New track paying off at GC Foster

June 01, 2016
Demish Gaye

The G.C. Foster College for Physical Education is having a fine year in athletics. 
  Lecturer/coach Maurice Wilson says the new track laid at the College is a big reason for a surge that includes a double team victory at the recent Inter-Collegiate Championships and landmark success at the Penn Relays. Wilson says the track has made a big difference to the Spanish Town institution.

"Think about us last year travelling from G.C. Foster after 4 o'clock to the National Stadium," he said after a recent training session on the new surface which was completed last October. He thanked Major Desmon Brown of Independence Park for facilitating access to the Stadium East but said nevertheless, "it was extremely difficult."

With training once again wholly at the College, Wilson's charges have won the men and women's inter-collegiate team titles and at the world renowned Penn Relays, sprinted to victory in the Championship of America College Men's 4x100 metres. It was the first such victory for G.C. Foster.

"The fact that we're able to train based on our own leisure in terms of time," he explained, "a lot of the youngsters are in college, and they're able to manage their time better knowing they can train at home, makes it a big difference."

Among the GC Foster student-athletes to excel are Demish Gaye, Orrin Powell and Rhonda White. All three have set personal bests in the 400m, the javelin and the 400m hurdles respectively, with Powell, who is coached by throws guru Marlon Gayle, extending his national record to 75.01 metres.

The Sprintec Track Club which is based at the college, has also performed well this season. At the Gibson-McCook Relays, Sprintec did a 4x100m double with the men clocking 38.59 seconds on a chilly evening late in February.

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