Edwin Allen hunts fifth-straight Girls' Champs title

Observer writer

Monday, March 25, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The battle between central powerhouses, defending champions Edwin Allen High and former winners Holmwood Technical in the girls' section, will be the highlight of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships that gets under way tomorrow at National Stadium in St Andrew.

Central schools have dominated Girls' Champs by winning the last 39 stagings, with The Queens School in 1978 being the last school not from the region taking home the title. That dominance is expected to continue this week.

Powerhouse St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will lead the central area boys' teams, and are expected to be joined by the improving Edwin Allen High, Clarendon College, and Manchester High.

Thirty-eight central teams participated at Champs last year, 23 on the female side and 15 on the male side, and at least the same numbers are expected this year.

Edwin Allen have dominated the early season development meets and retained the Central Champs title. They will start favourites to take a fifth-straight win at the ISSA Championships.

The likes of sprint stars Kevona Davis, the Clayton twins Tia and Tina, and Serena Cole are expected to lead the Edwin Allen team.

Holmwood Technical are quietly confident they can win the title for the first time since 2013, and have an experienced squad that will be led by the likes of Michae Harriott, Susan Francis, Daniella Deer, Sashieka Steele, and Kimberly Baker.

STETHS flexed their muscles at the COCAA Western Champs, piling up a massive 424 points to win the boys' section without sprint star Sachin Dennis, who has not competed so far this season. STETHS will be hoping to at least hold onto their fifth place from last year.

Sprinter/hurdler Dashinelle Dyer and Conroy Jones are expected to lead the STETHS charge at Champs, while a number of other athletes from other schools are expected to stamp their class on proceedings.

BB Coke High's Javed Jones was a surprise winner of the 400m hurdles at Western Champs and will be a medal favourite.

Garvey Maceo's Kishane Thompson and Clarendon College's Rajay Morris could have a say in the Class 1 sprints, while Lacovia High's Brian Roach hopes to score points in Class 2.

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