Kemar inspires local athletes

Kemar Hyman is performing at a high level these days.

A berth at the 2012 London Olympics has been cemented by another record run for the Cayman Islands. For national track and field coach Kenrick Williams, Hyman’s efforts provide great motivation to future stars.

“Has Kemar been an inspiration? Definitely,” Williams said. “Kids, especially Kyle West, have been motivated by the exploits of Kemar and they have taken them as a positive. Kemar’s performances have influenced the rest of the sprinters here.”

Hyman, 22, is a Florida State University senior who won the 100 metres at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in April in 10.07 seconds and recently brought that Cayman record down to 10.04s. He looks set to be the first Caymanian to run the 100m in under 10 seconds at the Olympics.

Hyman’s record-setting form has also translated indoors. He recently ran the 60m in 6.56s – tying the Cayman record set by local track legend and former Seminoles volunteer assistant coach Kareem Streete-Thompson.

In addition to being the technical director for Cayman athletics, Williams has a track club called the Hy-Tech Tigers. West was part of the team’s recent journey to Miami Dade College’s Traz Powell stadium for the annual Miami Classic athletics meet in Florida. He won silver in the 200m of the boys intermediate 15-16 age group, one of 47 kids who earned 43 medals.

Other notable competitors were coach/long distance runner Derek Larner, who grabbed gold in the 3000m, 1500m and 800m with silver in the 400m and prodigy Tiffany Cole, who nabbed silver in the 1500m and 1500m race/walk and gold in the 800m of the girls intermediate 15-16 category.

Williams insists West is one of many athletes looking to emulate Hyman at the next Olympics.

“The 2016 Olympics are looming around the corner and we’re looking at Ashleigh Nalty in the women’s high jump. She is a good prospect for making the Olympics. On the island, we also have Alex Pascal, who is a good prospect for the javelin event.

“If they get into university in the States, with four years of training, the following can do well as up-and-coming athletes: Dwyane Anglin, Kyle West and Chantelle Morrison. Troy Long is a tremendous talent in the 100m and 200m. Ashton Ebanks in the 200m and 400m and Junior Hines, who ran a 51.23 in the 400m hurdles, are all tremendous prospects as well.”