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Hines looking to double at Champs

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Kimone Hines, the 2017 Western Championships class one 100m winner, is going for gold. Hines, an outgoing senior at Green Island High School, says she is looking forward to the ISSA GraceKennedy Boy's and Girl's Championships where she will do her best to win in both the 100m and 200m sprints. She was speaking just after winning the shorter event on Saturday at the Western Championships in Montego Bay.

The Green Island sixth former took the 100m in 11.95 seconds with a composed performance. Having won a bronze medal in the class one 100m behind Shellece Clark of Edwin Allen Comprehensive High in 2015, and a silver in the class one 200m last year while chasing Ashley Williams, then of Holmwood Technical, Hines has her eye on top spot. "I want to see if I can go for the gold, the 100 or the 200, because I got bronze and silver there already", she revealed, "so I'm, going to put in the work, train hard and see what I can get out of it."

She described her Western Champs race as 'great'. "I just went out there and all I have to do was just keep focused and have the confidence in myself and that's what I went out to do", she recalled.

Michael McIntosh, Hines' coach at Green Island, spoke highly of her Western Champs performance. "She executed all the phases that we have practised and she's on the bubble and she is destined to execute well come March and beyond."

When she heard his assessment, she was moved. "Oh my God", she exclaimed, "he made me cry, yes, honestly."

While she is the highest returner to the class one 200m, the Edwin Allen pair of Clarke and defending champion Patrice Moody will stand in her way in the 100m at Champs when it begins on March 28. Nevertheless, McIntosh is optimistic. "She has a very, very good chance", he said, noting that her best wind legal time at Western Champs last year was 12.14 seconds, the coach who tutored Odail Todd to the 2011 World Youth Championships gold in the 100 said, "That's a great improvement at this time of the year and with 41 days to go, or 40 days to go, I have the plan and she will execute it."

McIntosh has reduced her training load since Hines, who has 8 CXC passes, is busy with schoolwork. However, he is aiming to help Hines qualify for the Pan American Games. That could prepare her for the future which will also include university studies.

Her presence amongst the best high school sprinters in the country is remarkable for an athlete described by her coach as a late bloomer. He reckons that she has a bright future in the sport.

"She's very, very, very in tune with what is happening around her so I don't see her stopping here", he intoned about the young athlete. "I expect her to go as far as the Olympics, the World Championships and beyond", he concluded.

Hines completed her Western Champs career with second place in the 200m. That event was won by Debra Wallace of Herbert Morrison High School, 24.52 to 24.59 seconds for Hines.