Carifta champs eye World Juniors, Olympics
After an all-conquering high-school season, Junelle Bromfield and Nigel Ellis are being prepared to do well at the World Under 20 Championships in July.
However, the Saint Elizabeth Technical High School teammates both have ambitions of competing for Jamaica at the Rio Olympics.
Speaking just after accepting the Karl March Awards for Excellence on Wednesday, both unveiled Olympic ambitions.
Bromfield, who won three individual events for STETHS at Boys and Girls' Championships, hopes to improve her 400 metre personal best of 51.74 seconds.
"I'm planning to go 50 point so I can make the Olympic team," she said.
Bromfield isn't daunted by Jamaica's current strength in the women's 400m.
"I believe in myself and I believe that I can go the extra mile to reach there," she said.
Ellis is planning to go sub-10 and 20.00 or sub-20 in the 200m.
He has already run 10.16 seconds in the 100 metres and 20.40 for the 200, but admits that he never foresaw being so fast.
"I've put in a lot of hard work so that has helped me pull through," he said.
STETHS coach Reynaldo Walcott is focused on helping the pair to do well at the World Under-20 meet.
"It's definitely World Juniors because none of them have any global medals yet so we're trying to fix that," he said.
"Nigel hasn't represented the country outside of Carifta so we're trying to get them closer to the global standard," he said.
Ellis and Bromfield both won gold at the Carifta Games this year, in the 100 and 800 metres, respectively.