New season of Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship now underway
The combination of photos show Justin Morin, chief executive officer for Digicel Jamaica with athletes from Calabar (left) and Edwin Allen, displaying their cheques, after the schools won the fourth staging of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship in 2018 at the National Stadium.
The second day of the three-day County of Cornwall Athletics Association/Digicel Western Championships will take place on Thursday at Rusea's High in Lucea with the girls' eliminations.
Fifteen finals, all the throw and jump events, are scheduled for the day, which starts at 9:00 am.
The day will also feature the opening round and semi-finals of the sprint hurdles, 100m and 200m.
Rusea's High have won the girls' title for the last two years.
The boys' elimination took place on Tuesday's opening day at Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay with Petersfield High taking the early lead after 11 finals.
The Westmoreland-based school has amassed 99.50, just 8.5 points ahead of defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) - 91 points - heading into the final day, which will be staged at G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town on Saturday. Cornwall College are third with 74 points.
Western Championships marks the opening meet of the 2019 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which is now in its fifth year.
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 other three regional meets are:
* Central Championship (Tuesday, February 26 & Wednesday, February 27) at G C Foster College
* Eastern Championship (Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5) at the National Stadium
* Corporate Area Development Meet (Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9) at the National Stadium
The four regional meets act as qualifiers for the Grand Finale/GC Foster Classics on 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 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 Athletics Championship has attracted cash prizes.
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.
Calabar High and Edwin Allen are the defending boys and girls' champions of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship.