KC wins Champs 2019
KC wins Champs 2019

Jamaican High Schools have taken their recruiting drive overseas in a bid to win Champs. Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC), according to a Jamaica Gleaner report, are the leading recruiters of talents from abroad.

Kenyan Aaron Tanui of Kenya and Rwotimiya Emmanuel Oyet of Uganda will join the North Street-based school team this year. Chepkiza will compete in the middle-distance events and Emmanuel Oyet, a class two athlete, is expected to add firepower to a strong KC sprint team.

Another Ugandan Atukwats Crispus, who played U16 football in 2018, is also a member of the track and field team. He is the cousin of Ari Rodgers, who is now in his third year at KC.

JC, on the other hand, has brought in St Vincent and Grenadines middle-distance duo of Handel Roban and Uroy Ryan. Rohan beat the Jamaican pair of J’Vaughon Blake and Giovani Henry to win the Boys Under-17 800m at the Carifta Games in 2018.

The ‘Dark Blues’ according to many pundits, will be a force to be reckoned with at Champs 2020.

Meanwhile, several top athletes have changed schools leading into the 2020 season.

Former St. Catherine High quarter-miler, Tyrece Grant, who finished fourth in the Class One 400m at Champs 2019, will now represent KC. So too is Kirk Dawkins, who sat out Champs 2019.

JC got Andre Bent from William Knibb and Zidane Brown from Glenmuir.
Calabar wasn’t as busy but will have former STETHS sprinter Tyrone Barnes, who sit out last season.

Tyriece Taylor, the former Enid Bennett High top man, has transferred to Vere technical sixth form.

On the girls’ side, no mention of any of the schools going overseas, but Shantae Foreman left Excelsior and will now represent St. Jago as a sixth former.

Foreman will try to defend her high jump and long jump class two titles in 2020.

Gabrielle Matthews, ones of the shining stars who sat out Champs 2019, is now ready to deliver for The Queens School this year. She won the Class three 80m hurdles and 200m while at Hydel in 2018.

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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.