ATHLETICS: Digicel Grand Prix Championships KINGSTON: Student-athletes broke 83 records, earning $1,660,000 in scholarships over the course of the six-meet 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which ended with the Grand Prix Finals at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport last Saturday. Any athlete who broke a meet record, Grand Prix record, or national junior record, earned $20,000 in scholarships to offset school expenses, which will be paid directly to the school he or she will attend in September 2016. Kingston College’s Class Two athlete, Zico Campbell, was a big winner, earning $100,000 in scholarships, after breaking five records over the course of the six meets. Excelsior High’s Shanice Love, the girls Under-20 discus Grand Prix champion, earned $60,000 for breaking three records, including a new Grand Prix final record in the Class One discus, in which she threw 50.39 metres to win. Athletes who won $40,000 each for breaking two records were St. Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield, Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown, Calabar High’s Kevroy Venson, Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan, Fiona Richards (Edwin Allen), St. Jago’s Keenan Lawrence, STETHS’ Sahjay Stevens, Shevan Parks of Bellefield, Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield, and Sanique Walker of Vere Technical, and Ashley Williams of St. Jago. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic and the Western Championships. The other meets in the series were the Central Athletics Championships, Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet, Camperdown Classic, and the G.C. Foster Classics. Edwin Allen and St. Jago High Schools emerged champion girl and boy school, respectively. Edwin Allen earned 237.6 points to be the leading girls’ school, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical with 153, Excelsior High137.3, St. Jago 114, and St. Elizabeth Technical 111, rounding out the top five. St. Jago boys earned 252 points to finish ahead of Calabar 184, St. Elizabeth Technical High 136, Kingston College 131, and Munro College 88, rounding out the top five.
Import Reggie Johnson and James Yap delivered the crucial jumpers at the crunch in a whirlwind finish that saw the Ginebra offensive machine conking out in the end.Yap again summoned his Most Valuable Player form, pumping in 18 points capped by a long triple with less than a minute left that practically foiled the Gin Kings’ bid to gain a commanding 2-0 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Everybody has written us off. Now it’s 1-1 and we have time to regroup,” said Johnson, highly efficient throughout with his team-high 25 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists.“We’re a confident bunch. We’re down 0-1 at the start, but we didn’t panic,” added the burly Rain or Shine enforcer. View comments MOST READ Game 3 is on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer will aim to sweep Alaska on Friday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.SMB coach Leo Austria is already looking at the Finals, which he said would be against sister team Ginebra.“It will be a good series against Ginebra because they are the hottest team in the league right now,” Austria said.The six-time PBA champion coach has picked up enough confidence to declare the Beermen’s passage to the championship after taking a 2-0 lead on Monday following a come-from-behind 105-94 win.Austria also observed the upgrade Ginebra made with the acquisition of gunner Jeff Chan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDon’t count out Rain or Shine yet.The Elasto Painters sent this message on Thursday night, gutting out a come-from-behind 109-100 win to level their best-of-five semifinal clash with fan-favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Picking up the pieces Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Electing to take it from afar instead of piercing the Rain or Shine defense in the middle, successive misses by Joe De Vance, Jeff Chan and Justin Brownlee from the arc accelerated their defeat to the disappointment of the pro-Ginebra crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“All I can say is we played great defense in the last three minutes of the game,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.While the spotlight trained on Johnson and Yap for that awesome finishing kick, Garcia credited Rey Nambatac for a masterful job off the bench.The rookie from Letran buried back-to-back three-pointers midway in the fourth that ignited the Elasto Painters’ end-game onslaught.“He (Nambatac) provided the spark and changed the complexion of the game while James and Reggie hit those big shots,” Garcia said.ADVERTISEMENT