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Get the broom? - James targets XLCR high jump sweep

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
High jumper Shantae Foreman of Excelsior celebrates her victory and new record in the Class Three event with her coach, Gavin James, at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at The National Stadium, yesterday.

Like he did at the Corporate Area Championships, Gavin James, Excelsior High School's high jump coach, is looking to sweep all the high jump events on the girls' side at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships this year after high-flyer Shantae Foreman broke her record to win the Class Three event yesterday.

Foreman soared to 1.80m at the National Stadium to retain her title, while erasing her previous mark of 1.79 metres.

Her teammate Daniels Hinds, finished third with 1.68m. Annishka McDonald of Vere Technical won the silver medal, clearing 1.71 metres.

"I am hoping to repeat that performance we had at Corporate Area," James told The Gleaner. "The girls have come into their own this year. Since I have been at Excelsior from 2010, we have been putting in the work, and this set of girls has shown real interest, and we have been working with them, and I am proud to see where they are now."

James has at least one entrant in all four high jump finals, with Teddyann Arthurs qualifying for the Class Four finals yesterday morning, clearing 1.55m. Kaliah Jones cleared 1.70 easily on Wednesday to qualify for the Class Two final scheduled for 2:05 p.m. tomorrow. Ruchelle Jones, the Class One jumper, also qualified easily.

"[Janique] Burger from Edwin Allen is a good athlete, but I think Kaliah is just as good, and we have been working on some light stuff and if we get it right, she should do well. She looked really good in the preliminaries, and if everything is good, I expect her to jump 1.80m," James said.

Foreman attempted to clear 1.82m, the qualifying mark for the World Under-20 Championships, but the 15-year-old failed on all three attempts.

"We were aiming for that, and I think she can do it, but we have another chance at the Carifta Games," James said. "The objective is to clear 1.82m to qualify for the World Juniors."