The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships finals will be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
After five regional qualifying meets, Calabar High School and Edwin Allen High will march into this Saturday's Digicel Grand Prix Final in pole position. Not only do they lead the Grand Prix on points but both have quality finalists for Saturday's GC Foster Classic. Calabar leads Jamaica College and St Elizabeth 110 points to 84 for JC, while in the girls Edwin Allen has a smaller margin over Vere Technical, 77 - 74.
Edwin Allen has the top qualifier, Annia Ashley, in the under 17 long jump, in the 100m with Aaliyah Hopkins and in the under 20 long jump with Danique Bryan. The Michael Dyke coached team leads the 4x400 standings and won at the Gibson-McCook Relays, with the best time of the year, 3 minutes 39.00 seconds. In addition, Girls Championships record breakers Rochelle Frazier and Paula-Ann Gayle are number 2 and 4 in the Grand Prix list in the under 20 discus behind the outstanding Shanice Love of Excelsior.
Vere is especially good in the under 17 category with versatile 400m qualifier Shanice Walker, middle distance ace Britnie Dixon and long jumper Britney Anderson. Under 20 sprinter Rene Medley had qualified for both the 200m and 100m but has chosen to compete in the latter which puts her up against the Wolmerian Shauna Helps.
Calabar will be hard to catch. World Youth 200m champion Michael O’hara and Edward Clarke led the under 20 100m standings at 10.33 and 10.45 seconds respectively, with Andre Beckford and Warren Barrett1-2 in the discus at 50.30m and 49.58m each. Travis Riley and Julanie Walker are 1st and 3rd in the long jump.
Kingston College, fourth on 67 points, could surge. Miguel Morrison is the Grand Prix under-20 800m leader. While Tywayne Crooks, will impact the 400m in a big way if they both run.
Morrison will have to face Central Champs winner Devaughn Smith of Spaldings. Smith ran 1 minute 51.76 seconds last Sunday at the same Carifta Trials where Bloomfield zoomed to his fast time.
Those trials saw 15 year-old Christopher Taylor set a world youth record of 45.69 in the 400m. He and Calabar teammate Anthony Carpenter are the top two on the Grand Prix list of qualifiers. Tyreke Wilson and Michael Stevens in the 100m are second and third with top ranked Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College at 10.59 seconds. At the Carifta Trials, Wilson clocked 10.55. His teammate Dejour Russell is the top man at 200m.
JC's best event could be the class 2 800m where the top two qualifiers are Malik Smith and Duvaire Wauchope. The STETHS pair of indomitable Jevaughney James and Shamar Salmos will make it difficult for everyone, after sharing the 800m at Western Championships and the Carifta Trials.
The Grand Prix will end with the 4x400m. STETHS lost to Petersfield at Western Champs with that result flipped at the Gibson-McCook Relays. Western Champion Devaughn Ellington is improving and leads a strong Petersfield quartet but STETHS is rounding into top shape. World Youth 400 hurdles champion Marvin Williams, Western 100m and 200m winner Nigel Ellis and relay ace Okeen Williams are all advancing as the season progresses.
The Grand Prix started with the Youngster Goldsmith Classic and has traversed through the Camperdown Classic, Western Championships, Central Championships and the Corporate Area Development meet. On Saturday, at the GC Foster Classics it will be decided who will be crowned champions and walk away with the top prize of 1million dollars in gym equipment.