Top 5 events to watch at Champs
1. Boys' Class One 100m: While the sprints are always exciting at any track and field event, the Class One boys' 100m sprints is expected to pack a punch at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships. If all goes well, the finals could see the likes of reigning World Youth Champion, Odail Todd; World Youth Olympics Champion, Odeen Skeen, his teammate and former Class Three record-holder Adam Cummings; former Carifta Champion, Jazeel Murphy, and the speedy Delano Williams. Many track and field enthusiasts are waiting for the national trials to see the likes of Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt line up, but this event could be even more mouth-watering.
2. Girls' and Boys' 4x400m open: The 4x400m relay is always the final event of the meet and with this championship set to go down the wire; this could just be the deciding event over the three days. In the boys' event, Manchester High will start as favourites after dominating the season. But if points are on the line in this final event, expect Kingston College and Calabar to be in the mix. While Vere Technical are clear favourites for this event, Holmwood Technical and Edwin Allen will definitely be fighting for second place and the title in this last event.
3. Class One Boys' 4x100m: Just like the sprints, this should be a very heated exchange with no clear favourites. However, Green Island, Kingston College and Wolmer's Boys should all be vying for the title in an event where the team that makes the least mistake will win.
4. Girls' Class One High Jump: At the Gibson relays, Wolmerian Shanice Hall defeated National Junior record holder, Kimberly Williamson of Edwin Allen to create a big upset and now the stage is set for Williamson to have her revenge in a battle you do not want to miss.
5. Boys' Class One Shot Put: Nigerian-born Emmanuel Onyia created a major upset at the recent Carifta trials by beating the Calabar pair of Ashina Miller and Fredrick Dacres. Come March 28-31, Onyia will be able to throw more than a tantrum to prove that his victory over the World Youth medallist and his teammate was not a fluke.