KC will win Champs - McLeod
Kingston College, with 31 titles, is the all-time leading male team at Boy's and Girl's Champs. However, the North Street school has been in the wilderness for the last eight years.
Hoping to get ahold of the Mortimer Geddes Trophy this year, the squad seems ready to reclaim the title. KC have been in impeccable form so far this season. One lad hoping to play an important role in recapturing the title is co-captain, Carey McLeod.
McLeod will be competing for Kingston College for the first time at Champs after sitting out a year following his transfer from Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon. He is one of many athletes in a powerful KC field-events group, especially the jumps, where the team looks untouchable.
It has been a dream season so far for McLeod, who is head and shoulders above his rivals in both horizontal jumps, leaping over seven and 15 metres on a regular basis in the long and triple jumps, respectively.
At the recent Carifta Trials, he displayed his awesome form after winning the Under-20 long and triple jumps with distances of 7.55 and 15.59 metres, respectively.
Despite having the burden of captaincy, McLeod said he is under no pressure to deliver for his team.
"It is a great feeling, knowing that I will be competing for Kingston College at Champs. Being the favourite going into the meet, I am not under any pressure whatsoever to deliver. I am going by the strict orders from my coach to take it easy," he said.
McLeod credited his remarkable improvement in both events this season to being more focussed.
"I listen to my coach and, knowing that I will be competing at Champs this year, it is added motivation for me," he pointed out.
He said it has not been hard to command the respect of his new teammates.
"The guys do listen to me and they make my job very easy. With the calibre of athletes we have in the team and with the success so far at the various meets, they are all motivated."
McLeod will be involved in one of two finals on Wednesday's second day of Champs. He is expected to be in the finals of the long jump at 5:50 p.M , a day after doing the preliminaries.
He is hoping to get maximum points for his team to put them into an early lead.
"I am just going out there to try and put the field under pressure with my first attempt, knowing that the team expects a good start from me and, seeing that I am the captain, I have to lead from the front, he said.
"Kingston College will win Champs. The guys are very focussed and they know what they want, " he added.