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Munro buoyed by recent successes

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Orin Gordon, Munro College head coach.

Following Tuesday night's TVJ Schools' Challenge Quiz title win, Munro College's Track and field head coach, Orin Gordon has told his charges, "We are on a high now, so let's aim for at least nine medals at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships."

The St Elizabeth-based Boys' school made a stunning comeback Tuesday night, beating defending champions, Titchfield High 27-24 to take - their sixth hold of the prestigious 48-year-old trophy.

The team, which would have been journeying to their guest house in Kingston on Tuesday night, did not get to watch the match live, but followed keenly and with much anticipation.

"I have been appealing to our athletes to use this (TVJ Schools' Challenge Quiz) as an inspiration going forward to the rest of this championships.

"This year, in comparison to other years, we have a smaller team, but the quality is a little bit higher over the past two years," he said.

Munro are not new to winning, however, having won the Boys Championships trophy a total of eight times, the rural-area school has seen a long trophy drought, with 69 years passing without winning the country's premier high school athletics title.

HOPING FOR MEDALS

As coach, Gordon has an ambition for his team this year, with three athletes moving on to semi-finals, and four to the respective Boys finals.

"If we could get two (or) three gold, silver and bronze, that would be a good achievement for us.

"The mere fact that you medal, and to win anything at these championships is an overall victory," he reasoned.

Though Munro has had multiple titles at the annual championships, Gordon maintains that it is almost impossible for them to win this year, or any time soon, due to a lack of recruiting of athletes by his institution.

Meanwhile, assistant coach Omar Bryan backed his coach, noting that the College is on a high right now, from winning the quiz and under-19 boys hockey title, which the school claimed in a 2-1 win over Excelsior High recently.

"We are really happy and on a high, and things are looking good. We like it," he admitted, while hoping the school could finish close to the top five this year.

- S.F.