It has been quite some time since Munro College (formerly Potsdam) last lifted the Boys’ Champs trophy, but the school has made its mark on the events over the years. Here are some facts about the school.
- Munro has won Boys’ Champs nine times. The last victory was in 1948.
- Munro scored 24 points to win the 1935 Championship Cup. This total, scored by other schools before and after Munro, is the second lowest winning total in the history of Champs (St George‘s won in 1925 with 23 points).
- Kingston College had denied Munro the 1942 crown by 1.5 points, but the school from St Elizabeth returned the favour in 1943 by the same margin.
- In 1945, the outstanding Lindy Delapenha famously participated in 16 events (eight heats and eight finals) over the then two-day Champs, something no other school boy had ever done. The team captain led from the front, winning the 880 yard and one-mile races, placing second in the 120 yard hurdles, the 220 yard dash and long jump; and third in the 110 and 440 yard races. This feat eventually prompted a change in the rules governing schoolboy athletics in Jamaica, reducing the number of events in which an athlete can participate.
- In 2012, Delano Williams, born in the Turks and Caicos Islands, won the Class One double (100m and 200m), becoming the first non-Jamaican to do so. Williams, who now competes for Great Britain, repeated the feat in 2013.
Source: Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence