Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor

The 2018 Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, popularly called Champs, runs off Tuesday (20 March) and crosses the finish line on Saturday.

Defending champions Calabar and Edwin Allen will start favourites for the boys’ and girls’ titles respectively.

Calabar will be going in search of their seventh straight title while Edwin Allen will be hoping to make it five in a row.

Kingston College (KC), the overwhelming favourites in 2017, will be Calabar’s main challenger while Hydel, Holmwood and St. Jago are expected to make things tough for Edwin Allen.

Christopher Taylor and Dejour Russell, both of Calabar, are the biggest names for Champs2018. Both athletes are World Youth gold medallists, Taylor over 400 metres in 2015 and Russell, who is the current 110m hurdles champion.

On the female side, Edwin Allen enters with the biggest name in Kevona Davis. She too had some success at the World Youth stage, in 2017, winning bronze in the 100m.

World Youth 400m hurdles silver medallist Sanique Walker of Vere and Dazsay Freeman, now at The Queens School, took bronze in the 100m hurdles, also at the 2017 World Youth Championships, are two other high profiled athletes.

Two potential record breaking relays could come in the Class 1 boys’ division. This includes the 4x100m which will feature Calabar’s quartet of Tyreke Wilson, Taylor, Michael Stephens and Russell, who registered a stunning 39secs flat to win at Penns in 2017. This is just 3/100th of a second outside the national junior record of 38.97 set in 2012 at World Junior Championships in Barcelona.

The other relay that track and field fans will be watching keenly is the Championships’ final event, the boys 4x400m open. Again Calabar is expected to dominate this event with their powerful team of Anthony Carpenter, Shermar Chambers, Taylor and Malike James King. This team ran 3:05.04, a Jamaican High School, at the Corporate Area meet in February. The Champs record is 3:06.76, done in 2015, also by Calabar.

Other events to watch are Class 1 boys 200m with Taylor, Class 2 girls’ 100m with Davis, and the Class 1 boys’ 110m hurdles with Russell

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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