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Champs Memories!

first_imgIt 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.last_img read more

Fallen officers may be honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hahn estimates the cost of the signs will be approximately $3,000. The department would like to place signs in both the northbound and southbound directions. “We are hoping to get it passed by the anniversary in 2006,” Hahn said. “Usually there’s no problem in getting these through.” Officer John Jordon of the CHP’s Sacramento office said there may be a delay because the resolutions have yet to be introduced. “There’s a chance it will be late March; then by the time it works its way through committees, it might be the latter part of 2006,” Jordon said. “By the time funds are acquired, it will probably be dedicated in 2007.” Until then, four sturdy cypress trees and a brass plaque in front of the CHP Newhall office on The Old Road tell the story of the fallen officers, less than a mile from their last stand, unnoticed by traffic whizzing by on the nearby freeway. NEWHALL – The wheels are in motion to dedicate a half-mile stretch of the Golden State Freeway between Magic Mountain Parkway and Rye Canyon Road to four fallen California Highway Patrol officers who died nearby on April 6, 1970. The four officers – George Alleyn, Walter Frago, Roger Gore and James Pence – were killed in a 4-minute gunbattle that changed forever the way police officers respond to traffic stops. Even though 35 years have passed since that fateful night when two armed robbers opened fire on the officers, the “Newhall Incident” is considered the worst tragedy in CHP history. Officer Wendy Hahn, who wrote the proposed resolutions honoring her slain colleagues, said that passing the legislation is only the first step. After it is approved, the department must then raise money to pay for freeway signs dedicating the stretch to the four officers. “Because there are four names, the signs have to be a little bit bigger,” she said. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more