Former Jamaica high school star, Christopher, Taylor is back on the track after a hamstring injury had forced him into aborting his season and plans to go to the World Championships later this year.

The 400-metre athlete, who got injured during preparations for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championship, quit school right after and turned pro, before going to the United States to join the Tumbleweed Tack Club in .

Today, Taylor turned up in Belgium and on his first outing back on the track, looked strong, leading his 400-metre event at the Meeting voor Mon Leuven (Flanders Cup) from blocks to tape to win in 45.62 seconds, a season’s best.

Canada’s Graeme Thompson was well beaten, finishing second in 46.43, while France’s Thomas Jordier was third in 47.01.

The field was rounded out by the Netherlands Dobber Jochem (47.14) Spain’s Echeverry Andres (47.38), Canada’s Austin Cole (47.43), France’s Gilles Biron (47.90) and Michael Rossaert (49.43).

Taylor holds personal bests of 10.11 in the 100m, which equals the national junior record, 20.35 for the 200m and 44.88 for the 400m, the fastest-ever by a Jamaican at the junior level.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Candice McLeod clocked 53.63 for second place in the B-race of the women's 400m.  Yasmin Liverpool of Great Britain easily won in 53.03.

Calabar High School track stat Christopher Taylor said he is focusing on returning to the track next season and has denied accusations that he assaulted a teacher at the school.

Jamaica’s high school prodigy Christopher Taylor is reportedly joining the camp of respected track and field coach Rana Reider at his base in Florida.

Calabar High School track & field captain Christopher Taylor has been reported to have been slightly hurt before entering the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championship. That injury forced, not just a premature end to his final Champs at high school, but he lost some of the lustre of his legacy as one of the winningest athletes to ever grace the event. In addition, Taylor has said he wants to be on the national team to the World Championships this year. Were Calabar not looking at the bigger picture when they allowed him to run?

Wolmer’s Boys’ School’s Jeremy Farr, on Saturday inside the National Stadium, ended the 400-metre dominance of Christopher Taylor at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship. 

Fans of Kingston College said they smelled blood in the water after a lame Christopher Taylor just barely made it into the finals of the Class 1 Boys 200m after finishing third in his heat on Thursday night.

Calabar acting-principal Calvin Rowe has defended the school’s handling of the incident involving high school track stars Chris Taylor and De’Jour Russell, in the wake of public backlash and some biting criticism.

The athletes Taylor and Russell, who are expected to represent the school at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championship later this week, were accused of assaulting high school physics teacher Sanjay Shaw in December of last year. 

Despite several months elapsing since the incident, the teacher has recently expressed dissatisfaction with how the issue was handled.  In a press conference, held late last week, he accused the school of putting sporting interest over academics and tardiness in addressing the issue.   

In a press release, posted on the school’s website, however, Rowe denied placing athletics above academics and attempted to addressing accusations of addressing the issue late.

According to the release, no action was taken sooner, regarding the teacher’s alleged attack, because Rowe was waiting on evidence of the assault, which the teacher claimed to have recorded on video. 

The document goes on to state that having reviewed the evidence and conducted interviews with the students, it was decided only a strong reprimand was required as there was not enough strong evidence of an assault.

A doctor’s report submitted by Shaw, however, stated that the injuries he received were minor but were likely the result of blunt force trauma.

“It became clear to us as the investigations proceeded that there were conflicting accounts on key aspects, for example, the two students involved strongly denied assaulting Mr. Shaw and testified instead to the contrary; while one student admitted to shoving the teacher’s phone from the face of his teammate he was adamant that he did not step on the instrument,” the press release read.

“Having taken all things into consideration and noting the conflicting reports and the lack of evidence of any assault on the video footage, we decided not to escalate the matter to the Board but to deal with it at the level of the school’s senior leadership team,” it continued.

The document goes on to state that following Shaw’s insistence and a re-interview with the students, it was later, however, decided to suspend both athletes for five days.  They were, however, allowed to train and represent the school during the period, which continues to be a sore point for the physics teacher.

“Giving thought to Mr. Shaw’s insistence and even though I had made it clear that the nature of the punishment was not his prerogative, upon further reflection I decided to go a step further. The two students were re-interviewed and while their testimonies were unchanged I decided to suspend them for 5 days with the proviso that they were required to work on their CAPE SBAs, they were allowed to train and they would compete in their final development meet. It ought to be noted that both punitive measures were aimed at addressing the matter of disobedience to a teacher’s directive and NOT for assault, which, as was said earlier, we could not validate independently and with sufficient conviction,” the document said.

Below is the full version of the press release.

 

http://calabarhighschool.com/content/press-release-calabar-high-school-response-public-complaint-sanjay-shaw-march-24-2019

 

Armed with videos, emails and a bill outlining his medical expenses, Sanjaye Shaw, the Head of the Physics Department at Calabar High School alleged on Friday that high school’s track star Christopher Taylor grabbed him by the throat during an incident that occurred on the school grounds on December 15, 2018.

Calabar High School star, Christopher Taylor, did not go after his 45.84-second Digicel Grand Prix record at the GC Foster Classic on Saturday, despite saying a week earlier he would lower the 2018 mark. 

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. 

Chris Taylor claimed the 400 metres in the Digicel Grand Prix series at the Corporate Area Development Meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday but only did enough to finish in front. 

Calabar High School won the first relay of the 43rd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday, thanks in large part to a storming backstretch from Christopher Taylor. 

Jamaican high school track star could have college on his mind when he completes his schooling at Calabar High.

2018 World U20 silver medallist Christopher Taylor has the 2019 IAAF World Championships on his mind even though he has not decided what event he wants to do there.

It took until the final event on the penultimate day of the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland for the United States to win their first gold medal but after missing out on individual titles in the 100m and 200m, their sprinters combined superbly to win the 4x100m relay title for the sixth successive time. 

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