Fit JC ready to seize moment if Calabar, KC slip at Champs
"We are the perennial underdogs, and we are comfortable operating from this standpoint."
Those are the ominous words of Jamaica's College (JC) track and field head coach, Orville Brown, who noted that they are fit and ready to seize upon any opportunity afforded by the leading contenders for the 2015 Inter-Secondary Schools Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships title.
The five-day championship will be held at the National Stadium from today and ends on Saturday. The Old Hope Road-based institution, which last won the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for boys' in 2001, finished third at the last championships.
They have captured the boys' championships on 21 occasions.
"Our boys are under less pressure, and so we are comfortable with this role," Brown said of the underdog tag.
"We have never been fancied contenders, even when we had a much stronger team, and so we are not listening to the noise in the market," he said. "We are focusing on maximising the output of the team."
no injury concerns
Brown added that his team's preparations have gone fairly well, and his athletes are in good health and raring to go.
"We are ready as we can be," Brown said. "One of the good things about our team is that we have very little to no injury concerns, because a healthy team is always a good team. We believe that we are as ready as can be.
Continuing, Brown said: "There is nothing that you can gain now from training, and so essentially, we are just focusing on the management and support elements and to make sure that the boys are comfortable and very focused and ready to compete."
However, Brown said if the main contenders for the title should they falter, JC will be right there to claim the title.
"We are the school for champions, and so winning is always on our minds, and so if the opportunity is there, then we will be working towards that," Brown said.
"We will surely be right there with the best of them, because we have done reasonably well heading into the championships," he added.
O'Brien Wasome, Clayton Brown, Jordan Roberts, and Jevaughn Baker are among some of JC's main athletes for the championships.
Brown stated he is expecting an outstanding performance from his 'Dark Blues' in the field events and vertical jumps.
"We are not littered with stars, but we have seasoned campaigners, people who will produce good results right across all classes."