Hope rests with Wallace
Immaculate hope to figure at Champs with their small squad of athletes led by coach Floyd Quarrie. Over the years, the school has produced outstanding individuals. Hoping to make her mark is Shaunelle Wallace, who will compete in the Class Two 100 and 200 metres.
Wallace is Immaculate's best hope to score on the track following good performances this season, including a respectable start at the Wint-McKenley meet, topping a strong field to finish first overall in the 100 metres with 11.84 seconds.
She could be in the 200-metres final, challenging for a medal. Shortly before her workout on Thursday at Stadium East, Wallace rated her chances of doing well at Champs.
"I have been preparing well so far this season and will be competing in three events - the 100m, 200m, and 4x100 metres. Based on my times, so far, especially in the 100 metres, I am very confident I can make it to the finals. It is going to be tough, but I think I can do so," said a shy-looking Wallace.
READY TO DO WELL
She was not able to compete at Champs last year due to illness during her final year in Class Three and is anxious to do well.
"I was very disappointed last year that I was not able to compete. I am motivated to do well and must say my team members and coach have really motivated me. I do not want to let them down," she added.
Wallace is not new to the sport. At the prep-school level, she was outstanding for Quest.
"I was champion girl in my final year at prep school. That was a good foundation for me, and, now in high school, I am really enjoying my training. We have come a far way. Though it is a bit hard, nothing comes easy. We have good coaches who are young but very understanding," she said.
Wallace is confident Immaculate will do well at Champs.
"I strongly believe we can make it in the top 10. We are hoping that our supporters will come out and cheer for us. We are going to try our best. Anything we do, we will do it to the best of our abilities," she added.