St Mary dominate Digicel Eastern Champs

Buff Bay High’s Shena Turnbull produces a leap of 5.18m to win the Class 1 long jump.Garfield Robinson

St Mary High regained the Digicel Eastern Athletics Championships combined title by 67.5 points following a powerful surge in the final day at the Usain Bolt track, at UWI Mona Campus yesterday. St Mary High finished with 717.5 points, ahead of day one leaders Buff Bay High (650 points). Many-time ... Read More

Photo: Digicel Pic of the Meet
Shevaun Bailey (left) anchors Buff Bay High to victory in the Class 2 Boys 4x100m relay in 45.29 sec ... Read More

Digicel’s Sponsorship and Development Manager Kamal Powell (right) hands over the trophy to members of the St Mary High School after they won the Combined team title at the Digicel Eastern Championships yesterday. (Garfield Robinson) Photo: Eastern champions
Digicel’s Sponsorship and Development Manager Kamal Powell (right) hands over the trophy to me ... Read More

Javon Francis celebrates after running  a splendid anchor leg, taking Akan Track Club from third to first, winning the men’s 4x400m relay in 3:06.22 minutes at the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Francis targets 400m final at World Championships
Javon Francis, Jamaica’s top male quarter-miler, says he will not get distracted trying to cha ... Read More

Buff Bay ahead

By Howard Walker Senior staff reporter | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Camesha Collard of Morant Bay High steps over the bar to win the Class Four high jump with a leap of 1.40m at the Digicel Eastern Championships at the Usain Bolt track yesterday. (Lionel Rookwood)

Buff Bay High School grabbed a stranglehold of both the boys’ and girls’ sections after day one of the Digicel Eastern Championships held at the UWI Usain Bolt Track at The University of the West Indies, Mona campus yesterday. Entering today’s second and final day, Buff Bay High girls are out front with 132 points after 12 finals, establishing a 36-point advantage over St Mary’s High with 96 points. Titchfield High are third on 59 points, just ahead of Morant Bay High o ... Read More

Gibson/McCook Relays

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Members of the winning Racers 4x100m team that established a world-leading 38.59 seconds, (from left) Jason Rogers of St Kitts and Nevis, Jevaughn Minzie, Yohan Blake and Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain.

Results Event 1 Boys’ 4x400-Metre Relay HS OPEN Sponsor: PURE PROTEIN CHAMPIONSHIP Meet Record: 3:07.00 CALABAR HIGH 2014 1 Kingston College 3:12.01 2 St Jago High 3:12.03 3 Edwin Allen High 3:13.14 4 Petersfield High 3:13.59 Event 2 Men’s 4x400-Metre Relay CLUBS Sponsor: GRACE FOODS CHAMPIONSHIP Meet Record: 3:03.18 UTech 2015 1 Akan Track Club 3:06.22 2 G C Striders 3:06.71 3 Mico Teachers College 3:07.32 4 Sprint Tec 3:07.82 Event 3 Gir ... Read More

Racers impress

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Monday, February 27, 2017    

Pelicans’ Todea Key Willis lands in the pit during the long jump with a wind-aided 6.66m (3.0m/s) on her way to victory 41st Puma Gibson McCook Relays inside the National Stadium on Saturday. (Bryan Cummings)

Former World Championships 100m gold medallist Yohan Blake anchored his Racers Track Club team to a world-leading 38.59 seconds to win the men’s 4x100m relay on Saturdays’ 41st staging of the Puma Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium. Three world-leading times were set with teams from Sprint Tec responsible for two of them — the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m, while Pelicans’ sprinter Emmanuel Callender just missed the men’s 100m mark. The Racers team of ... Read More

Athletes from the East ready to show their best

Monday, February 27, 2017    

PARCHMENT…one of the outstanding athletes to emerge from the Eastern Champs (PEDRO UGARTE)

Arch-rivals St Mary High and Buff Bay High are again expected to fight for the title at the second meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series, the Eastern Championships, at the Usain Bolt/UWI Track today. The head coach of Titchfield High, Julian Ivy, welcomes the Digicel Grand Prix initiative, calling it “a wonderful idea”. He said: “Most of the schools in the Eastern region are really strapped for cash.” Continuing, Ivy informed, “The eastern region i ... Read More

Eastern Champs makes comeback with Digicel

Monday, February 27, 2017    

The Digicel head office
in downtown Kingston

Last year, high school athletes from out East never got the chance to compete at their decades-long track and field regional showground, the Eastern Championships. Thanks to Digicel, the highly anticipated event makes a bigger and better return in the lucrative 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series. “I’m elated that Digicel is on board because if they weren’t we couldn’t have the championships,” noted Richard Thompson, chairman of the Eastern Secondary Schools ... Read More

Bullish KC

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Kingston College’s Tyreke Bryan (left) accepts the baton from teammate Jhevaughn Matterson on the final leg of the Class One 4x100m relay final at the 41st Gibson McCook Relays inside the National Stadium yesterday. (Bryan Cummings)

Kingston College (KC) and Edwin Allen High girls once again showcased their prowess with dominant displays at the 41st staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium yesterday. In an unprecedented achievement, KC swept all four 4x100m relays from Class One to Class Four, while Edwin Allen captured two of the four sprint relays up to press time with the 4x200, the 4x400 and the 4X800m Open to be contested. The Jhevaughn Matterson-led KC dipped below the 40-second barrier, clockin ... Read More

Gibson/McCook Relays promises to excite ‘Stadium’ faithful

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter | Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Kingston College runners (right) and their Wolmer’s Boys’ counterparts execute the baton exchange in Class Three action at the Gibson McCook Relays last year. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

It’s all set and go for the 41st staging of the prestigious Gibson McCook Relays inside the National Stadium today. Action is et to start at 9:00 am. The relays carnival that started in 1973 in honour of Bishop Percival Gibson, the founder of Kingston College, is easily one of the best on this side of the hemisphere. Two years ago, the organisers saw it fit to change the name of the event to the Gibson McCook Relays in honour of one of those who started it all – Neville ‘Ted ... Read More

Sprint hurdles champion eyes title defence

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Friday, February 24, 2017    

Williams....I used the time to recover and mentally I’m in a good place right now

Following a gut-wrenching stumble which shattered her Olympics dream last year, World Championships 100-metre hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams has turned focus to her title defence. Williams missed out on qualifying for Jamaica’s team to the 2016 Rio Games after faltering in the final of the obstacle event at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships. But she claims she is finding her way back to form. The 24-year-old, ... Read More

2017 Gibson Relays to pull 4,000 athletes

Friday, February 24, 2017    

PERALTO... We know we are going to have in the vicinity of 4000 athletes (Aston Saulding)

Despite the withdrawal of two teams from the United States, executive member of the organising committee, Ryan Peralto, is expecting approximately 4,000 athletes and a near-packed venue for the 41st staging of the Gibson McCook Relays tomorrow. “We know we are going to have in the vicinity of 4,000 athletes. We had hoped to have two US relay teams, but they dropped out on us”, Peralto told the Jamaica Observer. “The NCAA sent out advisory that US schools are not allowed to ... Read More


Friday, February 24, 2017    

Williams... your next best move will be determined by how much you learn and how well you bounce back from those setbacks. (Photos: Observer file)

Hurdler Williams targets major comeback with World Championships title defence Read More



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