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KC's Stennett ready to star at Champs

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 12:16 AMShayne Fairman
Stennett

Kingston College's (KC) Terrique Stennett will be aiming to give his all on the track at this month's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships 'to help make Class Three KC's turf.'

The talented Stennett was a member of KC's Class Three 4x100m relay team which swept to an easy win at the 41st Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium recently.

KC finished in a 43.35 seconds, ahead of St Jago 44.08 and Jamaica College 44.18.

Speaking with The Gleaner the teen said he is confident of medalling at the eagerly anticipated championships.

"Well I feel great about the season so far, knowing that at all the meets I have been to, I executed my races properly and my times have been improving over the season, so I am grateful," he reasoned.

"So far I have ran 11.10 seconds for the 100m and 23.17 for the 200m," he pointed out, noting he has the ability to go much faster.

"I will definitely be going for gold this year, and yes I think I am one of the Class Three favourites for gold in the sprints," he underlined.

In 2015, young Stennett, running for Vaz Prep, rewrote the record books in his final year at the JISA Prep Schools Track and Field Championships.

He shattered the 100m record of 11.86 set by Taje-Roje Scott of St. Andrew Prep in 2013, clocking 11.63 in the semi-finals on day 2 of the three-day meet.

He made light work of the 200m record of 24.43 set by Hydel's Jordan James in 2009 when he blazed to 23.79 in the rain, despite turning to the crowd to celebrate 15 metres from the finish line.

The athlete has been recovering from injuries he picked up last year, and notes the signs are encouraging.

"I can get much much, much faster .... I am not fully injury-free but I am getting there," added the young sprinter.