13 year-old eyes Champs record
Excelsior High's Shauntae Foreman is aiming for the top in 2016. The 13 year-old high jumper had a disappointing 2015 at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships in her first year in Class Four.
Last Saturday, however, she showed that 2016 will be very different after a record leap of 1.62 metres at the Purewater/JC Invitational meet.
Foreman erased the one year old mark of 1.60m, and is confident her new record clearance is just the start of something big this year.
"I feel elated," she said after her event last Saturday. "In 2015 I did not do so well in my first year in Class Four. This year I am training hard and doing my best.
"I didn't expect to get the record this early but I am aiming for the 1.70m Class Four record at Champs," she said.
A former Dallas Primary student, Foreman started out as a sprinter but was shifted to the high jump by coach Gavin James at Excelsior.
"I was active in sprints, I didn't know how to do high jump at primary school so I have had to put in extra work and remain disciplined," she admitted, while crediting her new coach of two years for converting her into a "better high jumper than sprinter."
Looking to the future, Foreman stressed: "I see myself representing Jamaica and breaking the national record. I think I will go far in the event once I work hard and remain disciplined."