Champs 2018: Carleta Bernard to make Champs debut
Class Four sprinter Carleta Bernard of Mount Alvernia High School has been turning the heads of track and field fans out west with her long strides.
Andrew Henry, coach of Mount Alvernia's athletics team, describes Bernard as a runner with a bright future.
"I'm looking to her for the future. I'm not going to push her to win in Class Four. There is nothing special, I'm going to do to get her to win at national (Junior) championships, because I want to see her when she reaches classes two and one performing at optimum.
Mount Alvernia finished 14th last year with 29 points, just three points and two places outside their best of 2005. Henry said repeating last year's performance is a big ask, but she is more focused on his girls having a great competition.
"For this year's championships, it's going to be a very tedious task. Most of our athletes have transitioned into a higher class, so it's going to be tough on them out there. However, I expect them to go out and compete effectively against some of these champion teams,"
When asked his main target areas for picking up points at the championships, Henry said he does not want to make any predictions. However, he said that if all goes well, his young sprinters should certainly make a mark.
"When it comes to championships, I tend to be careful with predictions, as it can be a graveyard for champions and a glory ground for those that are rising to the top. However, there are persons I think can actually make it to the finals," said Henry.
"We are looking at Shenequa Vassell, who possibly can make it to the Class Three 100 and 200 metres finals. There is also Carleta Bernard and Aaliyah Foster for the 100 and 200 metres Class Four finals," he said.
"On the field events side, there is Paula-Marie Brown, who has been performing well in both the long and high jumps," he added.