Deer going for double
Holmwood Technical High School has dominated the 400 metres through all classes this season, and one athlete expected to score heavily for the maroon and gold in the event is Daniella Deer.
Deer won the event last year in Class Two, and she is looking to not only perform better this time, but complete the arduous 400m and 800m double. The 16-year-old barely missed that target last year as she was beaten into second in the half-mile event.
“I am very confident that I will retain my tile in the 400 metres and also add the 800 metres title as I was second behind Shaquena Foote last year, and I am much stronger this season,” said Deer.
Although Foote has moved up to Class One, it will not be that easy for Deer as Edwin Allen High School’s Jessica McLean is a quality athlete. But Deer is not daunted. “I have no fear of any athlete going up against me in the 800 metres as my preparation has gone on very well, and I do expect to take the double,” she said.
Deer finished second in the Under-17 400m girls’ event at the Carifta Games last year and also represented the country at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.