STETHS banking on boys' Class One 4x100m
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Though not having a realistic chance of copping this year's coveted Boys' Championships title, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) boys' track and field team will be seeking to improve on their performance last year, which saw them amass 34 points to finish 11th. They are looking to make more of an impact at the four-day annual meet, which gets under way next week Wednesday.
"We are aiming to be in the top seven as we have some guys who we expect to do well," coach of the male track and field team and vice-principal, Eldemire Smith, declared. "If we score over 60 points and finish in the top seven, we would be very glad," he added, while conceding that the school is at a developmental stage.
Next three years
He expects the work being put in now to come to fruition in the next three years when their Class Four team reaches full maturity.
"I have a good Class Four team, which I am running as Class Three, and we have some areas we are working on, such as our high jumps and the throws," Smith said. "We have athletes in the long jump, but the high jump and the throws are our weak areas. We are taking steps to cover those and, hopefully, everything will fall into place in the next two or three years," he expounded.
Smith is expecting something special from his Class One boys' 4x100m team.
"We expect our 4x100m Class One team to take their event and run under 40 seconds at champs," Smith disclosed, before going on to cite some other athletes whom he expects to produce notable performances.
Smith said: "In Class One, which is our strongest class, we expect Andrew Fisher and Ronnell Deer to do well in the 100m, Kemarley Brown in the 400m and Dewayne Hibert in the 1500m and 5000m. In Class Two, we expect Denval Daley to do well in the 200m, Davian Dennis in the 110m hurdles, Julio Edwards in the 100m, and we also expect the Class Two 4x100m team to do well."
Weak class three team
He said the Class Three team was weak but anticipates Akeem Patterson to represent the school well in the long jump, and for the 4x400m and the medley teams to also acquit themselves well.
Despite pointing out that the team's preparation has been going well, he declared that they were facing some challenges.
"We are not a boarding school, so we have a lot of problems in terms of getting athletes to train," Smith shared. "Gym is another problem for us, because we don't have one, so we have to be improvising.
"I believe that the gym situation has also affected us in the field, as you have to be very strong to do the field events," he added.