The Queen’s School’s only Girls’ Champs title came in 1978, but the school has had creditable performances in the years since. Here are some facts:
- Queen’s is the last Kingston school to win Girls Champs. It is also the last all-girls school to win.
- The most famous Queen’s alumna in sports is Grace Jackson. She helped the school dominate class 3 during the 1976 meet, breaking the high jump and 150m records, then joining Sheryl Stern, Allison Jones and Sharol Henry to break the sprint relay record three times. They ran 48.8 seconds in the heat, 48.4 in the semis and 48.3 in the finals to leave the old mark of 50.1 seconds in tatters. The quartet of Stern, Jones, Henry and Jackson returned in 1978 to smash the class 2 record as well.
- In 1977, Henry produced a massive leap in the long jump, 19ft 7.5in, to smash not only the previous class 2 record of 18ft 8in, but far surpass the class 1 mark of 18ft 6.5in as well.
- Carrie Russell, a St Thomas Technical transfer, was a standout for Queen’s as well. She led off the 2013 World Champs 4x100m relay team that won gold in a championship record 41.29 seconds.
Some information from Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence