It was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.
Lakewood 198, Jordan 284 Derek Smith shot a 1-over 37 at Skylinks and Tyler Ono shot 39 for the Lancers (4-1, 1-0) in their Moore League opener. Poly 377, Avalon 419 Eric Frazzetta shot a 2-over 66 for 18 holes at Avalon Golf Course, leading the Jackrabbits (2-2, 1-0) to victory in their Moore League opener. Fidel Rodriguez led the Lancers (0-1) with a 69. Thanks to a six-birdie performance, Los Alamitos High senior Jeff Lewis shot a remarkable round of 30 on Monday at El Dorado Park Golf Course and led the Griffins to a 182-206 nonleague victory over Downey. Lewis birdied six holes and parred the other three for a 6-under-par round. Los Alamitos coach John Haygood said the score was the lowest during his five years as coach. Miles Cole shot an even-par 36 for Los Alamitos (2-1) and Jonathan Saunders shot 38. Angel Hernandez led the Vikings (2-3) with a 39. Wilson 182, SJ Bosco 222 Taylor Latimer shot a 2-under 34 at Recreation Park to lead the Bruins (5-0) to a nonleague victory. Cerritos 186, Glenn 267 Kevin Tech shot an even-par 35 at La Mirada Golf Course to lead the Dons (2-1, 1-0) to victory in their Suburban League opener. Bellflower 258, Paramount 310 Dane Hustrulid shot an even-par 35 at Los Amigos to lead the Buccaneers (1-3) to a nonleague victory over the Pirates (0-4). Valley Chr. 201, R. Alamitos 257 Mike Dykema shot an even-par 36 at Willowwick Golf Course to lead the Crusaders (3-0) to a nonleague victory. Boys tennis Mayfair 9, Downey 9 Mayfair wins on games, 82-73 The Monsoons edged the Vikings in nonleague play. Kevin Tren and Abraham Sandoval each won twice in singles for Downey (2-2). Baseball Glenn 7, Santa Fe 0 Kirk Wallace allowed just one hit in a complete-game victory for the Eagles (1-1) at the Montebello Tournament. David Neff went 2 for 4 with a double and solo home run. Dominguez 6, Crenshaw 4 Adrian Garcia went 3 for 3 with two RBI, two runs and two stolen bases for the host Dons (2-0) in nonleague play. Kori Wimley pitched four innings for the victory. Softball Gahr 3, Mayfair 0 Roni Alvarado struck out 11 batters and allowed five hits for the visiting Gladiators (3-0) in nonleague play. Alyssa Morales and Grace Murray each went 2 for 3. Boys volleyball Palos Verdes 2, Valley Chr. 1 The Crusaders reached the semifinals of the 36-team Redondo Tournament before falling to Palos Verdes, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11. Macaine Piercy had 12 kills and Kevin King had 21 assists. Lynwood 3, Centennial 0 Andy Morales had 24 kills and six aces in the Knights’ 25-19, 25-9, 25-6 nonleague victory. La Mirada 3, California 0 Andrew Speth had 13 kills, 10 assists and four aces for the Matadores (1-0) in a 27-25, 25-23, 25-17 nonleague victory. Carson 3, Palisades 0 Paul Nihipali had 10 kills and five aces in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-20 nonleague victory. Girls swimming Poly 102, Huntington Beach 69 Kendall Starkman won the 200 freestyle (2:03.17) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.93) and swam on two winning relays for the Jackrabbits (2-0) in nonleague action. Boys swimming Poly 92, Huntington Beach 78 Julian Callanta won the 200 IM (1:10.43) and swam on a pair of winning relays for the Jackrabbits (1-1) in a nonleague meet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!