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KC to take early lead at Champs

Jamaica Gleaner / Kingston College (KC) will be hoping to break their drought when competition at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships gets under way on Tuesday. The team with the most wins at these Championships, with 31, will be hoping to score their first win since 2009 and will be out to upstage the defending champions, Calabar High, as the Red Hills Road team will be hoping to make it six wins in a row.

With Tuesday, the opening day of the championships, having just preliminary round action, it will be the second day, Wednesday, when the hunt for points begins. There will be two finals, the Class 2 long jump at 5:05 p.m, and the Class 1 equivalent at 5:50 p.m.

Following both finals, it should be a 15-point lead for the North Street team over Calabar after the completion of both finals, as they are expected to dominate both events. In Class 2, it should be 16 vital points here for the Neil Harrison-coached team, as it should be a quinella here. They are the two most dominant so far in the event this season, with Wayne Pinnock the leader with 7.25m done at the Carifta Trials, when winning the Under-18 event, where Shaquille Lowe had to settle for third.

TABLES TURNED At the Digicel G.C. Foster Classics, it was Lowe who turned the tables here by winning with 7.09m, just ahead of Pinnock, with 7.05m. He is expected to get the better of Pinnock once again, with Jamaica College’s Safin Willis getting the bronze.

The unbeaten and impressive jumper all season, team co-captain, Carey McLeod will give KC its second win of the day in the Class 1 event. With a best of 7.79m, while winning the Under-20 event at the Carifta Trials, it is no stopping McLeod as he has 8m on his mind here. Damion Creary, who spent a year at Kingston College last year, before going back to Wolmer’s Boys’ in September, should take silver, while Calabar High’s Gabriel Allen is favoured to take the bronze over Kingston College’s Shakwon Coke.

Predicted point

standings after 2 finals 1. Kingston College 30

2. Calabar 15

3. Jamaica College 9

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