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Palmer and Stephens join Racers

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer

Thursday, November 01, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - FORMER Herbert Morrison Technical sprinters Seidatha Palmer and Kenesha Stephens have joined the Racers Track Club ahead of the upcoming 2013 season.

Reports are that the two athletes, who finished first and second in the Class 1 girls 100m at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls Championships this year, started training at the University of West Indies, Mona-based club two weeks ago.

The club that boasts the likes of two-time triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and IAAF 100m World Champion Yohan Blake is run by sprint guru Glen Mills.

Meanwhile, former St Elizabeth Technical high jumper Peta-Gay Reid and former Green Island High 400m runner Faedian Royes, a member of the Jamaica team to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, have enrolled at the University of Technology (UTech) and will also work out with the Stephen Franciscoached MVP camp.

Reid missed her final year of Girls’ Champs in an incidentplagued 2012 season, after she failed to attain the minimum grades and attendance records.

Palmer — who won the Central American and Caribbean Under-20 100m in 2010 on her way to the semifinals at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, later that year — has represented the island at all youth and junior levels but was hampered by injuries in the 2011 season.

Stephens is a late bloomer who, in addition to taking the silver in the 100m at Champs this year, was fourth in the 200m final as well.

At Racers, Palmer and Stephens will join Olympic Games relays silver medalist Schillonie Calvert, who hails from Montego Bay, and Davita Prendergast, who is from Westmoreland.

At least seven male runners from Racers have western roots. They are double World Record holder Usain Bolt and World Champion Yohan Blake; Olympic 200m bronze medallist Warren Weir; Jason Young, Mario Forsythe, Darren Bent and Dwight Mullings.

Another former Herbert Morrison runner Keja Christie who also took up the javelin with some success last season, winning a medal at Western Champs, is now attending GC Foster Sports College.



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