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Can KC upset C’bar?

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Calabar's Tyreke Wilson
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Class Two boys' 4x100m

Can KC

upset C'bar?

The Michael Clarke-coached Calabar High look a safe bet for this year's Gibson/McCook Relays Class Two 4x100m event at the National Stadium.

The team, which comprises 2014 Class Three speedballs Tyreke Wilson, Dejour Russell, Christopher Taylor and Michael Stephens, has to drop the baton to lose this race, according to one expert.

Main rivals Kingston College (KC) have the best chance of creating an upset against the overwhelming favourite. With last year's Class Two 100m silver and 200m gold medallist and this year's sprint double favourite, Jhevaughn Matherson, in their ranks, along with last year's 400m silver medallist, Nathaniel Bann, they will want to prove that they still rule the roost in Class Two.

Wilson, Russell, Taylor and Stephens combined to hand Calabar a record 116 out of 140 available points in Class Three at last year's Champs. They continue to impact in their first year in Class Two, posting the most impressive times in the event so far. The team doesn't appear to have any weakness, as they have reliable substitutes in Anthony Carpenter and Alex Robinson, so they can still lose a starting member and remain the main contender.

Their best performance came at the Camperdown Classic when they ran 41.08 second to easily beat Jamaica College (41.74) into second.

Kingston College was absent from the Camperdown Classic, as they participated at the Milo Western Relays that very same weekend, where they won the Class Two sprint relays in a meet record 41.98. They were without Bann for that race, and with him in the team for Gibson, Kingston College will no doubt fancy their chances of an upset.

While Matherson and Bann might be the main runners for KC, they also have strong competitors like Tyreke Bryan and Yashawn Hamilton, which shows that this race is not a foregone conclusion.

Neil Harrison, KC's coach, says the Calabar team is strong, but not unbeatable.

"It is obvious that they (Calabar) have a very strong unit and they will be difficult to beat, but I don't think it is beyond any team," he said.

He says they have the cast to push Calabar all the way, but he insisted that Gibson is not his objective.

"Gibson is not really a main focus for me. Champs is always the ultimate and I generally steer my team in that direction. So if it (victory) comes, it's a bonus, but the objective is Champs," he added.