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Loney determined to be among best

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Dawnalee Loney of The Mico University College didn't win the 400m at last week's Jamaica Inter-collegiate Track and Field Championships, but she left with her resolve strengthened. Loney is eager to take her place amongst the nation's best and she believes she is on her way. Her bright outlook is based on how well her training is going currently.

Loney lost a competitive Inter-collegiate final to Verone Chambers of the G.C. Foster College, despite clocking a personal-best 52.08 seconds. "I had planned just to go out, run off the first curve, travel down the backstretch, try to cover as much ground as I can and then run off the 110, then keep my form in the straight", said the former Balaclava and Camperdown High School star minutes after the race.

"But when I saw Verone coming, I responded by leaning back at the last 20 metres, which I shouldn't have done," she confessed about an encounter that reversed the result of a race she won over Chambers a month ago at the G.C. Foster Classic, 52.36 to 52.40 seconds.

 

Determined

 

"I should have just maintained my form but I'll just go back to the drawing board and come back better the next time, because I'm determined to be one of the best," the Mico student athlete resolved.

Jamaica is especially good in the women's 400m at this time, but the 2015 Boys and Girls Championships Class one 400m winner isn't daunted. "I know I can get a spot in that group based on my hard work and my dedication," she said passionately, "and I know my abilities and my strength, and that's the best thing."

Her previous lifetime best was 52.35 seconds.

Loney, who hopes to run the 200m at this weekend's Utech Classic, to work on her finish, said, "Practice is great, just going hard every day, knowing what I want to push me forward."

She is benefiting from the knowledge of her coach, 1983 World 400m champion Bert Cameron. "That's really, really helpful because he tells us his experience so we may learn by his experience and others and just try to be the best that we can," she said.