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KC's Morris, Rowe off to University of Maryland

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior Staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Kingston College (KC) duo Dashawn Morris and Colin Rowe are off to the University of Maryland and are extremely happy as they embark on new endeavours.

Morris, the Class One 400m champion at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Athletics Championships, who left KC with seven CSEC and five Cape subjects and will be majoring in Mathematics.

“Well my studies are math-related and it's a good feeling knowing that I'll be going through new experiences and also a new system,” the bespectacled Morris told the Jamaica Observer.

One of the most improved runners this season, Morris, who started the year with a personal best of 46.67 seconds for the 400m, since then has times of 45.93, 46.01, 45.63 and 45.09 — rather remarkable for a runner who started in the sport in 2013.

His 45.09 seconds makes him the third fastest at Champs behind record holder Akeem Bloomfield (44.93) and Javon Francis (45.00).

He will be at a university not particularly known for its athletics prowess and he explained why.

“Well, that was a decision based on personalities. I didn't want to be at a place where me and my coach can't get along, so that was just a personal decision,” said Morris.

“What I expect for myself is to keep developing and improving, so the fans back in Jamaica can expect the same,” he added.

Meanwhile, Rowe, a versatile runner who contests 400m and 800m will be studying computer science and said he felt great about his scholarship.

“Life at KC was great. It helped me develop both in track and academics.

“I will be focusing on both the 400m and 800m. Having Dashawn as a training teammate will definitely help me to drop my time in the 400m,” noted Rowe, who left KC with nine CSEC and six Cape subjects.

In 2017 the talented runner was controversially disqualified from the Class One 800m final after finishing seventh, as it was deemed that he impeded Calabar High's Javon Taye Williams.

But in 2018 he left an indelible mark while anchoring KC to a remarkable victory in the Distance Medley relay with an impressive 1:50.00 800m split that resulted in a record 3:24.22 minutes.

Rowe got the baton in second spot some 10 metres behind the Calabar runner, took the lead at the 400m mark, was relegated to third with 250m remaining, but courageously rallied to win impressively going away. The talented runner will be focusing on both the 400m and 800m at Maryland.

“Expect the unexpected from me at Maryland. There is a lot of room for improvement. I will just take things one step at a time to fulfil my dreams,” said Rowe, who has an 800m best of 1:52.56 minutes.

“The University of Maryland has massive potential to do good as any big track and field university in the division. Everything in life takes time,” he explained.

Beside his KC teammate Morris, Rowe will also have Calabar thrower Deandre Leith for company as the three aim to make the University of Maryland a force to be reckoned with.

“Having three Jamaicans helps me feel more comfortable here. We motivate each other to do our best both on the track and in the classroom,” said Rowe.