Reid in record-breaking form
Kerron Grant, coach of the Spot Valley High School middle distance prospect Tyrese Reid, said his charge is still on target for a record breaking run at Boys and Girls' Championships.
Grant made the assessment in Montego Bay not long after Reid had won the class one 800 metres at the Western Championships.
Reid circled past traffic to finish first in a personal best time of 1 minute 52.20 seconds.
That's the fastest time by a Jamaican schoolboy this season.
"Had it not been for the delays in his race strategy, I know he'd definitely run 1.50 today," said Reid's coach.
"But I'm satisfied because he was able to recover from whatever went on and still come out on top," he added.
Noting that Reid has more basic speed than his competitors Grant said: "I just tell him to keep focused and stick to the race plan and he should be fine."
next major assignment
Reid, a Spot Valley fourth former, has the Carifta Trials as his next major assignment before Boys and Girls Championships.
"We have one more championship challenge which we hope to be successful, the Carifta Trials so we're just taking it one meet at a time," he said.
Grant believes that Reid's training has him in with a chance to break the Boys and Girls Championships class one record of 1:48.84 seconds.
The coach feels that target is still within reach.
"And we're really confident of that and we're still working towards that so you can look forward for him breaking the National Championships class one record this year," he added.
Spot Valley manager Junior Gordon believes the youngster has what it takes to succeed internationally.
"This guy is going to go all the way.He's focused and he knows exactly what he wants and he's working towards it."