Pundit 'Elmo' Harris expects stars from non-traditional schools to shine at Champs 2022

By April 04, 2022

Tuesday, April 5 will mark the start of the 112th edition of one of the most anticipated high school athletics showcases in the world, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships.

During the championships that will conclude on Saturday, April 9, established stars like Hydel’s Briana Lyston, Edwin Allen’s Clayton twins and Brian Levell are all expected to dominate but who are some under-the-radar competitors to keep an eye out for?

“There are so many talented athletes that aren’t from the top schools,” said Champs pundit Oliver “Elmo” Harris.

Among them is Lacovia High’s Sabrina Dockery. “She won the Girls Under-17 200m at the CARIFTA Trials and I expect her to do well in the Class III event at champs,” he said.

Ferncourt High School’s Abigail Campbell is another less-heralded athlete, who could shine during the championships.

“She won the 200m in Class III last year and I think she’ll do well in Class II this year,” Harris predicts.

He also expects big things from Hydel’s Class II sprinter/hurdler Kerrica Hill.

“She ran the third leg on Jamaica’s World Junior Record 4x100m team last year,” he said.

“I’m also looking forward to the Immaculate (High) sprinters. At the Corporate Area Championships, they won the 100m in all classes. The clash to look out for is in Class IV between Kedoya Lindo and Natrece East of Wolmer’s Girls in the 100m,” he added.

On the boy's side, Harriss sees a big clash coming in the Class I 400m Hurdles.

“I think the big clash on the boys' side will be between KC’s Rayon Campbell and Camperdown’s Roshawn Clarke in the Class I 400m Hurdles,” he said.

At the recent Carifta Trials, Campbell ran what was then a world-leading 49.52 to Clarke's 49.85. Harris expects more of the same at Champs.

The veteran pundit also believes the Class II sprints will thrill the thousands expected to turn out.

"The Class II sprints, as far as I'm concerned, will be more fascinating. Early in the season, Mark Miller from Jamaica College was considered a shoo-in for the 100 and 200m. That's no longer the case. He could win and he has the fastest time coming in but there's Shaquane Gordon of Calabar, Gary Card from Wolmer's and Omarion Barrett from Steer Town. That race will be fascinating," he said.

However, with all that said, who does Harris believe will win the respective titles at Champs 2022?

“I think KC will win Boys champs ahead of JC and Calabar. On the Girls' side, Edwin Allen will win, Hydel second and St. Jago third,” Harris said.

 

 

 

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