FOR the past nine years, Edwin Allen High has been playing catch-up to their archrivals Holmwood Technical at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, but 2012 could tell a different tale.
In 2009, Holmwood Technical amassed a total of 378.50 points, almost doubling Edwin Allen's total of 191. Then came 2010 when Edwin Allen defeated Holmwood Technical by 50 points at the Milo Central Athletics Championships and was highly favoured to win the Girls' title.
However, the then seven-time champions proved too much for the Michael Dyke-coached girls on the big day. A year later, the results were the same as Edwin Allen, powered by Ristannana Tracey, walked away with the Central Champs and was again picked to stop the girls from Christiana. Despite a great performance from Tracey, the Clarendonians had to settle for second place with 310 points, just four points behind defending champions and winners, Holmwood Technical.
The year is 2012 and Edwin Allen has again won the Milo Central Athletics Championships.
Tracey has moved on to higher education, but the likes of Marleena Eubanks and Christiana Williams have risen. The stage is set and Coach Dyke is adamant that this will be the year for success.
Speaking with the TEENage team, Dyke admitted that his team banked a lot on Tracey in 2011, but said that it would be more of a team effort in 2012. With a stronger overall team, the Edwin Allen coach truly believes his team has what it takes to become the ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls' Champion.
"This year we have a stronger all-round team. We are not just depending on one class, we have strengths in all classes, both on the track and in the field," Dyke stated emphatically.
The championships will begin tomorrow, and this will be the third time in recent years that Edwin Allen will start as favourites to dethrone the defending champions. Michael Dyke and his team truly believe that the third time is the charm, but despite what takes place over the four-day championship, it is bound to be a cracker that goes down to the wire.