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School Visit: Kingston College


Chillin & Chips for Champs - School Visit 
Kingston College

Interview by: Sherie Ranston
Photos: Ryan Hohn 

 

Travane Morrison
19 years old
Class 1 - 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

In September 2010 Travane transferred to KC from St. Thomas Technical as an athlete of his caliber was not getting the recognition and the school's training facilities were insufficient. His decision to attend KC was based on the strong fan base and devotion of the Old Boys Association to the school. In 8th Grade, Travane got into track as a means of exercise as he valued being fit. He trained with the team unofficially with no thoughts of becoming an athlete whilst attending St. Thomas Tech. The team not having enough athletes to compete in certain events, asked Travane to represent the school at Eastern Champs where he did the 100m and 100m Hurdles. He placed 4th in the 100m, and 2nd in the 100m Hurdles. From then on Travane became a full fledge athlete. His first Champs experience was in 2009 where he made the 200m finals placing 6th. In 2010 Travane broke the 200m record for Class 2 at Eastern Champs, clocking 21.86m which remains to be broken. It was here other schools took notice and Travane joined KC in lower six. In his first year at KC, he earned the title of co-captain, being credited for his motivating skills. Despite a groin injury, he competed in 4 events and qualified for the finals in all four at Champs last year but failed to medal. As this is his last year at Champs, he would like to see KC take home the trophy for Champs 2012.

Jovan Williams
18 years old
Class 1- 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage, Tropical Rhythms

Jovan placed 3rd last year in the 400m at Champs with a time of 47.60m. This year Jovan wants Jamaica to look out for him as he plans to win. He feels very confident, supported by his Coach, Leaford Grant, he will be unbeatable. Jovan promises great things from KC this year, proudly reciting their motto" The brave may fall but never yield". As a God-fearing man he knows God will be with him as he dedicates his personal win for the 400m this year to KC and his family. He admires Usain Bolt and Tyson Gaye who he has met and was tremendously inspired. Also Yohan Blake whom he has had training sessions with while attending his former school, St. Jago. He transferred to KC in 2010 and qualified for both the 400m sprint finals and the 200m finals, earning a bronze for the 400m sprint at Champs last year.

 

Clive Pullen
17 years old
Class 1 - Long Jump & Triple Jump
Favorite Grace Product: Baked Beans

Clive was first introduced to jumping at Ardenne Prep by his then coach Mr. Watson. At Prep Champs for Class 3 to Class 1, Clive has been a strong jumper. He made his first National team in grade 6. In grade 8 he represented Jamaica again in San Salvador. "A lot of titles follow behind the name Clive Pullen" he says confidently. In 2010-2011 he was awarded The Prime Minister Youth Award, the year he also successfully sat his CXC examinations earning 9 subjects. Clive is also a Carifta and CAC gold medalist. He has never lost at Long Jump at Champs at the high school level. In 2009, Clive was named MVP for KC for earning the most points for his team. He was a finalist in the Long Jump finals for men at Lille France and the list goes on. For Champs 2012, Clive wants to compete injury-free. He is not setting any predictions as "with God, all things are possible as nobody knows the human spirit." As Team Captain, it is required that he leads by example so his best is without question.

 

Tevin-Lloyd Thompson
17 years old
Class 1 - 100m, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Champs 2011 was Tevin-Lloyd's 3rd year competing at the high school level, but first year to earn an individual bronze medal for the 100m Class 2. This was very disappointing as he trained hard and had his heart set on the gold. Tevin-Lloyd recalls stumbling at the beginning of the race having a bad start; still he was grateful to have contributed a point to his school. This will be the 6th year since any KC athlete has qualified for the 100m finals in Class 1 and Tevin-Lloyd has been training even harder to change that this year. Motivated mostly by his mother, his number one fan, he hopes to someday repay her with something meaningful. Winning Champs this year would be really good, especially coming so close last year.

 

 

Keniel Grant
18 years old
Class 1 - Long Jump, 100m, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

Keniel describes himself as an assiduous worker at track and a humble man at heart. His life at KC has provided him with many experiences and he has learnt from every one of them. Last year he won a silver medal for the Long jump in Class 1(first year) and a personal best of 7.49m. Despite this being the only event he competed in, it was the happiest moment of his life being the youngest in that Class last year. Keniel is keeping the faith, his humility steadfast; he is going to do his best as only his best will be good enough. He admires Kobe Bryant who plays well whenever his team needs him, with or without injuries.

 

 

Lemmar Wilson
19 years old
Class 1 - 110m Hurdles
Favorite Grace Product: Tin Mackerel

Lemmar has competed at Champs every year since he at been at KC expect last year due to shin injuries. This devastated Lemmar and accepts responsibility for his plight admitting that despite feeling the pain at the time, he chose to ignore it until the injury progressed and made training impossible. His personal goal this year is to break the 14 second barrier in the Hurdles before leaving high school. Lemmar has hopes of a scholarship to facilitate studying construction or engineering abroad. He remembers KC winning Champs, his very first year of joining the school in 2006 and would love to see his school regain the title, this being his final year with the school. Lemmar admires Asafa Powell for his personality and humility towards success.

 

Antonio Henry
17 years old
Class 1 - 200m, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Tropical Rhythms & Corned beef

This is Antonio's fifth year at Champs. His first individual medal came in 2009 for the 200m where he placed 1st and the 100m he placed 3rd. Champs last year was not very good due to groin injuries and being ill most of the training season. Antonio also struggled to balance his academics with track. This year Antonio is on form and aims to set a personal best of 21.20m for the 200m in Class 1. With regards to losing the Championships last year, Antonio feels the key players on the team did not perform to their full potential, himself included. This year the team has really jelled and they all hunger for the number one spot. Antonio admires Usain Bolt for his technique and running style and also credits his mother and fellow teammates for their support and team morale. Failing a career in track, Antonio sees himself studying business or law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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