Champs 2018: Expect great things from Petersfield
"Expect great things from Petersfield High at Champs this year, expect some special things this year," said head coach Machel Woolery.
Undoubtedly, the western Jamaica-based school has been one of the most improved at the Issa Grace/Kennedy Boys and Girls' Championships, and, after seeing the boys' team finishing seventh last year and the girls placing 11th, coach Woolery is confident that his school will give a good account at this year's champs.
"We try not to put any pressure on our kids, but our aim is to maintain our top-10 position among the boys, and we also want to finish in the top 10 for the girls," said a very confident Woolery.
Woolery, a good tactician in the throwing disciplines, was asked what has caused the great improvement in other areas of Petersfield's performance, especially the sprints.
"I love sprints, especially the 400 metres," he said.
"What we did was first to build a programme step by step and shape by shape, and, if you can remember, we were first known for distance running," said Woolery, who also stated that his dream is to win a 4x400 metres title at champs.
With Championships starting today, Woolery said that his team will be looking to the likes of Courtney Lawrence and Daniel Cope to carry its flag in the field.
"On the track, there is Shaquena Foote, who is doing tremendously well, from 400 metres to 1,500 metres. There is Ockera Myrie, who has stepped into the fold this year, and there is Kevona Stone, who I expect big things from this year in the short sprints," Woolery said.
"There is also Antonio Watson, a very bright spark who is the world youth champion in the 400 metres," he added.