Hydel makes strides in 400m

February 01, 2017
Hydel's Abigail Brooks competes in the Class Two girls 400 metres at the 2017 McKenley-Wint Classic at Calabar High School.

Only one Hydel High School student athlete has ever won gold in the 400 metres at Boys' & Girls' Athletic Championships. If the results of Saturday's STETHS Invitational are anything to go by, that number could grow in 2017.

The 34th staging of that development saw Hydel taking the top spot in each class of the girl's 400 metres.

Speaking after the trio of Shian Salmon, Abigail Brooks and Garriel Whyte clocked the fastest times in Classes One, Two, and Three, Hydel head coach Corey Bennett said his team's 400-metre training is a little different this year.

"We've tried to take a different approach, and so far it seems to be paying some dividends," he said.

Salmon, Brooks and Whyte produced times of 56.35, 56.42 and 57.53 seconds respectively on the grass track at St Elizabeth High School by running strongly from the start.

"Not to give away too much, but we have trained in a particular way now, and we're able to attack different parts of the race the way we want to," Bennett said.

Bennett, who directed Taquece Duggan to the school's only 400-metre Champs gold medal in the 2015 Class Two final, said Hydel's runner-up finish in last year's 4x400 was encouraging.

"A very good STETHS team beat us, and we can't complain too much about that," he said of the best-ever Hydel result in the Champs 4x400 metre relay.

"It's encouraging, and the girls have looked at it with a different mindset now, and we just want to have more girls able to compete at the 4x400 and to help the team."

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