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Congratulations to Kingston College & Edwin Allen High, Winners of CHAMPS 2019!

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Congratulations to Kingston College & Edwin Allen High, Winners of the Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships 2019!


After Calabar High won 7 straight titles, Kingston College (KC) did not yield and executed one of the best and highest scoring CHAMPS win in history.  Their win was confirmed from as early as Friday night. With practically an injury free team compared to Calabar, they kept a high standard all season and executed their races well, winning races they were expected to win and creating upsets, running with momentum and heart. Well done KC. They continue their ‘Purple reign’ with the most Champs wins in history, 32. This was Project 32 and they succeeded.

Kudos also to Calabar for roaring towards the end and putting on a great show. They still managed to rack up over 300 points, which showed a valiant effort despite their mishaps and having an injured star athlete, Christopher Taylor.

Here are your final results!


A generation of Calabar athletes is now gone and there is a new crop of KC athletes, plus emerging JC athletes with their very own new track and field. It will be interesting to see how Calabar regroups and how long KC can reign this time.


Competition was stiff on the Girls’ side. It came down to the relays to determine the winner. Defending Champs, Edwin Allen held on strong to beat the challengers, Hydel High, who were hot on their heels by 7 points.

There was a fight in the middle order of the top 10 too, where the ladies from Constant Spring Road, Immaculate High came out and made a statement this year, taking back the Corporate area title. They showed up in both field and track events, winning in high jump, long jump, a 4×100m relay and 200m! They got a silver in the Shot Put too! Well done Suga’s alma mater, Immaculate!

Here are your results!


Hydel came really close this year, can they win next year for the first time? We’ll see.

Suga’s Athlete of CHAMPS 2019 – KC’s Wayne Pinnock!

Long Jump, 110m Hurdles and Sprints including 2 records! #SugaSnaps


Suga’s Race of Champs 2019 – The Class 3 Boys 800m Final!

That moment when Jaquan Coke came from behind to secure the win for KC on the line was priceless.


Suga would like to congratulate all the athletes for such talented, relentless performances. Jamaica has a lot to look forward to in the future of our Athletics Programme.

Also, thanks to all of you who tuned in and followed Suga Lifestyle every step of the way on Facebook and Instagram.

See you next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Point Standings for CHAMPS 2019!

After 5 Finals, here are your Point Standings for the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships!



Suga expects HYDEL, JAGO & HOLMWOOD to come up in the sprints for the Girls, but EDWIN ALLEN should still take Champs. I have to big up IMMACULATE who might finally take back the Corporate area this year. Can CALABAR nurse their injuries and improve execution from a tight situation to beat KC? Stay tuned! 2 more days to go!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congrats to CALABAR and EDWIN ALLEN for Winning CHAMPS 2017!



Edwin Allen as predicted got the 4-peat for the Girls. The fight was on for 2nd place between Jago, Holmwood and Hydel. Hydel took 2nd and the other standings are below.


Suga would like to big up her alma mater, Immaculate for finishing in the top 10. Well done ladies!


The prediction for the Boys did not have the same outcome as the Girls. KC thought they had Champs in the bag and did a lot of talking. I don’t know where their maths went wrong but they clearly did not account for injuries and other mishaps. Even KC’s ‘import’ from Uganda lost the 1500m to Calabar. However, he still managed to win the 5000m giving them a 4-point lead before the last race of the meet. But it was not enough. They did not have a strong enough 4×400m relay team, especially without Jhevaughn Matherson who aggravated his injury after the 100m semis. If they finished 3rd or higher in the 4×400m relay, they could have won Champs. How? It would have been a tie with Calabar and they had the deeper team with more Gold medals. That was not accomplished though and Calabar’s Christopher Taylor anchored Calabar to victory, 6-love.


Suga’s Championship Girl is Gabrielle McDonald from Edwin Allen!

The quality and speed of the hurdling impressed me most of all this year. Tiny but mighty, Gabrielle smashed the Class 1 100m hurdles record, finishing in 13.12s and won the 400m hurdles open as well. She won in 56.53s ahead of the favourite from Holmwood, Nicolee Foster. Keep in mind that our Danielle Williams ran a PB of 12.57s to win the 100m hurdles at the 2015 World Champs. These young athletes have been running spectacular times. Keep it going Gabrielle!

Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen hurdling her way to victory. Photo: The Jamaica Gleaner

Suga’s Championship Boy is Christopher Taylor from Calabar!

Entering his first year in the Class 1 Boys, he won the 400m, the 200m and anchored his team to victory in the 4×400m relay. Bright future ahead from this humble, young man.

Christopher Taylor from Calabar after he took Calabar home to their 6th straight Champs victory

Congrats Edwin Allen and Calabar! Well done. Kudos to all the other schools as well that competed and help to put on an amazing show. There were surprises, injuries, false starts, tears, laughter, joy and numerous records broken.

See you all next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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