Excelsior, Calabar capture Corporate Area titlesSaturday, February 17, 2018
BY HOWARD WALKER
Excelsior High girls and Calabar High easily emerged champions of the Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Championships and walked away with $250,000 each on a day when at least 20 records tumbled inside the National Stadium yesterday.
They retained their title by amassing 342 points as Wolmer's High School for Girls snatched second with 247 points after the last event ahead of The Queen's School in third with 246 points. Immaculate High were fourth on 218 with St Andrew High completing the top five with 189 points.
In the boys' section, Calabar High grabbed their first hold on the Corporate Area title totalling a whopping 491 points, well ahead of dethroned champions Kingston College (KC) with 389 and Jamaica College (JC) further back in third on 226 points. Wolmer's Boys' were fourth with 171 ahead of Excelsior High fifth with 105 points.
The dominant Calabar brought the curtains down in style smashing the 4x400m relay record in a magnificent time of 3:05.04 minutes, well inside their previous record was 3:14.75 set last year.
The 200m champion Anthony Carpenter started to the 400m champion Christopher Taylor, who passed to the 400m bronze medallist Shamar Chambers, who handed the 400m hurdles champion Malik James King a huge lead as they became the fastest high school team of all time, not only in Jamaica, but the world winning by over 100 metres.
Excelsior were second in 3:16.28 ahead of Papine High with 3:22.49. KC failed to show for the event.
It was a magnificent record by Calabar in erasing a 33-year-old world high school best of 3:07.40 set by Hawthorne High School in Texas in 1985 and was clearly the highlight of the two-day championships.
Earlier, Calabar star Taylor showed that he was well-conditioned at this time of the season after he sped to 45.84 seconds in the Class One 400m and erased Marco Doodnaughsingh's mark of 48.36 done in 2016.
But Taylor was made to work a little harder than expected as KC's bespectacled Dashawn Morris also dipped below the previous record, clocking a personal best of 45.93. Calabar's Shemar Chambers was third in 46.99.
Taylor — the 2015 World Youth champion with a personal best of 45.27 — running in lane three, went by Morris and the fast-starting Chambers at the 150m mark, but Morris rallied well and was actually closing the gap when the line intervened with Taylor glancing across.
Calabar swept the 400m and Evaldo Whitehorne also established a new record in the Class Two event clocking 47.41 ahead of KC's Shanthamoi Brown, who also dipped below the previous record of 48.89 with 48.54. Rasheim Williams of Wolmer's Boys' was third in 49.78.
Lavaughn Douglas ran 50.81 and captured the Class Three 400m ahead of Jaquan Linton of JC with 50.90 and Jehlani Gordon of Wolmer's Boys' in 52.59.
There was also a record in the girls Class One 400m as Kelly-Ann Downer of St Andrew High clocked 55.24secs and pulled the Queen's pair of Tawana Allen (55.93) and Tatyana McKenzie (56.28) below the previous record of 56.42 set by Dawnalee Loney of Camperdown High in 2015.
St Andrew High were at it again in Class Two as Janielle Joseph clocked 55.15 for a new record and was well ahead of Excelsior's Dorian Nelson in 55.36. Donnell Hartley of Queen's won the Class Three 400m in 57.58.
Both boys' 400m hurdles record were erased as Calabar's Malik James-King won Class One in 51.10 and KC's Shanthamoi Brown clocked 52.66, well ahead of the previous record of 57.02 established by his teammate Dravion Williams last year.
Michkamae Hyde of St Andrew High broke the Class One girls' 400m hurdles record clocking 1:03.23 minutes.
In the blue tiband 100m event, KC won two of the four events. Terrique Stennett clocked 10.99 in Class Two, while Nkrumie Bouwahjgi did 11.21 for victory in Class Three ahead of his teammate Adrian Kerr in 11.46.
Calabar's Michael Stephens took the Class One 100m in 10.91 just ahead of KC's Rushan Rowe in 10.94 and Kimani Gardener of Excelsior was third in 11.04.
The promising Christopher Scott of JC captured the Class Four 100m in 11.33 ahead of KC's Christopher Seaton with 11.45. Ronaldo Reid of Calabar was third in 11.51.
Excelsior girls captured two of the four 100m events securing gold in Classes Three and Four with Amoy McFarlane and Ma-avian Williams in 12.05 and 12,42 seconds, respectively.
Immaculate High's Hughasia Fyffe won Class Two in 12.05 and Rich-Ann Archer of The Convent of Mercy Alpha, took Class One in 12.11.
KC picked up a quinela on the Class Three high jump as Christopher Seaton won with a record leap of 1.80m. His teammate Anthony Willis was second with 1.70m ahead of Calabar's Xavier Codling with 1.65m.
Immaculate's Danielle Sloley won the girls' javelin open with a throw of 31.37m ahead of Seana'kaye Wright of Excelsior with 31.10m.
Camperdown's Monief Heslop took the girls' triple jump open with 12.38m, which was just outside the record of 12.40m. Ashalee Brown of Immaculate with 12.20m was second and Shanika Roberts of Camperdown with 11.56m was third.
By time the relays came, the boys from Red Hills Road were well on their way to victory and swept all four 4x100m relays.
In Class One, Taylor anchored Calabar to another record run in 39.96 seconds. KC, anchored by Jhevaughn Matherson was second in 40.63 with Excelsior High third in 42.00.
KC got a flyer on the first leg but a super back stretch by Anthony Carpenter gave Calabar the advantage and when Taylor got the baton some four meters ahead of Matherson on the last leg, the stage was set for an epic finish. But Taylor held the advantage and in fact increased it as Matherson gave up the chase 20m from home, much to the delight of the Calabar fans.
Calabar then sped to victory in Class Two in 42.72 with KC second in 42.92 and fast-finishing Wolmer's third in 42.97.
Class Three went to the green and black boys in 43.12 ahead of the “Purples” in 43.45 and Calabar completed the sweep in Class Four in 45.33. Again KC were second in 45.78 with JC third in 45.53.
St Andrew High won the girls' Class One 4x100m in 47.44 ahead of Queen's with 47.50 and Camperdown third in 47.83. In Class Two, it was St Andrew High again in 47.76 ahead of Excelsior in 47.90 and Wolmer's third with 48.90. Immaculate captured the Class Three event in 47.87 seconds.
KC's Aryamana Rodgers easily won the 5,000m Open in 15:50.57 minutes and was over 200m ahead of Calabar's Daniel McDonald in 16:39.18. KC's Nicholas Elliot finished third with 16: 54.63 minutes.
Queen's captured the girls' sprint medley Open in 4:19.52 minutes ahead of Camperdown with 4:21.66 and Excelsior in third with 4:23.16.
Calabar continued their remarkable dominance in the relays as they sped to another record in the sprint medley Open in 3:29.16 minutes and lowered their record done in the preliminary of 3:30.05. JC finished well and snatched second in 3:32.94 ahead of KC with 3:33.75.
Steady all round running led Queen's to victory in the girls' 4x400m in a new record of 3:47.99. Excelsior were second in 3:51.51 ahead of St Andrew High with 3:58.48.
Boys' points standings
Kingston College 389
Jamaica College 226
Wolmer's Boys' 171
Campion College 32
Girls' points standings
Wolmer's Girls 247
The Queen's School 246
St Andrew 189
Convent of Mercy Alpha 86
Campion College 34
Merl Grove 26