Hydel finally dethrones Edwin Allen; Kingston College wins 2 in a row

Girls Championships

Hydel, with great performances from captain Anieka McAnuff and 100M record-breaking runner Alana Reid, and aided by the disqualification of Edwin Allen in the sprint medley that erased 12 points, helped Hydel hang on to a 2 point win.

In the girls class one (1) 100M event, after semi-final runs of 11.16 and 11.17 by Hydel’s Alana Reid and World Junior silver medalist Serena Cole (10.17) of Edwin Allen, the stadium were on “record watch” where the analysts expected Veronica Campbell-Brown’s (VCB) Girls Champs record of 11.13 to go. However, as news came out that Serena’s injury would keep her out of the finals, the questions arose whether it was still “record watch” for the finals.

Alana Reid, running with no pressure, quickly answered that by running away from the field, including a great runner Alexis James, and going sub-11 seconds
to win in 10.92, obliterating VCB’s record and surpassing Tina Clayton’s 9.95 Jamaica Junior record in the event.

 1. Hydel High            279       2. Edwin Allen High      277
 3. Holmwood Technical    202       4. St. Jago High         178
 5. St Catherine High     116       6. Wolmer's Girls School 111   
 7. Immaculate Conception  94       8. Excelsior High         74.5   
 9. St Elizabeth Tech      45.5    10. Mount Alvernia High    39
11. Alphansus Davis High   38      12. Vere Technical         34.5
13. St. Mary High          34.5    14. Camperdown High        30
15. Clarendon College      29      16. Manchester High        20
17. Petersfield High       16      18. Holy Childhood High    16
19. William Knibb          14      20. Lacovia High           14

Boys Championships

Kingston College, leading by 30 points going into day 5 were never threatened and extended their lead nicely. Captain Bouwahghie Nkrumie, in his final year, broke the 100M record twice and became the first Jamaican junior (under 20) runner to go sub-10 seconds with a 9.99 sec clocking in the finals of the class one (1) 100M.

 1. Kingston College      366       2. Jamaica College     299
 3. Calabar High          207       4. St Jago             118.5
 5. St. Elizabeth Tech    116       6. Edwin Allen High     65
 7. Wolmer's Boys School   60.5     8. Excelsior High       57
 9. Maggotty High          46      10. Cornwall College     31
11. Petersfield High       27      12. Herbert Morrison     22
13. St George's College    19      14. St. Catherine High   18
15. St. Mary High          17      16. Clarendon College    15
17. Willian Knibb          13      18. Titchfield High      11
19. Munro College          10      20. B.B. Coke High        9


Congratulations to all the athletes, from class 4 to class 1 on girls side and class 3 to class 1 on the boys side, their coaches, parents / guardians, and supporters. It is a reminder of how hard work and good planning pays off. It’s the same with sports as it is in education.

Special congrats to the record breaking performances, and the many international students who decided to attend school in Jamaica and represent their school [ and countries ] at these events. This includes regional countries like the Cayman Islands and Trinidad & Tobago, to countries like Kenya.

Jamaica’s Future in Track & Field

The Jamaican track and field future looks bright as ever for the girls / women. However, for the first time, after seeing youngsters like Ackeem Blake and Oblique Seville, and the hurdling success at the senior levels, with runners like Nkrumie, Jamaica’s men’s track and field future looks bright again.

How do you feel about 2023’s Boys and GIrls Championships? Talk to me nuh!


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