KC starting to crack from early pressure

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Despite what looks like an early implosion in the Kingston College (KC) camp, head coach Neil Harrison remains upbeat and is taking things “one day at a time”.

KC, who last won the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships in 2009, and narrowly missed out last year by three points, are expected to try and end Calabar High's six-year winning streak.

But things are not going according to plan in the early stages as injuries, empty lanes, and surprisingly insufficient entries have put a damper on KC's chances after two days of competition.

KC's prodigy Jhevaughn Matherson, now under the guidance of Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, was registered for the Class One 200m but failed to show for the event on Tuesday's opening day.

“Pretty much what happened is he has gastro (gastroenteritis) with vomiting and we took him to the doctor and they said he needed at least 24 hours before he can compete any at all,” Harrison told the Jamaica Observer.

“So that's pretty much where Matherson is concerned. I took in the medical so, as far as I know, once he feels better, he will show up for the 100m,” he added.

The blue riband 100-metre events are set to begin today with the final set for tomorrow night. Matherson has not run an individual 100m event all season after coming back from injury last season.

Meanwhile, with KC's main Class Two sprint hope Terrique Stennett limping home in the 200m on Tuesday in second position, their other entrant Bjorn Clarke failed to show for his heat.

“The doctor advised us not to send him (Clarke),” said Harrison.

Then with Calabar and Jamaica College sending out their athletes and qualifying in the Class One 1,500m, KC surprisingly only entered one athlete — Nicholas Elliott — in the heats. “We only entered one person,” Harrison comfirmed.

Then, to make matters worse, Romain Brown who threw over 55m this season in the javelin, was heavily favoured for gold, but could only muster 44.05m and failed to make the final.

“So far we're taking it one day at a time. The only disappointment we have so far is the javelin with Brown; he picked up an injury to the elbow which affected his performance. Apart from that we just taking it one day at a time,” reiterated Harrison.

— Howard Walker

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