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Calabar's Clarke hails 'special' Class Three

Published:Friday | March 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

Calabar High's track and field coach, Michael Clarke, says his team is 'well prepared' for next Tuesday's start of the 2014 Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.

"I don't like to make predictions as I can't predict what will happen in the future, but all I know is that the boys are well prepared and are ready to give of their best to optimise the plans set out from day one," Clarke said.

It has been an awesome season so far for the Red Hills Road-based school as they have produced some outstanding performances since the start of the season, and Clarke thinks his team is very strong all round.

"Our strength over the years is our ability to produce well-rounded teams, and this year's team is no different. We are very strong in Classes One and Three and our Class Two boys can hold their own.

"I am extremely pleased with our Class Three athletes as this is a special group, especially Christopher Taylor, who I think is very, very special, and who is very scary on the track and can compete in any event from 100 to 1500 metres as he has no limit," continued Clarke.

Rumours of injury

He also addressed recent rumours of injuries in his camp.

"Yes, there have been some niggling injuries here and there, and O'Hara (Michael) had a toe injury, and Francis (Jovan) also had a slight injury, but measures have been taken to correct these and they have got over their injuries and they will be healthy going into the championships," he said.

Many pundits have predicted that Calabar will win the boys' title by more than 60 points, but Clarke is keeping his feet on the ground.

"It has been unbelievable what I have been hearing from people about the (expected) margin of victory, but I do not get myself caught up with this. I am hoping, however, that these people are accurate, and at the end of the day, they will be satisfied with their projection," Clarke said.