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Dyke: We can keep winning Champs

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:00 AM
File Members of the Edwin Allen track team celebrating.

Boasting a combination of one of the best coaching set-ups in the island and excellent support system, winning ISSA-GraceKennedy Girls' Championship coach Michael Dyke, reacted with little surprise to Edwin Allen High's fourth consecutive title at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Dyke, however, with five championships under his belt as a coach, is expecting the light blues to continue dominating their female rivals in coming seasons.

"Well, anybody would want to continue winning, and we have a structure that will enable us to continue winning once we continue to get the good support which we have been getting from the staff and principal. We have one of the best coaching staff anywhere in this country," a confident Dyke told The Gleaner.

The Frankfield, Clarendon-based school's depth and were too much for their main rivals.

Edwin finished top again with 316.5 points withstanding all challengers like Hydel in second, who they beat by 60.5 points, despite making mistakes and losing a number of points in events they previously dominated.

CHALLENGES

"This year, we had a lot of experienced girls in the team, and I think based on the challenges that we have had, if it wasn't for the experience, probably we would have faltered, but those girls helped to motivate and lift the team, and despite the challenges, were able to keep them off," Dyke said.

The other top five teams in the standings were St Jago High, third with 246 points, Holmwood Technical, fourth with 243, and Vere Technical with 125.5.

"We ensure that we put structures in place.... Once you have that, it will go well with the athletes, and it will materialise in our favour," he continued.

"I am excited at this time, very happy due to the fact that we came here to defend our Girls Championships title, and we have done it successfully.

"It was somewhat challenging in the initial stage, but the girls stuck to the task and did what we expected of them," he said.

Edwin will head into a break before members of the team start preparations for the Penn Relays and the Carifta Games.

- S.F.