Freshly minted national junior 100 metre record holder Bouwahjgie Nkrumie has remained tight-lipped amid strong indications he will be going professional next season with Racers Track Club.
Nkrumie, who has established himself as one of the top junior sprinters in the world this season, became the first Jamaican schoolboy to run a sub-10 time in history.
The Kingston College (KC) athlete clocked 9.99 seconds to win the 100m during the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old sprinter had shown his form when he first broke former KC athlete Zharnel Hughes’ record of 10.12 in the semi-finals of the 100m when he clocked 10.06.
Nkrumie told the Jamaica Observer he has already made up his mind as to what he will be doing next season but was instructed by his management team not to disclose details.
“My options are open, but I have already decided what I am going to do for the rest of the season,” said Nkrumie.
“Everything is planned out from last year, even before I went back to school, and so everything is ready to go, but I won’t say on the air because I am not allowed to.
“[My] future is in good hands and you will get great things from me, believe me. Everything is set for me, everything you can think of, but I won’t say on the air because I am not allowed to,” he said.
Racers Track Club is led by world-renowned Coach Glen Mills, who has guided the careers of Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt and his compatriot, the former world 100m champion Yohan Blake.
Nkrumie said that there are talks for him to participate at the Racers Grand Prix on June 3 but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
The stockily built sprinter, who is the reigning World Under-20 silver medalist, said he has been preparing himself mentally and physically to compete against the seniors.
“Yes, there are the possibilities, but it is not confirmed 100 per cent as yet,” Nkrumie said.
“I will be ready for it because there is no turning back, because after high school it is definitely bigger boys, harder competition, so I am ready for anything,” he said.
Nkrumie, who is the captain of the KC’s team, anchored them to victory in the boys’ 4x100m relay to end his boys’ championships career in fine style. KC also retained their championships title after tallying 366 points to finish way ahead of Jamaica College (299) and Calabar High (207).
The top three were followed by St Jago High (118.50), St Elizabeth Technical (116), Edwin Allen High (65), Wolmer’s Boys’ (60.50), Excelsior High (57), Maggotty High (46), and Cornwall College (31).
He pointed out that he is very delighted they retained their title.
“This was expected from last season and so it was just for me to come out here and get my head together with my teammates to just do what we had to do to win this championship, and we did, and I am very happy about it,” Nkrumie said.