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Dyke not worried about Edwin Allen's losses

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

THE highly anticipated 2015 track and field season will get underway tomorrow with the Pure Water Invitational meet at Jamaica College, set for an 8:30 a.m.

Despite being the first meet on the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) calendar, fans can expect a lot of fireworks as following the completion of last season, a lot of things have changed coming into this year.

All eyes will be on defending Girls champions Edwin Allen as they have suffered the biggest loss of athletes during the offseason leaving many to think that their reign could be for only year. With St Catherine - based teams, St Jago and Hydel shaping up to once again provide lively competition for the girls title at Champs in March, tomorrow's meet will provide some early markers.

Lost top throwing coac

Not only has Edwin Allen's coach, Michael Dyke, lost most of his powerful Class I team from last year, he will also have to contend with the loss of their top throwing coach in Marlon Gayle, who is now a part of the St Jago coaching staff.

Despite all of these, coach Dyke is not worried about his opposition and come tomorrow, he is hoping to send out a strong message to his main rivals.

"We will be coming out with most of our girls as we want them, especially the new ones to achieve qualifying standards early and the public will get a glimpse of what will happen for the remainder of the season as we still have a strong unit," insists Dyke.

Dyke gave a lot of credit to Gayle for his work done with the team over the years but does not think his departure will stop the Edwin Allen train from rolling.

"Marlon (Gayle) has done well over the years with the team, but most of the girls he worked with are in Class I, and we are very strong in the other classes as plans were put in place, and the team is more united now than before and the girls are more motivated and they want to prove a point," said Dyke.