Sergeant marshalling middle-distance troops
Having swept the top three positions in the men's one mile open run at the highly rated Gibson/McCook Relays at the National Stadium last Saturday, coach Milton Sergeant believes his Maximum Aerobic Club will be an exciting project in coming years.
The Spalding-based athletes Chadoye Dawson was first in four minutes 20.15 seconds; followed by Kevin Campbell, 4:22.46' and Ainsworth Daley 4:23.45. Kingston College's Shane Buchanan (4:24.87) was fourth.
Added to Saturday's triumph, they were winning their fourth consecutive title. They won the 4x800m at the S.W. Isaac Henry Invitational, Central and Hurdles Relays and Western Relays, respectively.
"I would like to see these athletes being able to compete with the elite athletes of Kenya and other parts of the world because it is believed we are only good in the sprints. But I believe that we can also do well in the middle distances, especially in the 800 and 1500 metres," Sergeant shared.
The club started last year and Sergeant, who has been coaching for about 12 years, has seven male athletes at the club where he works alongside assistant Jason Clowson.
"This is my passion. I was an 800, 1500 and 5,000-metre athlete. I've always been producing middle distance athletes who have been producing well at Champs," he told The Gleaner in an interview.
Sergeant ran for Holmwood Technical during his early years and has since coached at his alma mater, as well as Foga Road and Spalding High schools.
"At present I have seven men that I am working with. Most of them are under the age of 24. The bulk of them are athletes I have already coached in high school and have already gone like one minute, 51.55 seconds. We are really seeing if I can basically start an Olympic cycle program for them, so I am looking for them in the next four years to be running 3:36 and 800s in 1:43 or 1:44," he pointed out.
Presently, Sergeant admits he gets very' good' support from Ludlow Watts. Otherwise, he is funding his project by himself and calls for assistance.
"I am doing it basically by myself. One Mr Ludlow Watts is giving me very good assistance. There are times when I would call them and they would give me track shoes and spikes and he believes in the program."
He added that Watts, a treasurer of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), has encouraged his dream and helped him out with two of his athletes getting about $30,000 per month from the JAAA.