Racers' Stewart, Calvert, Tracey move on

...Day, Morrison get MVP boot

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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A number of Jamaica's elite athletes have parted ways with the two leading local professional clubs -- MVP and Racers Track Club -- for one reason or another, it has been said.


Olympic 2008 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert and Ristananna Tracey are among 12 athletes released by Racers, while Christine Day and Natasha Morrison were shown the door by MVP.


Glen Mills, Racers head honcho, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that Stewart, Calvert and Tracey are three big names who will be parting company with the successful club, also the home of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.


"A couple of them have moved on for various reasons and some of them we have asked to come back," said Mills.


"It is nothing new (as) we have been carrying out the exercise for the last three years," he noted.


"It is called change. People are open to changes, both the athletes and the club," Mills added.


"I will confirm that people have left, but for the reason, I have no comment on that. It's a whole heap (but) people are interested in the big names as people would call them," said Mills.


"Calvert has gone off to the States. I think Kerron is going back to the States, that I heard. I don't have any official thing from her, but Tracey has decided that she needs to move on," Mills revealed.


Stewart, 31, has personal best times of 10.75 in the 100m set in 2009 and 21.99 for the 200m in 2008. However, she has not been able to get back into that kind of shape.


She severed ties with long time coach Henry Rolle and joined Racers in 2013 in an effort to regain her form, but that move has not borne fruit.


Calvert, 27, was one of Jamaica's most promising schoolgirl sprinters, and is a part of the national 4x100m relay set up. She has personal bests of 11.05 and 22.55 seconds for the 100m and 200m, respectively.


Tracey, 23, a schoolgirl star at Edwin Allen High, is super talented and can run from 200m to 800m, but has been concentrating on the 400m hurdles with a best of 54.52 seconds.


Jermaine Gayle, Demar Murray, Assain Hall and Shavon Barnes are some of the other athletes that will be moving on from Racers.


Meanwhile, Day and Morrison, who were a part of Jamaica's gold medal winning 4x400m and 4x100 relays teams at the just-concluded Beijing World Championships, are said to have fallen out of favour with MVP boss, the no-nonsense Stephen Francis.


Effort by the Observer to contact Francis for comment yesterday proved futile as his cell phone rang out. However, well-placed sources disclosed that Francis had dismissed both Day and Morrison because of disciplinary reasons.


Day, 29, is a 400m specialist and was one of four Jamaicans that made the final at the World Championships where she finished fourth. She has a personal best time of 50.14 seconds.


Morrison, who will 23 years old in November, was one of three Jamaicans in the women's 100m final in Beijing where she finished seventh in 11.02. She had achieved her personal best on 10.96 in the semi-finals.


With Day's and Morrison's reported departure, speculations are rife that there will be a chain reaction in the MVP camp as some athletes may opt to follow suit in solidarity with their club mates.


 


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