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XLCR targets top 5 at Champs

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
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Having convincingly defended their title at the Digicel Corporate Area Anthrick Championships last week, coach of Excelsior High School track team David Riley says that his girls' team is looking to break into the top five at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships this year.

"There is no secret about it. We have stated publicly that we are aiming for top five, and we are determined to get that done," Riley said. "The athletes are committed to the task, and they have been preparing themselves and adjusting well."

Excelsior scored 342 points, almost a hundred points more than the second-place team, Wolmer's High School for Girls, which amassed 247 points.

Riley, who guided Wolmer's Boys' School to the 2010 boys' title at Champs, told The Gleaner that the team has grown significantly in the past few seasons.

"The truth is that the quality of our team is getting better. We have better athletes, and they are not just competitive in the Corporate area, but also nationally," Riley said. "We are very confident with the quality athletes, and we can put together some strong relay teams. That is something that we couldn't do in the past."

Excelsior was particularly strong in high jump, winning all four categories in the female sections.

The pair of Shantae Foreman and Daniel Hinds were outstanding in Class Three, breaking the record, 1.70m, which was previously held by Khalia Jones. Foreman jumped 1.75m, while hinds finished at 1.70m.

The performances were encouraging to Riley, who said that he will be doing his usual tweaking after each meet to get his girls ready for Champs.

"There are some changes to be made as would be normal for any track meet. Assessments are made and changes are done. We are okay going into Champs," Riley said.

Excelsior finished sixth in the girls' points standing last year at Champs.