James off to good start in 400m hurdles
Javauney James, the winner of the 400 metres hurdles at last year's Boys and Girls' Championships, is of to a good start in 2017.
James, a versatile champion for St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), was cautious about predicting how well he will do this season even after winning his heat at last Saturday's Central Hurdles and Relays at the G.C. Foster College.
His coach Reynaldo Walcott is, however, hoping that his young charge will set a new personal best in 2017.
James comfortably won his section of the 400 metre hurdles in 54.55 seconds.
"It's a great start," he said at the finish, "I give God thanks for this win." Asked about his targets for the season, the 2016 Carifta Games bronze medal winner cautioned: "I can't predict the season so I take anything God gives me."
His response to a query about him defending the Boys Champs title he won last year in 51.09 seconds was succinct. "Sure", he confirmed.
James and his teammates Winsome Harris, Leonardo Ledgister and Deshawn Parkes dominated the 400 metre hurdles at the meet. Harris set a record of 62.53 seconds in the girls' event, with Ledgister going faster than James, 54.20 seconds, in another heat and Deshawn Parkes winning the under 18 event.
Coach Walcott was candid about what he hopes James will do in 2017.
"He ran a 51.0 (last year) and I think a reasonable improvement to expect is like a 50.5, 50 flat but, you know, you can't just speak it into being", he professed. "You have to put in the work," he recommended.