A two-day Inter-Schools’ Athletics Championship is scheduled at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex from Thursday, March 22-23 with 816 students (408 males and 408 females) from 34 senior and junior high schools in Monrovia.
Some of the schools are African Dream Academy, Brighter Future Academy, Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School, Paynesville SSA High School, Effort Baptist Church School, Kula Memorial School, Kingdom Foundation Institute, Jimmy Jolocon High School, Patrick Jallah High School, and St. Kizito Catholic School.
Others are Jahzjet Children’s Mission School, Kendeja Jr. School, Ymca High School, Charity Community School System, Boby Of Christ Int’l Mission School System, Maranatha Baptist School, William V.S. Tubman High School, Voa 1 Academy, Upper Calwell Community School and Light Academy.
The rest are Growing Seed School System, Soltiamon Christian School System, New Destiny Christian High School, Calvary Chapel Mission School, Ricks Institute, Liberty School System, B.W. Harris, Wells Hairston High School, Body Of Christ Academy, Kendeja Sr. School, SDA Revelation High, Hope International School, Noah’s Ark School, E. Jonathan Goodridge High School And Lombardia High School.
The co-chairman of the organizing committee Coach Samuel Cooper told journalists yesterday that 18 out of the 34 schools as of yesterday have confirmed their participation and would provide four athletes to form a team representing their respective institutions.
Coach Cooper said before or by Thursday, the LAF is confident that all the 34 high schools would confirm their participation. He said on Thursday, there will ten events and the final events will be on Friday.
The events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Others include 100 x 4 Relay, 4 x 400 Relay, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.
He said the first three winners will be given trophies and medals.
“The championship is intended to select the best track and field schools and select potential athletes to join the already Lone Star Track and Field Teams in the ECOWAS Junior Championship in Cape Coast, Ghana; the African Youth Championship in Algeria as well as the World Youth Olympic Games.
The president of the LAF, Mr. Mulbah Zaza also told journalists that representatives from Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) are to attend the Interschool Championship.
Jolocon High School will defend their title they retained during the 2016 ISSA Athletics Championship. The male and female teams of the Cobra Kingdom of the Jimmy Jolocon High School earned a total of 72 points, nine gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals. They won in nine events: 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump and Shot Put.
The Kingdom Foundation High School emerged second with 58 points in the 2017 Championship and both the male and female teams got eight gold medals, five silver medals, and three bronze medals.
The third place title was won by the St. Kizito Catholic High School, with 15 points with three silver and six bronze medals.
Effort Baptist and S. Patrick Jallah Schools won the 4th and 5th places respectively. Effort Baptist had one gold medal, two silver medals, and a bronze medal, while S. Patrick Jallah School got a gold medal, silver medal, and two bronze medals.