The Jamaica High School Track and Field Championships "Champs" got on the way on Tuesday, March 12 and runs until Saturday, March 16 at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
It is the largest high school track and field championships in the world and is the the birthplace of World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt, Fraser, Veronica, Melanie Walker etc.
One of the stars of the meet is expected to be Delano Williams of Munro High School who won the sprint double last year and is hugely favored to repeat this year. He recently anchored a 4 x 400m relay team with a 44.8 leg at the Gibson Relay in February. He is expected to join Racers Track Club with Usain Bolt and Company when he graduates in June.
Is is bigger than the Texas and California Champs? California is more than ten times the Jamaican population (38,000,000 vs 2,600,000). The just serves to highlight the quality per unit in the sprints and now in some other events (especially for the women).
26mi235 wrote:Is is bigger than the Texas and California Champs? California is more than ten times the Jamaican population (38,000,000 vs 2,600,000). The just serves to highlight the quality per unit in the sprints and now in some other events (especially for the women).
Do you have 35,000+ people filling a stadium to watch HS athletes run in the US? I certainly don't think so. This happens every year at "Champs" in Jamaica.
So, would you actually explain what you mean by the "biggest" rather than calling names for someone that is not starting from the same default of context. My default thinking is that it means the most athletes; bodies in the stands do not necessarily constitute "big". By that measure, if they ran one race at the Rose Bowl, it would triple the size of the 35000 at the Jamaican Championships. Wisconsin played Minnesota in an outside ice hockey game in Chicago with something like 35-40,000 people in the stands. I do not think of that as the biggest hockey game of the year.
"Best attended" is more descriptive than "biggest".
hehe you seriously mean to tell us you dont understand why the Jamaican high school champs are bigger than the Texas state champs that almost nobody cares about ?
Or maybe the Texas state champs are watercoooler discussion material at your job; Forget March madness did anyone see the high jump at the Texas state championships ? i I cant wait to see the highlights on sports center
Wow! Great news piece on quite why Jamaica is producing so many sprint champions. I didn't realise the Champs are so brutal, a literal survival of the fittest as well as the most talented. No wonder with so much passion from little children onwards and through the whole population and such a ruthless system and such need to escape poverty that Jamaicans are so dominate by the time they hit world level.
Boys 16-19 100 Meter Dash CLASS 1 BOYS ============================================================================ Name Age Team Finals Wind ============================================================================ Finals 1 Delano Williams 18 Munro College 10.28 -0.7 2 Senoj-Jay Givans 18 Munro College 10.45 -0.7 3 Odail Todd 18 Green Island High 10.49 -0.7 4 Raheem Robinson 16 Wolmer's Hig 10.50 -0.7 5 Jevaughn Minzie 17 Bog Walk High 10.55 -0.7 6 Tevin-Lloyd Thompson 17 Kingston College 10.69 -0.7 7 Edward Clarke 16 Jamaica College 10.75 -0.7 8 Chadwayne Vidal 17 Green Island High 10.75 -0.7
The only possible event in high school that might draw as many as 35,000 Americans is if the kids drove cars around a paved circle like in a NASCAR race and there was a 50-50 chance of a pile up leading to carnage. We Americans really like our sports!