Freeman peaking at the right time
Daszay Freeman of Manchester High School could be in prime form in the Class two 100-metre hurdles when the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships begins on March 28.
Freeman's coach, Dwayne Jarrett, is working around her busy fifth-form academic schedule and has her on track for fast hurdling at Champs. Jarrett believes she will stop the clock there at somewhere between 12.9 and 13.1 seconds.
Speaking just after Freeman placed second to the outstanding Brittany Anderson in the under-18 100-metre hurdles at last weekend's Carifta Trials, Jarrett explained, "Our programme is a bit late because of fifth form (where) a lot of time is spent doing exams."
Last year, she peaked perfectly. At Champs, she edged teammate Sydney Marshall to win the Class two title. Weeks later, the leggy hurdler took the gold medal for the under-18 event at the Carifta Games.
Noting that his subject ran her best time 13.44 seconds at the Trials, Jarrett pinpointed the progress Freeman has made so far.
"First race about 14.1, 13.9, 13.6, and now 13.4, so steadily we are getting there. Another three weeks to Champs and we should be in the mix in the 12.9, 13.1 bracket."
Anderson won the Trials race in 13.21 seconds and Jarrett rates her highly.
"She has been running pretty well all season, so basically it's not a surprise that she ran this fast at this time of the year because she has shown early signs from the beginning of the season," he assessed.
When Freeman and Anderson last met at Champs, they finished third and seventh in the 2015 Class three 80-metre hurdles final won by Shanette Allison of Holmwood.