Boys and Girls' Championships end on a high

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At the end of five grueling days of competition, where 14 records were broken eight on the boys side and six in the girls category, where false starts and mishaps were aplenty, the tears that flowed and the joys and celebration for others, with the explosive cheering nonstop on the final day, it was Calabar and Edwin Allen who retained their respective titles at the 2015 renewal of the ISSA/ Boys and Girls Championships.

Calabar secured their fourth championship in a row amassing 280.5 points, ahead of Kingston college 265 points, who was predicted to win by two points and Jamaica College third 200, St Jago was fourth with 183 points and Steths fifth 132 points.

While Edwin Allen from Frankfield, Clarendon under Coach Michael Dyke won title number 3, finishing with 321 points, 100 points better than the late surging Hydel on 221 as St Jago was third 219.33, with Holmwood fourth 206 and Vere fifth 136.

Meanwhile Michael O'hara, grabbed his fourth gold medal in total, as he helped Calabar to a new 'champs' and national record in the class 1 boys sprint relay final. The quartet of O' hara, Seanie Selvin, Julani walker and Edward Clarke clocked a shocking 39.08 seconds erasing the old mark of 39.35seconds that they set last year beating Jamaica College into second place in 39.79 seconds ahead of St. Georges College 40.43 seconds.

Grabbing three gold medals was the youth Olympics 200 meters champion Natalliah Whyte of St Jago. She won the 100 meters class one event, and took gold in the 4×100 metres Class 1 and 4×400 meters events.

Edwin Allen's wonder girl Shelece Clarke ended the Championship with three gold medals, as after winning the 100 and 200 metres doubles, she later returned to run on the third leg of Edwin Allen's 4×100 metres class two team, which clocked a new meet record 44.88 seconds to win gold. Thereby, wiping clean the old mark of 45.06 set by Holmwood Technical High School back in 2006. Hydel was second 45.37 with Green Island High snapping up the bronze in 46.37 seconds. Edwin Allen also snatched the gold in the class four relays in a new meet record 46.65 seconds.

Another sensational unbelievable and unforgettable moment of super 'champs' 2015 was the run by 17 year old Akeem Bloomfield a lower sixth form student of Kingston College who blew away the field and stopped the clock at 44.93 seconds to take the gold in the Class 1 boys 400 metres final, and 9 vital points at that staged for KC. Erasing Jevaughn Francis' 45.00 seconds set last year. Bloomfield got home ahead of the St Jago pair of Nathan Allen and Martin Manley 45.30 and 46.61 seconds respectively.

Other noticeable performers of Champs' 2015 were JC's Obrien Waysone in the long and triple jump, St Andrew Technical's Ayesha Champaigne who won the Heptathlon for girls, Jaheel Hyde who ran a new record in the Open 400 metres hurdles, plus the outstanding all round efforts of Hydel girls who were sensational all round and must never be discounted for next year's renewal.

Heading into the final race the 4×400 metres open Calabar just needed to finish ahead of Kingston College and they just did that with the danger man Christopher Taylor on anchor he made no mistake in leading Calabar to gold, and their 24th title overall. The victory coming in a new meet record 3 minutes 06.76 to better the previous best 0f 3.08.31 set by St Jago last year.