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Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

No one knows the ups and downs of hurdling like Megan Tapper, but the 25-year-old Jamaican has placed her trust in the Most High and is targeting the 2019 World Championships. Moreover, the MVP Track Club member is putting in the work that will...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

For the third year in a row, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships’ Class Two 100-metre hurdles record has fallen. On Saturday, March 30, Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High School advanced the standard to 12.91 seconds. Her...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When Travis Williams took the baton across the line for Excelsior High School’s 4x400 metres team at last week’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, it ended a 51-year wait for a win in the four-lap relay. David Riley,...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:17 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Petersfield head coach Machel Woolery has been telling the tale that the outstanding Antonio Watson has been hearing footsteps in practice. Back at full speed after an early-season niggle, Watson is back to the form that has won him titles at home...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Shaquena Foote has scored points aplenty for Petersfield High School at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Until today, those scores have come in the middle-distance events. Yesterday morning, Foote began her quest in a...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Without a doubt, Calabar High School and Kingston College (KC) have dominated the male side of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship since 1999. With eight wins apiece, Calabar and KC match each other year after year with...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:15 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Two schools have thoroughly dominated the girls’ team competition since the merger of Boys’ Championships with Girls Championships in 1999 – Holmwood Technical and Edwin Allen High. In fact, since Holmwood’s first victory in 2003, these are the...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:27 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

As ISSA prepared to stage the second merged Boys and Girls’ Championships, two throwers stood heads and shoulders over the rest – Orville Byfield of Kingston College and Maurice Smith of Calabar. The scene had been set by two epic clashes in the...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When news broke yesterday of the passing of 1948 Olympic 100 metre finalist Cynthia Thompson, the sad reality drew a collective sigh from Jamaica’s track and field fraternity. Thompson, the first Jamaican, male or female, to reach an Olympic 100...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Last year, Ronald Levy joined the short list of Jamaicans who have won the sprint hurdles at the Commonwealth Games. This year, Levy has his sights locked on the World Championships. In addition, he wants to hurdle past the 13-second barrier. Levy...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Along with double World Under-20 champion Briana Williams, Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen is one of Jamaica’s brightest young sprint prospects. Her coach, Michael Dyke, is bringing Davis along slowly in 2019, with a view of keeping her healthy....

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The recently completed Central Championships were a personal showcase for Anthony Cox, the 2017 World Under-18 400 metres finalist. Competing for York Castle High School, Cox snipped a fraction off the meet record after giving it a scare in the...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

National 100-metre champion Tyquendo Tracey believes that Jamaican sprinting will soon “show out” again. Positioned after a solid 2018 season to be part of the renaissance, Tracey says Jamaica always has good athletes. For himself, he is focused on...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In his last race for St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Jauvaney James produced a stunningly well-paced effort in the 4x800 metres at the 2018 Penn Relays. Though victory and the meet record went to a fine Calabar High School team, James...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:27 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Dr Gregory Haughton, Olympic medal winner and now mental-preparation expert, says a gold medal he won 20 years ago turned his track and field career around. Haughton says victory over a tough field at the 1999 Pan American Games revived his spirits...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-seven years ago, the Jamaica College (JC) Class One team gave a banner performance at the Gibson McCook Relays. Led by silky smooth Rudolph Mighty, the boys in blue won the 4x100m and 4x200m in record time and added the 4x400m for good...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The installation of a new athletics facility has energised all involved in track and field at Jamaica College (JC). Team manager Ian Forbes says the athletes, coaches and the squad’s managers are all now highly motivated. He also expects that the...

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Calabar High’s captain, Christopher Taylor, is on a short list of young Jamaican athletes who have their eyes on the senior World Championships. Earlier this month, Taylor revealed his training is targeted at those Championships, which begin...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Discus ace Fedrick Dacres was so good all year long that there is no question about who Jamaica's 2018 track and field athlete of the year is.Big throws and big wins at the Commonwealth and Central American and Caribbean games, the North American,...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Eliud Kipchoge really is the male track and field athlete of the year. That was confirmed when the respected British journal Athletics Weekly named the Kenyan marathon maestro as its Readers Choice International Athlete of the Year. That followed...

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Peter Kavanaugh may be the forerunner in a new wave of Jamaican table tennis coaches teaching the game in the region, but he's no newcomer. Inspired by a Caribbean hero, Kavanaugh has been playing and coaching the game for decades. Having just...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Usually, track and field fans know exactly where they will go when the local high school season begins. In 2019, necessary work on track facilities may force some changes. Earlier this week, it was announced that the Western Relays will move from...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Peter Kavanaugh, a Jamaican table-tennis coach from Mandeville, returned home yesterday after conducting a training course in Grenada. Kavanaugh's visit to the Spice Isle follows interest from countries in the region in the services of Jamaican...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Reigning World 100 metre-champion, Justin Gatlin believes he can defend his title when Doha hosts the 17th World Championships next year. Gatlin, 36, thinks his experience in big meets will count when the starter raises his pistol."I think I am the...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Recently retired Jamaican sprinter Kerron Stewart hopes that female athletes will one day be paid the same as their male counterparts. Stewart voiced the sentiment in an interview published this week by Athletics Weekly, a British track and field...

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