Fireworks expected at Gibson McCook Relays

February 25, 2017
File Calabar's Dejour Russell (centre) pilotting his team to victory in the Class Two 4x100 metres at the Gibson-McCook Relays last year.
Ricardo Makyn/Multi Media Photo Editor Edwin Allen at the PUMA JAAA Development meet held at the Kirkvine Sportsclub field on Saturday 16.1.2016
@Normal:Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College celebrates after his team won the Class One boys' 4x200 metres at last year's Gibson McCook Relays.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Ashley Williams (left) raises the baton in triumph as she leads Holmwood Technical's 4x400m Girls Open team to victory at last year's Gibson McCook Relays. At right is St. Elizabeth Technical's Junelle Bromfield who finished second.
File St Elizabeth Technical's (STETHS) Nigel Ellis anchors His team to victory in the 4x400 metres open last year. New champions will be crowned in the event this year as STETHS will not compete today.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer It's a close one as Javon Francis (second left) anchors Akan Track Club to victory in the men's 4x400 metres at Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
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Fireworks are expected when action at the 31st staging of the Gibson McCook Relays gets under way today at the National Stadium.

High school athletes will seek psychological advantages over their main rivals going into next month's ISSA-Grace Kennedy Boys & Girls' Athletic Championships.

Calabar High, Kingston College and Jamaica College are expected to dominate the action among the boys while Edwin Allen High and Holmwood Technical will rule in the girls' events.

STAR Sports picks its top three in selected events.

BOYS

Class One 4x100m

After mishaps in the final last year, both Kingston College and Calabar will be hoping to finish the event this time around. With most members of last year's powerful Class Two team to make their debut in Class One all eyes will be on the Red Hills Road-based Calabar.

Without ace runner Christopher Taylor they cruised to victory in 40.38 seconds at the Camperdown Classic and are the fastest qualifiers.

Kingston College, defending champions Jamaica College, St Jago, Excelsior and Wolmer's Boys' will be hoping to upset here.

Top Three

1. Calabar

2. Jamaica College

3. Kingston College

Class Two 4x100m

In his first season at Wolmer's Boy's School, former St. Jago High head coach Danny Hawthorne has impressed already at the Heroes Circle-based school. His team has shown good all round performances, especially in Class Two which is led by the vastly improved Jeremy Farr. At the Camperdown Classic they won the sprint relay in 41.65 seconds. However, they must be wary of a pumped up Jamaica College team that finished second behind them in 41.79.

Top Three

1. Wolmer's Boys

2. Jamaica College

3. Kingston College

Class Three 4x100m

With two of the fastest athletes in this class in Tarique Stennett and Javain Johnson there is no stopping defending champions Kingston College. They had baton problems on their second exchange at the Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay but were still able to score a close win over St. Elizabeth Technical in 44.46 seconds. Winners at the Camperdown Classics , St. Jago with 44.10 seconds over a Kingston College 'B' team (44.17) are coming for an upset here, however.

Top Three

1. Kingston College

2. St Jago

3. Calabar

4x400m Open

New champions will be crowned. Defending champions, St Elizabeth Technical the season leaders in the event with 3:13. 72 will be absent. Calabar will start favourites with the likes of Anthony Carpenter and Akeem Francis. Milo Western Relays winners Kingston College with a 3:14.74 clocking along with Western Championships runners-up Petersfield (3:13.97), Jamaica College and St. Jago should all make this a humdinger of an event.

Top Three

1. Calabar

2. Kingston College

3. Petersfield

4x800m

Like the 4x400 metres, there will also be new champions here with last year's winners STETHS not defending their crown. This looks a two-way fight between Kingston College, the most dominant team this season in the event and last year's runners-up St Jago who with their strong team of half milers should win and make up for last year's second place finish.

1. St Jago

2. Kingston College

3. Jamaica College

GIRLS

Class One 4x100m

It will be Edwin Allen versus the clock here as their quartet led by Patrice Moody is the only team under 45 seconds so far this season after a 44.84 seconds clocking at the Milo Western Relays. They should go even faster this time around.

Top Three

1. Edwin Allen

2. Holmwood

3. St Jago

Class Two 4x100m

Milo Western Relays winners Holmwood Technical along with Camperdown Classic champions St Jago High with the duo of Shaniel English and Kimone Shaw are the top two here, but Vere Technical, led by the versatile Britany Anderson could spring a surprise.

Top Three

1. St Jago

2. Holmwood

3. Vere

Class Three 4x100m

Edwin Allen looks a cinch here and should easily take this one.

1. Edwin Allen

2. Hydel

3. St Jago

4x400m Open

This one is expected to be close with the leading contenders being defending champions Holmwood, St Jago, Edwin Allen and Vere. Following their good win at the Milo Western Relays with a season leading 3:40.91 the defending champions should prevail here.

Top Three

1. Holmwood

2. St Jago

3. Hydel

4x800m

A two-way fight between defending champions Edwin Allen and Holmwood is expected. However, with their good form this season and two victories so far over Edwin Allen, the Christiana-based Holmwood look set to maintain the 2017 dominance over their rivals.

Top Three

1. Holmwood

2. Edwin Allen

3. Spaulding

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