Champs 2018: Hydel seniors look to end in style
Together, Hydel High track team captain Shian Salmon and vice-captain Monifa Green have scored 121 points during their Boys and Girls' Championships careers. Their coach Corey Bennett, like everyone at Hydel, holds them in high regard and hopes that they will do as well as ever in their final year at the greatest high school track meet in the world. Salmon and Green simply enter the meet seeking personal best times.
"At Champs, I'm just hoping to go out there and get some PBs and motivate my teammates to get the work done", Salmon proposed.
She is the defending Class One high jump champion, the fastest 400 metre runner in that class this season at 52.73 seconds and a contender for gold in the 400 metre hurdles.
"I feel very confident because I've been working hard", said the Hydel captain. "I'm just hoping that, on the day, I will deliver with God's help."
Green, the reigning champion in the Class One 1,500 metres and the Open 3,000 has a similar mindset as her close friend and captain. "My goal is to stay in the top three and to hit some PRs", she offered.
Salmon faces high-quality rivals where ever she turns. In the 400 metres, she will meet fast teammate Charokee Young and 2017 winner Stacy-Ann Williams of STETHS and Vere Technical's World Under-18 runner-up Sanique Walker is a formidable opponent in the hurdles. In fact, she finished behind Walker in the hurdles at Champs in 2016 and 2017.
Green endured a recent bout of anemia but is back to 100 per cent. "I'm feeling great, but on the last day of Champs, I'm going to feel so badly knowing that I will have to leave and I will not compete at Champs again."
Salmon and Green have competed for Jamaica at the junior level and are hoping to continue at the senior level. Both hope to go to college and Bennett says scholarship offers have already been received.