Rusea’s target top six in girls’ section at Champs

March 29, 2019
Shamella Donaldson of Rusea’s High competing in the girls’ Class One discus on Wednesday. Donaldson won with a distance of  50.70 metres.
Shamella Donaldson of Rusea’s High competing in the girls’ Class One discus on Wednesday. Donaldson won with a distance of 50.70 metres.

Rodrick Myles, head coach of Rusea's High, says the school has set its sights on securing a spot in the top six of the girls' section of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships now on at the National Stadium.

Rusea's, who finished ninth last year, surprised everyone when they led the championships midway the third day of competition. Their charge has been led by Shamella Donaldson, who won the Class One discus with a mark of 50.70 metres on Wednesday's second day of competition.

Myles told STAR Sports that he is not surprised by the performances of his athletes because they had been doing well at the development meets.

"When you look at the events for the first two days, it is not a surprise as far as we are concerned. However, we don't have the depth to continue this because we only have 29 girls at the championships," said Myles. "We are planning to do better than we did last year. We finished ninth last year and now we are looking to get over 80 points for the first time and see if we can finish in the top six of the championships."

Myles added that his programme got a lot of support from the school community as well as the parents and this has helped to ease the financial pressure off the athletes as well as the coaching staff.

"The school's bursar has been involved in the fund-raising because every time we visit Kingston it costs us $300,000. The school has been pushing hard this year (to finance the team) and it is paying off for us at the championships," Myles said.

"We tried the relays for the first time and we have three classes advancing to the finals. We also have a number of other persons in finals and once we have them there, then we will score," he said.

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