Dethroned ISSA Grace/Kennedy Boys and Girls’ champions Calabar have once again found themselves at the centre of the storm after members of the student body were caught making derogatory chants on camera.

In the video making the rounds on social media, a large number of students, seemingly at a general assembly in the school’s auditorium, utter disparaging chants that suggested members of the Kingston College community were a derogatory term used to describe homosexuals.

It was Kingston College that claimed bragging rights in the latest instalment of the rivalry, after ending the seven-year dominance of the Red Hill Road-based institution, last weekend at the boys' championship.  The videos have already been widely condemned.  The school has already quickly apologized for the event, with a delegation of teachers and students expected to head to Kingston College tomorrow as part of a conciliatory outreach effort.

The organization found itself under fire, ahead of the championships, for the handling of disciplining high school track students Christopher Taylor and D’ejour Russell following allegations of assault made by a physics teacher.

  Although the incident happened in December, the teacher had suggested that the students not be allowed to participate in Champs after being allowed to take part in track and field events despite being suspended for five days by the school.     

Kingston College (KC) head coach Leaford Grant believes better man management, which limited the workload shouldered by individual athletes, was a key factor in a record ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships-winning performance on Saturday.

The north street-based team put together several powerful performances, which led to the highest ever points total of 395.5.  The points total, which was good enough to dethrone champions Calabar but was also a record for the games, eclipsed the previous mark of 368.5 set by the dethroned champions.

Grant revealed that the unprecedented success was brought about by a break with traditional practices of sorts, which often sees athletes compete in as many events as possible.

“What we tried to do was not to overburden the athletes.  We tried to use one athlete per event so that we did not put a lot of pressure on our athletes,” Grant said.

“Probably in the past you would have seen a number of athletes doing more than one events at Champs.  We realized have so many athletes doing more than one events put a strain on the youngster’s bodies,” he added.

“We decided that we weren’t to do that this year. The results were fewer injuries and we had a good Champs .”

En route to winning their first title since 2009 and dethroning seven-time champions Calabar the Purples suffered did, in fact, suffer very few injuries and mishaps.

 

 

Kingston College scored a massive 395.5 points to break the Calabar stranglehold on the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday while Edwin Allen continued their run of wins after holding of a big challenge from Hydel High School. 

Kingston College’s (KC) Wayne Pinnock added to his ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship gold medal in the long jump with another in the boys’ class one 110-metre, the two coming in record-breaking fashion. 

Oblique Seville and Michael Stephens ran impressive times to qualify for the semi-finals of the Class I 100ms on Thursday’s third day at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Kingston College (KC) and Rusea’s High have taken the early lead at the 2019 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. 

Wayne Pinnock jumped to 8.05 metres at the 2019 ISSA Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championship, the second best effort by a boy his age from Jamaica behind only James Beckford. Leaping over the eight-metre mark is no small feat, but SportsMax and Pinnock saw it coming. Hear his story.

With Kingston College set to mount their most serious challenge to win their 32nd title at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships that began on Tuesday, former star athlete Akeem Bloomfield, from his home in Florida, sought to ensure that the team was focused on the task at hand.

Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell, the country’s 3000, 5000, and 10,000 metres has inspired a focus on the health of athletes at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship after his collapse due to a heart issue created a very real scare. 

Kingston College (KC) and Hydel High showed their readiness for the March 26-30 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship by winning the boys and girls’ categories at the  Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship at GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Saturday night. 

The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships is a five-series development meet for high schools, which comprises four regional meets and Saturday's Grand Finale - the GC Foster Classic.

KC compiled 144.33 points to beat nearest rivals Calabar High, the 2018 champions, by 36.33 points. Calabar High ended with 108 points.

Jamaica College (95 points), Petersfield High (30) and Excelsior High (28) rounded off the top five boys' schools.

The victory for KC means the North Street-based school had dominated the three biggest meets ahead of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls' Athletics Championship where Calabar High will be seeking eight straight boys' titles and 29 overall and Edwin Allen, their sixth straight girls' title and seventh overall.

Hydel High ended with 126 points to secure the first major track and field title for the school and in the process ended the domination of Edwin Allen High, which had won the girls’ title every single year since the Grand Prix Athletics Championship was launched five years ago.

Edwin Allen High had to settle for second place with 94 points, 32 points behind the new champions.

Holmwood Technical (79 points), St Jago High (47) and St Mary High (38) rounded off the top five.

KC and Hydel High were each presented with symbolic cheques valued at JM$1 million each toward gym equipment or development of their school’s training facilities for winning the respective titles.

Calabar High (boys) and Edwin Allen (girls) walked away with $500,000 for second place finishes, while JC (boys) and Holmwood Technical (girls) received $200,000 each for third-place finishes.

The Digicel Grand Prix makes its final stop at the GC Foster Classic in Spanish Town, Jamaica on Saturday but this time, the big guns are out, even as the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships fast approaches. 

Kingston College were the best team at the Gibson McCook Relays, prompting SportsMax.tv track and field analysts Leighton Levy to wonder about the usual dominance of Calabar High School.

Hydel High School and Kingston College (KC) earned bragging rights after respecitively winning the girls and boys 4x400 events at the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday night. 

Holmwood Technical won the Girls’ 4x200-metre relay at the Gibson McCook Relays inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, while Kingston College enjoyed the most joy among the boys’ classes. 

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