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Matherson convinced KC can win Champs

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 2:00 AMShayne Fairman

Kingston College (KC) standout sprinter, Jhevaughn Matherson, one of the athletes on whom KC's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships title ambitions to dethrone Calabar High School rests, is looking to clock fast times and help his school win the championship next month.

Matherson has personal bests of 10.37 in the 100 metres and 20.97 over 200 metres.

There was agony for KC last year when he aggravated an injury which forced him out of the Class Two boys' 200m, as they eventually slumped to a 15.5-point loss to Calabar.

This year, however, the athlete maintains he is eyeing nothing less than glory.

"I know I am a champion, so it's just my competitive drive that is my motivation," he said.

"There is always going to be major expectations, but season after season it gets better handling them. The main aim is to break 21.00 seconds in the 200m and go low 10 seconds in the 100m, 10.10 if possible, that's the aim right now," he assured in an interview.

A fight for bragging rights and the prestigious Mortimer Geddes Trophy will again ensue from March 15-19 between four-time consecutive champions Calabar High and their bitter rivals KC inside the National Stadium.

The Purples have won the title 31 times, Calabar High 24 and Jamaica College third with 21 titles.

BETTING ON HIS TEAM

"Calabar are incredible competitors, but I have to go with my school for this one. You can't count out yourself," stressed Matherson.

He recently sizzled with a smooth 21.69 on return from injury in the Class One boys' 200m at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.

Many are contending that the Red Hills Road-based institution will cop title number 25 this year, but the sprinter says his school will be coming all out to stop them.

"We are all confident, we think we can get it this year (win Champs), we are just motivating the younger guys and see if they can repeat what we the seniors do," he outlined.

The KC star stressed that people can expect "medals and possibly records".