Jarrett hails Rusea's High track and field programme


Jarrett hails Rusea's High track and field programme

Observer West writer

Thursday, May 09, 2019

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Former Rusea's High athlete Jovanee Jarrett says she is pleased with the growth of track and field at the Lucea, Hanover school and is willing to assist — no matter how small —in helping the current athletes to excel.

Jarrett who hails from the parish capital, Lucea, and specialised in the long jump, watched with pride recently as Rusea's High athletes participate at the 125th Penn Relays in Philadelphia, USA, said she was amazed at the growth of the programme in the past few years.

“I am seeing tremendous growth in the programme and I am extremely proud,” she told the Jamaica Observer West at the Penn Relays, adding that “coming from when I was there, the growth is tremendous.”

Rusea's have won back-to-back Girls' Western Championships titles and scored over 400 points this year. They have also had several athletes who represented Jamaica at international championships under coach Roderick Myles.

Known more for their football prowess, Rusea's High have been slowly carving a niche in track and field, finishing fifth at the ISSA Girls' Champs this year and 10th in the boys' section.

Jarrett, who left Rusea's High in 2000 while in class 2 and transferred to St Jago High, said, “so much has happened since I was there”.

“For example, when I was at Rusea's I had no idea what the Penn Relays were at the time and now I see them competing here and doing well,” she stressed.

Jarrett, who recently retired from competition after representing Jamaica at several levels — from the juniors to two IAAF World Championships, the IAAF World Indoors as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland said she had tried to reach out to the track programme a few years ago, but failed to make contact.

Nonetheless, Jarrett, who also attended Auburn University in Alabama, and still resides in the United States, says she is still hoping to be able to make a contribution to the continued growth of the programme.

“I am not competing anymore, but there might be some way that I can help, even if it is to establish a relationship with the coach and the team, offer encouragement and some guidance,” she told the Observer West.

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