Coaches Weigh In
With the 2019 Powerade BSSAC Zone Finals set to start in a few short days, we were eager to hear of the expectations of the coaches going into the this year’s meet. Running into a few of the coaches at a recent technical meeting, the excitement was evident. They all have expectations of a keen competition this year, with good performances and all agreed that their respective schools will not be giving the reigning champions, The St. Michael School, an easy time at all. Coach Burnett knows “the usual contenders are there, as a number of schools are on the rise” and will be looking to break through the Cougars’ double defense. Team SMS will be lead by the efforts of Darian Clarke, Kyle Gale, Josiah Parris, Rhea Hoyte, Samiya Dell and Vivica Addison.
One such Team putting up a challenge are the lads and lasses from St. Thomas, The Lester Vaughn School. Coach Babb was also eagerly anticipating the zone finals especially and expecting to be showing plenty of promise for his team in the field events. He dropped a few names for us to look out for: Shemiah Odaine in the sprints, Roland Kirton-Browne in the field and Savion Hoyte who will be once again looking to make a name for himself and the school.
While up north, Coleridge and Parry’s Coach Armstrong, confidently expects his school to capture at least two zone records in the field events. He has a young team of upcoming stars but asks that we look out for Shaneice Hutson in the field, Tafari Bishop in the middle distances and Micah Griffith on the track in the Under 17 division.
Coach Straughn over at Christ Church Foundation School reports that it is “anyone’s game”. He expects both the zones to be very competitive and reminds us of his key athletes in the likes of Hannah Connell, Sarah Belle, Delano Wickham and Nathan Crawford-Wallis to name a few. and who we will certainly keep and eye on.