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School Visit: STETHS Boys


Chillin & Chips for Champs - School Visit 
STETHS (St. Elizabeth Technical High School - Boys

Interview by: Sherie Ranston
Photos: Ryan Hohn 

 

Micheal Frew
14 years old
Class 3 - 800m
Favorite Grace Product: Tropical Rhythms

Micheal is serious about both his academics and his career in track. This will be his first year competing. His consistent improvement on his time in the various local track meets makes Micheal optimistic he can do well but admits that thoughts of the crowd and noise from the stands at Champs makes him somewhat nervous. To counter this unease, Micheal says he is taking his coach's advice to focus on all the good that has happened for him already. When asked who he admires, this serious young man's lips finally creases to a smile as he says politely, "Yohan, Miss" while there are a lot of athletes that he admires, Yohan is his favorite, because of his attitude particularly at race time. He always goes out there and gives his best. Also a Cricketer, he is the Captain for STETHS under 14 team. Assertively, Micheal reminds me that whilst he loves sports, academics remain equally important.

Ronell Deer
19 years old
Class 1 - 100m, 4x100m
Favoite Grace Product: Tin Mackerel

Looking back over the years, Ronell says his participation at Champs has prepared him well. In 2008 he medaled in the 200m and 400m for Class 3. For the past 4 years he has failed to qualify for the finals at Champs. Plagued with hamstring injuries for most of this year, his performance is still not where it needs to be but knows he has it within himself to do well and is hoping his left leg will hold up so he can show everyone what he is capable of. This being his final year, he would really like to medal. With interest from universities abroad, Ronell is already in dialogue with his Head Coach, Reynaldo Walcott to make a final decision as to the best fit for him. He admires Veronica Campbell for being extremely determined and hardworking.

 

Maurice McIntosh
15 years old
Class 2 - 110m Hurdles, 100m, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Promoted to Team Captain, this modest young man says he does not serve alone and shares this title with fellow teammates Ronell Deer and Ronald Levy. Maurice feels his effort and attitude to training was what earned him the title from what happens to be a very large team of boys. As Captain, he feels the potential is there for his team to take 5th place at Champs 2012, acknowledging that the top 4 tier is difficult to penetrate. On a personal level, he is always striving for a win. As a favorite to place in the top 3 in the 110m Hurdles, Maurice says the expectation from his Coach and the rest of the team is present but only feels pressure from the pressure he places on himself. With keen eye on his fellow competitors, Tyler Mason from JC and Michael O'hara from Calabar, Maurice is intent on drawing a heat with at least one of his two major competitors. Yohan Blake is an athlete he truly admires for his training effort and determination.

Orlando Smith
14 years old
Class 3 - 100m Hurdles, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

This will be Orlando's first year at Champs, failing to make the team last year due to insufficient training. Feeling very nervous but positive the team and himself will do very well, Orlando is grateful for the support of his coaches, school, and well-wishers. This level of support makes him feel very good. Orlando says he has trained extremely hard and as a positive individual is prepared for it and whether this is his first or last year, he is giving it his all. Orlando's love for track dates back to Grade 4 at Sports Day and he has been enjoying it since. Originally, Orlando boarded in Kingston with relatives, and on sitting the GSAT examinations, was awarded a space at Campion College. In 2009, he decided to transfer to STETHS to strike a balance between academics and sports that his hometown school offered. It was also more affordable to return to his Parish where he could also enjoy the more peaceful and tranquil environment. Orlando admires both his mother and Asafa Powell for being positive role models.

Ronald Levy
19 years old
Class 1 - 110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles
Favorite Grace Product: Cheese Coated Plantain Chips

Ronald transferred from Ruseas High School last year to join STETHS for athletic reasons, that being to facilitate his skills training at hurdles. When asked why he waited so long with his decision to transfer, as this will be his final year at Champs, he highlights recurring injuries and alternating coaches as to the reason that delayed his intention and complicated his decision. Over the 3 years he has competed at Champs on and off and admits to his poor performance. Being at STETHS this last year with the necessary facilities and consistent coaching, supported by a strong team, this assistant Captain is feeling very good about competing one final time. So far, he is running the second fastest time in the 400m Hurdles for Class 1 of 51.58m. He is ranked 3rd fastest time in the 100m race so far, but is not competing in this event as his Coach feels he should focus on the 110m and 400m Hurdles. With a few offers to study abroad, Ronald is still undecided as to what his choice will be, a decision he will make with the input of his Coach. With regards to life after track, his field of interest would be electrical engineering.

Okeen Williams
16 years old
Class 2 - 110m Hurdles, 400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Okeen placed 7th in the 400m his first year in Class 2 at Champs 2011. He feels he could have done much better but experienced cramping in the final event. At Western Champs he won the 110m Hurdles for Class 2 and his team won the 4x400m relay with him anchoring the race. On the single events he placed 3rd in the 200m and 2nd in the 100m. Okeen is keeping his eye on fellow competitors Ivan Henry from St. Jago and Devaun Baker from JC. Okeen is striving for a 47.09 - 48.00 to hopefully medal, based on the times of his competitors. He says for his hurdles event, Tyler Mason and Michael O'hara are the ones he has to watch out for. Okeem admires his mom who teaches him to always work hard and do the best he can whilst remaining confident. He is committed to track and hopefully will progress to college when the time comes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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