Six-time winners and defending champions Edwin Allen High School spent many years in the shadow of the behemoth Holmwood Technical High before finally getting the better of their arch-rivals at Girls’ Champs 2012. Here are some facts about the school:
- The team is coached by past student Michael Dyke, who has been at the helm of Edwin Allen’s track programme for more than 20 years.
- In a foul-up for the ages, an extra-high barrier was placed in Sherine Pinnock’s lane in the 2005 400m hurdles final. The defending champion lost her title to Alpha Academy’s Nickesha Wilson when the race was re-run days later.
- Ristananna Tracey erased Melaine Walker’s 10-year-old 400m hurdles record of 56.55 seconds when she clocked 55.81 in the final at Champs 2011. She became the first schoolgirl to dip below 56 seconds. That same year, she competed at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where she made the semi-finals despite a broken wrist.
- Ristananna and older sister Nikita packed a powerful 1-2 punch for Edwin Allen. They finished first and second in the 400m hurdles open final in 2009. That same year, they were the toast of the Penn Relays. Nikita claimed the 400m hurdles title and Rista anchored the school’s 4x400m relay team to a stunning victory. The sisters copped the Most Outstanding Individual and Relay Athlete awards.
- Christania Williams was the star of Edwin Allen’s 2014 victory. She ran the second fastest time ever at Girls’ Champs when she clocked 11.19 seconds – just .06 seconds off Veronica Campbell-Brown’s 2001 record of 11.13 seconds to take the class 1 100m.
Some information from Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence