Better man will tell - Matherson
Kingston College's Jhevaughn Matherson is upbeat and positive going into Boys and Girls' Champs after finishing third last year in a high-powered 100-metre final behind St Elizabeth Technical's Nigel Ellis and St. Jago High's Raheem Chambers.
The fastest schoolboy so far this season, equalling his personal best of 10.25 seconds to win the Under-20 100 metres at the recent Carifta Trials, Matherson will once again be involved in another gigantic clash - but this time in the half-lap event where he is down to face Calabar High's Christopher Taylor.
Billed as the event of the meet, the clash will attract a lot of attention, locally and internationally, considering they are the two most gifted sprinters at Champs.
Training at Stadium East on Monday, Matherson was his usual cool and calm self when asked about his prospects at Champs.
"I am very positive and really confident in my abilities. I am also healthy and feeling good in training," he said.
Taylor has twice thrown down the gauntlet in the 200 metres, opening the season with 20.98 seconds in his first competitive race at the Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet. He returned two days later with an even more impressive 20.59 seconds at the Digicel GC Foster Classics, making him favourite for Champs.
Matherson, who has been competing in a lot of 400 metres, has only raced once at 200 metres this season, at the Queen's Grace Jackson Meet in February where he easily won his heat in 21.69 seconds, finishing second, overall, behind Excelsior High's Andel Miller who won his heat in 21.30 seconds.
Matherson said he is not worried about that time as he had barely gone though the motions. He said his clash with Taylor will be a special race.
"Our clash will possibly go down to the finish line. I think I am ready for it," he said.
Taylor is down to compete in the 400-metre finals at 2:40 p.m on Saturday, three hours before the 5:40 p.m. 200-metre finals. Matherson would have competed in the 100-metres final from Friday at 8:35 p.m. Though he will be more rested, he doesn't belive it will be a major advantage.
"I do not see this necessarily as an advantage because Chris has been doing the 200-400 metres combination for years now. I have been doing the 100-200 metres and it will just come down to who comes out better on the day."
As for his role in KC's chances to lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy from defending champions Calabar, Matherson said it will be a team affair.
" I honestly do not think my points this year will affect the team because we have a well-rounded team. I have confidence in the Kingston College track and field team, even though I am important. I think we can do it," said Matherson, pointing out that he is in 10.1 shape.