Penn Relays - East Coast Showcase --- Hydel High's Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, at Champs 2024
Hydel High's Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, at Champs 2024

Hydel High’s Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, as Edwin Allen High School and Kingston College emerged victorious at the 113th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, Champs 2024, in Kingston, Jamaica.

In a tense battle witnessed by a packed stadium, Edwin Allen narrowly overcame defending champions Hydel High by 9.5 points (335.5-326) to reclaim the championship title. Meanwhile, Kingston College dominated Jamaica College with a commanding 57-point lead (335-278). ALSO READ: Yohan Blake Leads Star-Studded Lineup in Suzhou Diamond League

The highly anticipated 100m age group finals saw all winners achieve personal bests, with Theianna-Lee Terrelonge of Edwin Allen High clinching victory in the U16 100m final with a world U18-leading time of 11.22. Despite her impressive performance, Terrelonge’s subdued reaction contrasted with the animated celebration of silver medallist Sabrina Dockery.

Excelsior High School made history as Damor Miller secured the U19 boys’ 100m title for the first time in over 50 years, clocking a lifetime best of 10.31. Nyron Wade of Kingston College also impressed with a spirited performance, claiming victory in the U15 boys’ 100m final with a swift 10.43.

The senior boys’ 200m final provided thrilling action, with Amal Glasgow of Kingston College clinching victory in a closely contested race. Glasgow’s triumph, clocking in at 21.22, marked a momentous achievement for Kingston College.

The championships featured a host of double winners, including Alliah Baker of Hydel High, who showcased her versatility by clinching four gold medals. Additionally, Excelsior High’s Demarco Bennett and Wolmer’s Boys’ Mario Ross delivered standout performances in their respective events.

Jamaica College’s Shaiquan Dunn excelled in the throws, securing the Class 1 throws double, while Shanoya Douglas of Muschette High impressed with her victories in the U16 girls’ events.

Kenyan-born Brian Kiprop of Kingston College demonstrated his prowess, securing victory in the U15 boys’ 2000m steeplechase and 1500m titles.

Noteworthy performances also came from Zavien Bernard of Hydel High, who set a championship record in the U16 girls’ high jump, and Kimeka Smith of St Jago High, who established a championship record in the U16 girls’ shot put.

The U19 girls’ triple jump witnessed history as three athletes leapt beyond 13m, with St Jago’s Jade-Ann Dawkins clinching victory with a final attempt of 13.28m.

The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships showcased the exceptional talent and fierce competition among Jamaica’s top schools, with Edwin Allen and Kingston College emerging as deserving champions.

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