Buff Bay High claimed their second lien on the Eastern Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (ESSSA)/ Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) track and field title after seeing off the challenge of two-time defending champions, Oberlin High, at the 27th staging of the meet yesterday inside the National Stadium.
The top-five was rounded out by St Mary High (529), Glengoffe High (293.50) and Titchfield High (186). The Portland-based Buff Bay amassed 629.50 points to repeat their 2010 triumph, as they dethroned the 16-time winners who posted 572.50 points.
Kevin Brown, Buff Bay’s head coach, was determined not to have a repeat of last year when they missed out on the title by 2.5 points.
“Last year we lost by 2.5 points, and that was because of a lot of mishaps, so I tried my best to ensure that we didn’t have much of that this year and I believe that is what led us to being victorious,” Brown said.
Two of the most outstanding performers over the two days of competition were St Mary High’s Titania Markland and Oberlin’s Trudy McCalla, both winning three individual gold medals.
Buff Bay High’s Shevon Bailey also claimed the double in the boys’ Class One equivalent, as he won the 100m in 10.83, before returning to capture the 200m in 22.34 seconds.
Seaforth High’s Michael Bentley broke the record in the Class Three boys’ 100m, as he stopped the clock at 11.45 seconds to erase Romar Foster’s old mark of 11.68 seconds, set in 2010.