Dyke pleased with Edwin Allen’s early showing
AFTER two years of success, defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association girls champions Edwin Allen High will be hoping to make it three in March, and following his team's opening at Saturday's Purewater JC Invitational Michael Dyke is predicting just that.
"I am extremely pleased with the overall performance," said an upbeat Dyke.
Despite losing two of his top Class One throwers - Janelle Fullerton, who transferred to St Jago, and Paul Ann Gayle, who has gone overseas - Dyke is not deterred.
"It would have been good to have them back in the team, but their departure will not affect the performance as other girls in their shadows over the years have stepped up," he said.
Saturday was an indicator of this as Bristol O'Connor threw 43.72 metres to finish behind Fullerton, who won with the Class One discus in 47.54m.
The defending champions had a solid start in the middle and long distance events where they had top three finishes in all classes.
Dyke singled out the performance of young Cemore Donald, who clocked the fastest time of all three classes (2:19.30), to win the Class Three 800m.
"Cemore is the defending champion at Champs and what she did was awesome and I am confident that she is going to break the record at Champs," said Dyke.
Over the last three years Edwin Allen's jumpers have been the most impressive at Champs.
Dyke thinks his rivals are doomed again this year.
"Our jumpers were of high standard on Saturday and nothing will change for the remainder of the season."
The only members of this team yet to taste success are in Class Four, but Dyke is unconcerned about the present crop.
"Despite this going to be their first time competing I think the group is much stronger than last year," he said.
Dyke could be right as the Class Four girls dominated the 100 metres. Bethany Bridge led the way with 11.99 seconds. Patrece Clarke (12.51), Selieci Myles (12.66), and Jessica McLean (12.71) finished in the top eight overall.