles.
For the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, athletes are placed in two age categories. 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/GC Foster Classics. As a result, the four automatic winners in each of the 10 Digicel Grand Prix events from the four regional meets will be joined by the next four best to compete in the Grand Prix Finale.