Hawthorne’s last St. Jago triumph

June 20, 2016
Raheem Chambers (right) of St Jago High capturing the Under 20 boys 100 metres in 10.70 seconds on Saturday's opening day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Junior Championships at the National Stadium. Kingston College's Jhevaughn Matherson (centre) was second in 10.77. Hujaye Cornwall (left) of St Elizabeth Technical placed fourth in 10.80.

Coach Danny Hawthorne is no stranger to producing quality athletes for the national programme.

Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade won major medals for the country under his leadership at St Jago High.

On Saturday, inside the National Stadium, the magic of Hawthorne was brought once again to the fore as he produced another national sprint champion in Raheem Chambers, who won the Boys' Under-20 100 metres in 10.70 seconds.

However, neither Hawthorne nor Chambers will be at St Jago when the new track and field season starts in September.

Chambers is on his way to the Auburn University on a track scholarship, while Hawthorne, after 13 years as head coach at St Jago, is heading to Wolmer's Boys' School.

"It was a wonderful performance by Raheem to come out and execute on the day to win and become national champion in the event. Although I will not be the track and field coach at St Jago High anymore, this is a project I started long ago and I wanted to see it bear fruit in the end. I am happy and he is on the right track," said Hawthorne.

Hawthorne has high hopes the youngster will produce in Bydgoszcz, Poland, next month.

"Because of his earlier injuries, it was a low-key season for him, but I am still taking my team to the incremental preparation with this programme and hoping that he can remain fit and healthy and, hopefully, he will improve and peak in time at the World Junior Championships," said Hawthorne.

Hawthorne believes that Chambers will go below 10.20 seconds.

"I am confident he will medal. All I need for him to do how is to keep focused, be humble and train with a lot of commitment. And he can do it," he said.

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