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Track and field experts, who have been following the championships for many years, and have been analyzing the athletes during the early development meetings, are backing the defending champions, Edwin Allen High School and Calabar High School to retain their respective team titles.
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According to the 2016 Champs Preview, a magazine published annually, and was released last Friday, Edwin Allen is expected to blow away all their rivals in the race for the women’s team title.
Last year, the two-time defending champions won by 100 points over Hydel and this year’s prediction magazine have them repeating with a similar point spread.
On the boys’ side, the 2016 Champs Preview magazine gives Calabar a 34-point margin over fierce title rivals Kingston College, but some experts believe that it could be closer.
Both Calabar and KC are spoiled with talents in their respective squads, but things don’t always go according to the books and the front-runners could miss out in a few of the events that they are predicted to score big in.
For Kingston College, the health of Jhevaughn Matherson and Akeem Bloomfield will be vital in their push to win the boys title this year.
Calabar are hoping to score big with Christopher Taylor, the heavy favourite to win the Class Two boys’ 200m and 400m double.
Taylor, according to the 2016 Champs preview magazine, is expected to share the bulk of the title defense weight with Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Warren Barrett.
Russell is the reigning Class Two 100m and 110m hurdles champion while Stephens is expected to do the work left behind by the injured Tyreke Wilson.
Warren Barrett is the man the champions are hoping to lead the way in the Class One events.
Besides Kingston College and Calabar, former champions Jamaica College (JC) are also expected to challenge for the 2016 Champs boys title.
Among the team’s set to battle Edwin Allen for the girls’ crown are Hydel High, Holmwood Technical and St Jago High.