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It’ll be tough – Bennett says to retain JISA/Seprod Prep Schools Athletics Champs title

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 5:00 AMNevada Morgan Wright
Shania Pottinger of Hydel Prep winning the Class Two girls 200 metres final at the 2014 JISA/Seprod Preparatory School Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
Bennett, Hydel Group of Schools' director of sports.
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It'll be tough to win - Bennett

Ferry-based Hydel Preparatory School is a household name in sports, when it comes to Prep School track and field.

Since winning their first title at the Prep School level in 2000, they have been unloading title after title, with a purple patch of 13 championships in the last 15 years.

The defending champions missed the cut in 2001 and 2005, when they failed to win the crown.

Notwithstanding, Hydel have won the Jamaica Independent Schools' Association (JISA) National Prep School Championships nine years in a row, dating back from 2006.

The St Catherine-based institution won last year's title by only five points after chalking up 207.5 to Vaz Prep's 202.5.

Their head coach, Corey Bennett, said the championship is hard to call, as it does not matter what happened during the development meets; it will all come down to what happens on the three days.

"This year, we have a lot of very good teams and it is not the usual two or three good teams, but I think there are at least five good teams out there, so it is going to be tough," Bennett predicted.

Hydel's squad is relatively small this year, with about 35 athletes. However, Bennett said they can score in most areas.

"It is not one of the more rounded squads, but I think we have a team that can score in most areas. So we will see how best we can fine-tune for the next couple of days to get things a little bit better for Prep Champs this week," Bennett said.

He believes his Class Three girls team is a decent one and expects to maximise on their talent to score the bulk of their points, even though they began training late.

"We've been training for about a month and a half to two months. We started training at the start of April, right after GSAT exams. It has been late, but it has been going steady and, hopefully, we can reap the fruits this week at Prep Champs." Bennett declared.