Ellis could be the one
No sprinter from St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) has ever won the Class One 100 metres at ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships. That might change this year, and Nigel Ellis could be the one.
That view was confirmed at last weekend's Carifta Trials when Ellis took the Under-20 boys 100 metres in 10.26 seconds.
The fast-finishing Ellis rushed past quick starting Raheem Chambers of St Jago High School to win as the field sprinted through a gentle headwind. By contrast, his winning Western Championships time of 10.20 seconds was aided by a breeze just under the allowable limit. Chambers achieved a time of 10.32 seconds which is just 0.05 off his very best.
Speaking about Ellis before the Trials, STETHS coach, Reynaldo Walcott, said, "I'll be happy for him, if he's the one."
STETHS sprinters have come close to winning the Class One 100 metres three times. Cyrus Allen lost close races in the Class One final in both 1987 and 1988, and Andrew Fisher suffered the same fate in 2011. With that history and fast competition in mind, Walcott said, "it's there and everybody will have to do their best on that day."
"If he does that, it will be historic", he submitted.
According to Walcott, Ellis could be one for the future.
"If he continues on the path he's on, all goes well for Jamaica's sprinting," he predicted of the student-athlete who was fourth at Champs last year in both the Class One 100 and 200m. Speaking more broadly, he said, "at least we can see a line of persons who will continue our trend of dominance, and I think it would make him happy because he hasn't medalled at Champs before."
That line could include Chambers and Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College who took the Trials Under-18 100m in 10.25 seconds. In comparison to the wind reading of -0.3 metres per second in the Under-20 final, Matherson had an aiding wind of 0.9.