Tigers set to pounce on Angels

After a successful track meet in Miami, the Hy-Tech Tigers want more props in Canada.

The Tigers are expected to compete in Ontario on 6-7 July. Team manager and national track and field coach Kenrick Williams states it will be the last major meet for the summer.

“From here is the Flying Angels meet at York University,” Williams said. “Coach Derek Larner will be leading the delegation. Alexandra Terry will be one of the athletes doing the discus and is the chaperone.

“After that the new season will start in September, at which time the athletes will resume their training.”

Hy-Tech are coming off a solid showing at the annual Miami Classic meet in Florida. The event took place at Miami Dade College’s Traz Powell stadium, with the 47-member Tigers earning 43 medals. Cayman produced the Most Valuable Player in the men’s segment in Shane Evans, thanks to gold medals in the discus, shotput and javelin in the men’s open 20-29 division.

Lacee Barnes also stood out with gold in the shotput and javelin with silver in the discus for the female 13-14 age group. Interestingly, Larner served as a coach but won gold in the 3000m, 1500m and 800m with silver in the 400m.

Williams states a number of other competitors did well.

“We were third overall for the females and second overall for the men. Derek was our MVP last year and just missed by two points this year. Daviel Foster won silver in shotput, javelin and discus. Vanda Powery had gold in the shotput and discus in the women’s open and could have been an MVP if she did the javelin.

“Tiffany Cole, a middle distance runner, had silver in the 1500m and 1500m race/walk and gold in the 800m of the girls intermediate 15-16 category. Kerryann Simpson had gold in the 1500m race/walk for the 17-18 young women. Kasey Faud-Edwards, the MVP last year, had bronze in the 100m 11-12 group.

“Kyle West won silver in the 200m of the boys intermediate 15-16 age group. Carl Grant had silver and Kristoff Powell had bronze in the open men race/walk.

“Ultimately, the Miami meet is a measuring stick to see where we are. It gives an opportunity to kids who can’t make the national team or CARIFTA or the Central American and Caribbean Games junior team. It’s an avenue for them to go away and express themselves.”

Williams has a history of producing top talents, like javelin thrower Alex Pascal and sprinter Kemar Hyman, through his track team. The Jamaican states a number of athletes showed star potential.

“In the relays, we had seven medals in 10 events. The 4x400m open mens team of Carl Grant, Kristoff Powell, Dwyane Anglin and Dimitri Chambers, won gold. The 4x100m bantam girls, namely Torian Gonez, Ashantae Graham, Kasandra Mattocks and Jada Bodden, got silver. There were more silvers with the boys 4x100m intermediate, bantam girl 4x100m, midget girl 4x100m and open boys 4x100m teams with the youth 4x400m and boys intermediate 4×400 teams getting bronze.

“I’m very elated that the kids have the chance to go away and represent their clubs and show what they can do against US, Jamaican and other Caribbean schools and clubs. It’s a good insight for what we have here as a country. Coach Derek is doing a good job reviving the middle and long distance programme.

“The most inspiring for me were Kyle West and Tiffany Cole’s gold medals. Kyle has never won a medal at any of the meets he has participated in. In his third year, to get a medal against this opposition is really commendable. To see Tiffany really run to potential against this class of athletes really underscores how this programme is in good hands. Tiffany is a good prospect for the future.”