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Coaches, administrators hail Edwin’s Class Two girls

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:27 AM
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Several top local coaches and administrators have hailed last Saturday’s 43.94 second meet record run by Edwin Allen High’s Class Two girls’ sprint relay team at last Saturday’s 41st staging of the Milo Western Relays at GC Foster College.

It was a historic moment for the Edwin Allen quartet of Brandy Hall, Kevona Davis, Salicia Myles and Bethany Bridge as it was the first time that a local Class Two girls’ sprint relay quartet had gone sub-44 seconds. Three of the girls – Myles, Bridge and Hall – were competing in the class for the first time.

“President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Dr Warren Blake, described the performance as “fantastic”.

It’s a fantastic time for any set of women, much less a set of high-school girls. This augurs well for the future for female sprinting in Jamaica. After seeing MVP’s female team also running 43 seconds, it shows the quality of these Edwin Allen girls. Jamaican sprinting is definitely in good hands,” Dr Blake said.

President of the MVP Track Club, Bruce James, said that the fact that three of the girls were running in the class for the first time made the time even more impressive

“I remember the first time Edwin Allen broke 44 seconds, it was a Class One team at the University of Technology (UTech) Classics a few years ago, and that was a big deal. Now, to have a Class Two team with three first-year runners doing that time is amazing. For the future, this means the manufacturing plant they have out at Edwin Allen is working very well, and coach Michael Dyke continues to find that formula year after year.”

Head coach of Sprintec Track Club, Maurice Wilson, called the performance “phenomenal running”.

FUTURE OF SPRINTING

“We have never seen this kind of running in the history of Jamaican track and field at this stage, and I think once these young ladies are guided properly they will be the future for the sprinting in Jamaica. It also speaks to the fact that the female side of our track and field is alive and well, and we shouldn’t have any problems in the next several Olympic Games or Senior World Championships,” said Wilson, who is also acting principal of GC Foster College.

UTech/MVP coach Paul Francis also had high praise for the girls.

“That is indeed an excellent performance from Edwin Allen. These high-school kids, they are running faster and faster each year. Coach Dyke at Edwin Allen and his staff seem very capable of getting their charges to improve each year,” Francis said.

Former Manchester High and national senior coach Jerry Holness said it was “fabulous” to be running that fast at this time of the season.

“Edwin Allen has a good programme and they are in good hands, so we expect them to get better and better as they move up in class,” Holness stated.