Green Island's Symester targets strong start
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Green Island High School's 400-metre hurdler, Neeno Symester, is already sizing up his rivals ahead of the 2015 track and field season, even as he prepares for his first race at the County of Cornwall Athletics Association's (COCAA) Invitational Meet at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School on Saturday.
The tall, powerfully built 19-year-old told The Gleaner he has big aspirations for the season, beginning with a strong performance on Saturday.
"This is going to be a long track season for me, and I hope, first of all, to remain fresh, fit and injury free. But my focus now is on Saturday, which is my first meet of the year.
"I am hoping to do well, although time is not the first measuring stick. I am hoping to post a good times, yes, but getting through the race and looking at my rivals is also important," Symester said.
He was being put through his paces in a training session by the respected track and field coach, Michael McIntosh.
"Plenty is expected of Symester, not just this year, but beyond. He is one of our athletes that should bring us gold at Champs and stake a claim as a member of Jamaica's team to the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China," McIntosh said.
Symester, along with teammates Rojay Drummond, Dwayne Grant and Oshane Hylton, form a very formidable Class One 4x400m relay quartet, one which coach McIntosh has high expectations of.
"Symester is one of our class athletes, and when we paired him with Drummond, who I am certain you will hear a lot more about in the future, and Hylton and Grant, then I can see us doing great things with this four," McIntosh predicted.
The 400m hurdles, Symester said, is the most technical of hurdles races, as he has to maintain speed, timing and technique to compete successfully.
Having run in the high 48's last year, Symester is targeting the low 48's this year, as he looks towards becoming a success at the senior level.