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Taylor looks to soar at West Virginia

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Krista-Gay Taylor winning the Under-20 Girls' High Jump during the National Juniors Championships at the National Stadium in June. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

ALPHA Academy's outstanding high jumper, Krista-Gay Taylor, will leave the island today to take up a four-year track and field scholarship at West Virginia University in the United States.

Taylor, the National Junior champion, won the Championships of Americas title at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Taylor, who just completed sixth form, had her best season in the event this year, as at the National Championships, she put herself in the record books after clearing a personal best 1.82 metres, a mark she equalled at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where she reached the final of the event.

Taylor will be coached by former national junior representative, Shelly Ann Gallimore, who is in her sixth year at that institution and who coaches both the horizontal and vertical jumps.

Taylor, who has 10 CXC passes, will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.

"I want to progress as much as possible in my high jump, and I also want to achieve a Bachelor's degree, and I am confident in achieving both goals. Although I got several other offers from other colleges, I chose West Virginia because I did my research and found out that Gallimore is an excellent coach and the school has a very good jumps programme," said Taylor.

She will be the second student-athlete from Alpha attending that institution on a track and field scholarship in recent times, following in the footsteps of sprint-hurdler Chene Townsend, who recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree.