Edwin Allen, St. Jago take Digicel Grand Prix titles

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February 22, 2016
Kamal Powell (centre) senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel is caught in the middle of the Edwin Allen High School celebrations after being declared female winners of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship. Contributed

Edwin Allen girls and St. Jago boys were the big winners, taking the champion school titles for the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship which came to an end at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday, February 20.

Edwin Allen retained the girls' title they won in 2015, finishing with 215 points, ahead of Holmwood Technical on 153, while St Jago boys tallied 234 points to finish ahead of Calabar with 164.

Michael Dyke, head coach of the Edwin Allen girls' team credited proper planning for retaining the tile.

"Based on our experience with the Grand Prix after winning last year we were able to properly distribute our athletes across the events and the meets. This victory will help us to continue to enhance the track and field programme at Edwin Allen," he said

Gary Walsh, coach of the St. Jago boys team is happy with the boost that the school's track and field team will get from their outstanding performance.

"Winning the Digicel Grand Prix is a big boost to our confidence, especially for the athletes who will be performing at the Championships in another two weeks. But more importantly, the money that we've won is going to go a far way in helping us to prepare ourselves, get additional equipment for our gym and so on," he said.

previous best

Meanwhile, five new records were established at the Grand Prix final, which was staged during the G.C. Foster Classics.

Sanique Walker of Vere clocked 55.17 seconds to win the Girls Under 17 400m, lowering the previous best of 55.77.

Edwin Allen's Shannon Kalawan set a new meet record 53.19 seconds in the Under 20 Girls 400m, lowering the previous record of held by Sashene Gayle.

Excelsior High's Shanice Love continued her march through the Girls Under 20 discus, throwing a new meet record 50.39m to win the event, and improving the old record 45.16m thrown by Shadae Lawrence of Hydel last year.

Fiona Richards, who was second, also improved on the record with a distance of 45.36m.

Kimone Reid of Edwin Allen threw a new record 38.08 metres to win the Girls Under 17 discus, bettering the previous distance of 34.59m set by Vere's Avery Pryce last year.

Shevan Parks of Bellefield clocked a new record in the Boys Under 20 800m, coming in at 1:52.73, lowering the previous mark of 1:55.89 held by Kingston College's Chad Miller.

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