Albert Town looking to Beckford for more Champs success
Last year was a successful one for Albert Town High School's star athlete Kelly-Ann Beckford.
The shy but success-driven athlete surprised a high quality field to win the Class Three 1500 metres at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships and is keen to replicate that result at this year's staging even though she has stepped up in class.
Now a first-year Class Two athlete, Beckford will face tough competition but her coach Perhona Tomlin believes another outstanding performance could be in the making if she remains injury free.
"The jump in class will make it tough for her but she no doubt will medal; as a coach all I can do is make sure my athletes are adequately prepared and the rest is up to them," Tomlin said.
"But Kelly-Ann is a real strong athlete and so it's not beyond her to stamp her class on the event to win another gold for Albert Town High," reasoned Tomlin.
She is not alone, as her teammate, the fast improving Tasinia Mothersill is likely to create a major impact in her strongest event the Class Two 800m while Keno Johnson, the school's top Class Two prospect in the 200m and the 400m are all keen on going through the pains of training in order to strike gold at Champs.
Beckford has run a hand-timed best so far this year of 2:21 seconds in the 800m and a decent 5:01 over her pet event, the 1500m at Western Champs, and Tomlin was quick to point out that her times are competitive.
"I am fit and ready and working hard for Champs, where I am expect to land a medal, hopefully gold," the shy Beckford said.
Coach Tomlin believes Mothersill is a better 800m runner than Beckford, noting that she has the acumen and the heart for that event and stands an excellent chance of medaling.
Johnson, meanwhile, a second year Class Two athlete, could be among the medalists, his coach said, having posted 49.0 seconds (hand time) for 400m at Western Champs.
"When you look at Beckford and Mothersill for the girls and Johnson on the boy's side, I believe Albert Town could find itself with three medalists at Champs 2016 and that would be another history making outing for us," Tomlin said.