Immaculate: small team, big bite - Quarrie
Floyd Quarrie is in his fourth year at the helm of the Immaculate Conception High School track and field Team and it was a very confident coach who spoke to The Gleaner last Thursday, minutes before a training session at the Stadium East Complex.
"We have a little team, but we hoping to make a big bite," Quarrie said when asked about the expectations of his team ahead of this week's ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships.
"As usual, we have a young team as we're building from the bottom up, and we are full in classes four and three and we will make our presence felt," he said.
"Preparation has been going on well this season and the girls have been getting lots of personal bests. These helped to build on their self-confidence. Except for a few niggles here and there, we have little to complain about injuries and we are happy with where we are," he said.
Asked about a top 10 and a high finish as a Corporate Area team, his response was: "I see teams like Excelsior, Queen's and Camperdown as our main challengers, as they do have big squads and we are hoping to capitalise on any errors they do make so we can be among the top 10," he responded.
SOME EXPECTED TO SHINE
Quarrie singled out some of his charges who he expects to do well at the Championships. "We expect a lot from the likes of Tyefah Saunders, who was third in the Open Javelin last year; first year Class two athlete Shaunelle Wallace, who has been doing well in both the 100 and 200m; and young Hughasia Fyffe in the Class three sprints. She was second in the 100m at the Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet. Sprint hurdlers Jada Thomas and Aaliyah McDonald, and we also expect good results in Classes 1, 2 and three 4x100m relays", he said.
"We have been underdogs for the past couple years and we have been doing well, as we have been building. We have come to the point where we can make a big dent at these championships. We are hoping to raise a few eyebrows and have a few upsets and be in contention with the big girls," Quarrie said.