St Jago's Stona continues impressive early season form

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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St Jago High School strongman Roje Stona has had an eye-catching start to the 2018 track and field season, putting down three good distances in the discus in his first three meets of the season.

The defending Class One boys' discus champion at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships, opened with 56.18m at Jamaica College on January 6, and followed that up with 60.93m at the Field Events Meet at Manchester High last weekend.

He again produced another throw over 60m when he went 60.41m to win at the Big Shot Throwers Meet at the Excelsior High school last Saturday.

The 18-year-old is pleased with the consistency he has been able to open his season with this year.

“My season has been very consistent so far (and) better than last year. I am working towards the Junior World Championships later this year, so I am trying to be as consistent as I can,” he disclosed.

Stona says that his technique is the main focus at this stage of the season.

“I am working on my technique more in training with my coach, Mr Gayle, who is emphasising technique and I will do better once I get it right.”

Based on what he has been able to achieve already, Stona says that he is just about where he needs to be as far as technique is concerned.

“I am getting there. Last year I didn't throw 60m until Carifta Trials, so I am a bit ahead of last season and I am expecting better results this season.”

Bigger and stronger than last year, Stona says that records are on his radar for 2018, especially at “Champs”.

“I put on a lot more weight so I am expecting some big throws because I am stronger now. The record is 66.88m. I think that needs to go. It is the national junior record as well, so for me getting that would be very good,” he declared.

With a personal best of 66.41m thrown at the Carifta Games in Curacao last year, Stona is certainly not very far from the record he desires.

The shiny circle used by the high school throwers at the venue saw a number of athletes slipping, and the Class One boys' champion at Big Shot 2018 also complained about the nature of the surface.

“This circle here is very slippery. I am surprised that I got 60.41 out of it and my coach is pleased with the result based on how the circle is,” he stated.

Stona's coach Marlon Gayle is also pleased with the early season form of the 6'6” athlete.

“It's a satisfactory start to the season despite the challenges we have had. It's a World Junior year and we intend to be consistent, especially on the day. He will go the distance providing all is well.”

— Dwayne Richards

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