Dyke not surprised by Edwin showing
Going into the Gibson McCook Relays last Saturday inside the National Stadium, it was odds on for national high school female champions, Edwin Allen, to dominate the day's proceedings and were favoured to win at least five of the relays. However, with Hydel coming to the party, making up for their average performance at the Milo Western Relays, and Holmwood doing well, it was very competitive among the girls. The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen team was only able to win three events - the 4x100m for Classes One and Three, and the Open 4x800m.
It was quality performances from the team, however, as there were two records, the 4x100m Class Three in 44.91 seconds and the 4x800m in 8:47.71. On both occasions, the records removed were held by Holmwood Technical. Despite not winning the expected many events, Dyke was very pleased with the team's showing, especially their Class Three quartet of Saleica Myles, Kavona Davis, Lisandra Brown and Shanique Rowe. They became the first Class Three team in history to go under 45 seconds. This was undoubtedly the most outstanding performance of the meet.
Dyke said that he was not surprised by the fast time done by his team. "I'm not surprised that they ran that fast, because I have been impressed with them in training due to their cohesiveness and their execution. I knew that they were going to do something special," Dyke said in an interview with The Gleaner minutes after the event.
"Credit to all the girls, especially that blazing second leg by Davis, whose run played a significant role in the new time. Their passes were just flawless," he continued.
Dyke said the girls had been working hard since their Class Four days. "Except for Myles, the other three have been together as a team since their Class Four days when the team dipped under 47 seconds at Champs two years ago. They know each other's style well and this made it simple for them," he said.
Dyke said the performance by his young team made up for the mishap in Class Four. "My Class Four team was on target to do something special in their event, but there was a mishap between my second and third-leg runner, and they did not complete the race. I sympathise with them as they are young, but the Class Three girls made up for that disappointment," he added.
He continued that his team was on target to win another title at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships this year.