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Calabar's Wilson takes off for FSU

...To join main rival and friend Matherson at Florida college

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Despite having one more year at high school, Calabar High School star Tyreke Wilson will be taking off for Florida State University (FSU) in July, citing he has nothing else to prove at Champs.

Wilson, 18, who started representing Calabar High in 2013, closed out his remarkable Champs career by capturing the blue ribbon 100m in a very good 10.21 seconds.

“Think I've done enough for Calabar and I've achieved everything I need to in high school track and field and academics. I will be taking up my scholarship in July,” Wilson told the Jamaica Observer recently.

Wilson has been one of Calabar's main stars at Champs in recent times, winning the Class Three 200m in record time of 21.72 in 2014 and becoming the double silver medallist in the 100m and 200m in Class Two the following year, until an injury in 2016 limited his participation at the championships that year.

With seven CSEC subjects (English, English literature, social studies, principle of vusiness, history, integrated science and physical education) under his belt, Wilson will be studying sports therapy and management at FSU.

Wilson tells why he chose to enrol at FSU, even though the school is not a traditional sprinting powerhouse in the American collegiate circuit.

“I chose FSU because the school is well-rounded academically and sports wise. I visited the school last November and made my decision since then, even though I've gotten a lot of other college offers,” Wilson pointed out.

Another of Jamaica's most talented sprinters in Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College will be joining FSU shortly.

“No it wasn't planned, but it was good news for both of us when we found out we were both enrolling,” said Wilson.

Despite their rivalry over the years from 2013, Wilson noted that he and Matherson are good fiends.

“We are good friends. We've known each other since 2010 competing in parish champs, when I was running for St Catherine and him for St Mary,” he pointed out.

Their biggest showdown was curtailed by the injury, once again, of Matherson in March, as prior to the 100m final, both had looked in superb form during their semi-final clash. Wilson went on to edge home in 10.39 to Matheron's 10.41, while looking across at each other and smiling, followed by an embrace after crossing the line.

Wilson's Calabar days are not quite over as he will be at the prestigious Penn Relays with an eye on the IAAF World Junior Championship in Finland in July.

Having won 100m bronze in 2017 at the IAAF World Under-18 Championship in Kenya, Wilson will be hoping to end his season somewhere near 10.10 seconds in what would have been a fulfilling season for him.