Digicel Grand Prix: St Mary High rule again at Eastern Championship
St Mary High dominated the second and final day of the 2019 Digicel-sponsored Eastern Championship on Tuesday at the National Stadium to retain their title.
Eastern Championship represents the third of four regional meets of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship.
St Elizabeth Technical High and Rusea's High defended their respective girls and boys' titles at Western Championships, the first of the regional meets; while Edwin Allen High and St Jago High also retained their respective titles at Central Championship, the second of the regional meets.
At the end of the two-day Eastern Championship, St Mary High tallied a combined team scores of 691.50 points from the 81 finals to easily beat first-day leaders Buff Bay High into second place by 175.50 points. Buff Bay High compiled a combined 516 points
The top two schools finished well clear of third-place Titchfield High, which ended with 275.50 points. Morant Bay High (257) and Oberlin High (255.66) complete the top five.
St Mary High won both boys and girls' sections this time around unlike last year when Buff Bay High took the boys' section
Of St Mary High combined total of 691.50 points, the female team contributed 436 points to win that category, beating Buff Bay High (291.50 points) by 144.50 points.
Titchfield High (171.50), Morant Bay High (160) and Oberlin High (134.66) compete the top five in the female section.
On the boys’ side, St Mary High tallied 255.50 points for the victory, beating last year’s champions Buff Bay High (224.50) into second place by 31 points.
St Thomas Technical (275.50), Oberlin High (121) and Port Antonio High (120) compete the top five in the boys’ section.
Digicel presented cash prizes to the top three finishers (boys and girls). The boys and girls’ teams of St Mary High were each presented with $250,000 for winning respective titles.
Buff Bay High (girls) and Buff Bay High (boys) walked away with $100,000 each for second place finishes, while Titchfield High (girls) and St Thomas (boys) received $50,000 each for third place finishes.
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 fourth and final regional meet of the series – Corporate Area Development Meet – is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the National Stadium.
The four regional meets act as qualifiers for the Grand Finale/GC Foster Classics on Saturday, March 16.
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.