Calabar and Edwin Allen retained their respective boys and girls’ titles at the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/ GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside a rocking National Stadium last night, with contrasting effort.
Edwin Allen were quite comfortable in winning their second straight title and third in four years, but the race for the Mortimer Geddes Trophy went into the night, with the Calabar Lions coming out on top of their storied rivals from North Street.
Michael O’Hara was the star for the Red Hills Road-based Calabar, adding the Boys’ Class One 200m and 110m hurdles titles to the 100m crown he won on Friday night.
O’Hara got the better of Youth Olympics champion Jaheel Hyde in their much-anticipated clash in the 110m hurdles final, extending his record of never losing to the Wolmer’s man.
Still, the highlight of the championships must be Akeem Bloomfield’s mind-shattering run in the 400m. The 17-year-old carved his name into the record books with one of the greatest performances ever witnessed at Champs, becoming the first Jamaican junior to dip below 45 seconds to set a new national junior record, 44.93, in the Class One boys 400m. Bloomfield’s time is also the second fastest on the planet this year and the 11th fastest in history by a junior athlete.
St. Andrew Technical’s Ayesha Champagnie also bothered the record keeper, posting 14.27m to win ahead of last year’s winner and former record holder Rochelle Frazer (Edwin Allen), 14.01m, and Edwin Allen’s Janell Fullerton was third with 13.50m.
Joanne Reid (St Jago), 24.21, and Kevona Davis (Edwin Allen), 24.23, both dipped below the old Class Four girls 200m record (24.28), with Shakeira Bowra (St Catherine), 25.23, taking third.
Lushane Wilson (St Jago) equalled the Class Two boys high jump record with a 2.10m clearance. Cornwall’s Kobe-Jordan Rhooms, 2.00m, was second with KC’s Tavar Slowley, 1.90m.
Calabar ended their championships in style, setting a new record in the Class One 4x100m with an amazing 39.08 record as Jamaica College, 39.79, and St George’s, 40.43 battled for the other top spots.