Hyde targets sub-13 seconds for 110m hurdles
FOLLOWING his impressive performance at the weekend at the Carifta Trials when he closed a double by winning the Under-20 boys' 110 metres hurdles event in a personal best of 13.22 seconds, Wolmer's Boys' outstanding sixth form student, Jaheel Hyde is aiming for a sub-13 seconds clocking in the event.
Hyde, who surprised Jamaica College's Tyler Mason in the event at Champs last year, when he also won the 400 metres hurdles in a record time, will be defending both titles in two weeks' time at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
After his performances over the weekend, he appears now to be running against the clock.
"Despite starting my training late I am not surprised about the time I did because I still put in a lot of work and it paid off ... I can't wait for Champs because I expect something special," said Hyde, when asked about his fast time.
Faster than ever
He thinks he can go much faster.
"I am going to Champs to run fast, and I am very confident that I can go much faster as this was my first run in the event this season, and right now, sub-13 seconds is on my mind, and I am very confident as this is my aim for this year, and with God's will, hopefully I will do it," said Hyde.
The National Junior record in the event is 13.06 seconds, done by Mason in Eugene, Oregon, at the World Junior Championships.
Hyde is relishing the idea of adding the 110 hurdles to his National Junior record in the 400 metres hurdles.
Asked about competing at the National Senior Championships in July, he stated that his focus now is on the junior meets.
"Making the senior team is a plus and I am not thinking about the senior trials right now as my focus first is Champs, then Carifta Games and Pan Am Juniors and after these I will think on what's next," he said.
Hyde also stated that he is enjoying being a LIME ambassador.
"I am enjoying being a LIME ambassador and this is not affecting my school work and training and it is a great experience," he concluded.