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. 

Enid Bennett High School’s Tyrice Taylor put a 32-year-old schoolboy record under real threat on Saturday when he won the under-20 Boys’ 800-metre at the Digicel Grand Prix final. 

Neither Calabar’s Michael Stephens nor Jamaica College’s (JC) Michali Everett could claim the spoils of a fierce rivalry that developed during the Digicel Grand Prix series over 100 metres after the final at the GC Foster Classic ended on Saturday. 

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. 

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