Four leave for Miami meet today
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
National Junior High Schools' champions, John Mills, are among four schools scheduled to depart the island today for the Northwest Track and Field Classic, which will be held at the Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, Florida, from June 8-10.
Other schools leaving are Windward Road Primary and Junior High, Constant Spring Primary and Junior High, and Sts Peter and Paul Prep. Meanwhile, St Benedict's Primary, Spanish Town Primary and St Richard's Primary are scheduled to depart tomorrow.
John Mills, who have dominated the meet over the past five years, captured 15 medals at last year's championships, including eight gold, four silver and three bronze.
Ransford Spaulding, coach of the Retirement Road-based John Mills, said: "I am expecting a good performance from my athletes, even though some of my top athletes will not be attending the championships because they were denied US visas."
Kristoph Darby and Joshua Darby will lead John Mills' hunt for medals, while on the girls' side, Tanika Williams and Tamoy Williams will lead their charge.
In the meantime, Javaun Moore, coach of Sts Peter and Paul, who won 11 medals at last year's championships, is confident his team can surpass that total.
"We are aiming to better our performance from last year because my team performed excellently at the last week's Prep Champs, and also a number of development meets," said Moore.
Windward's Road's coach, Owen Henry, whose team captured one medal at the last year's cham-pionships, anticipates a good showing from his athletes.
"We are hoping to win a lot more medals because we will be taking some athletes who performed well at the Junior High Championships this year," said Henry. "My athletes have been working really hard in training and they want to make their parents and themselves very proud."