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No luck for KC; C’bar almost ‘perfect’ - Harrison

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Kingston College's head coach, Neil Harrison (centre), congratulates Tiffany James of Papine High (left) and Camperdown High's Dawnalee Loney following the girls' Class One 400 metres at the 2015 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday. Loney won the event, while James placed second.

Kingston College (KC) track and field team's head coach, Neil Harrison, said Lady Luck neglected them and injuries cost them the Boys' Championships title this year.

The North Street-based school finished with 265 points, 15.5 behind four-time back-to-back champions, Calabar (280.50), at the National Stadium on Saturday.

However, Harrison, who took charge of the 'Purples' last summer, complimented his main rivals Calabar and their coach, Michael Clarke, who he thought were nearly "perfect" in their execution over the five days of competition.

"I think the Kingston College team showed a lot of courage, they were really courageous. We made a lot of mistakes in the early part of Champs. However, we fought gallantly and the boys lived up to expectations," he said.

"I believe if we had a little luck on our side, we could have pulled it off, but the dice just didn't roll our way. But I am grateful; things could have been worse, so we give God thanks for small mercies," he said.

"I think apart from Calabar's mishap in the 4x1 (Class Two, where they were disqualified) and to a lesser extent the medley relay, I thought they had pretty much a perfect Champs. Injuries really cost us this championship, but it comes with the territory, and we just have to wheel and come again next year," he continued.

 

capable coach

 

Harrison, who left Munro College after 17 years to join the Corporate Area institution, said despite not getting the top prize, he proved he was capable of leading KC to glory.

"This is my first year as head coach of Kingston College, and I believe we have showed to the public, the country and the spectators that I am a coach that can lead. There is no doubt about my character and my coaching qualities.

"It is a good start for me as the head coach of Kingston College and I really look forward to next year and, hopefully, we will come better next time," he said.

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