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School Visit: St. Jago High (Boys)


Chillin & Chips for Champs - School Visit 
St. Jago High (Boys)

Interview by: Sherie Ranston
Photos: Ryan Hohn 

 

Twaine Gordon
17 years old
Class 1 - 110m hurdles, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

A former student of Ardenne High, placing 5th in the finals for the 110m hurdles , Twaine's relay team failed to qualify for the finals at Champs 2011. Due to a difficult commute from Spanish Town to Ardenne, Twaine made the decision to transfer to St. Jago. The school was already aware of his status as an athlete so he had no difficulty making the team at St. Jago. This is his 4th year at Champs, but 1st year representing St. Jago. Twaine felt that St. Jago was the best for him in order to maintain a balance between track and academics. Aiming to run under the 14 seconds barrier this year, which would be a personal best, having clocked 14.41so far. Assuming he achieves this task, he would be looking at least a top 3 placement. Twaine accepts that this will be a huge challenge and sees his biggest competition being Yanick Hart from Wolmers Boys School.

 

Roy Dudley
18 years old
Class 1 - Discus
Favorite Grace Product: "Mus di Tin Mackerel"

Standing 6ft 4' tall, this Herculian athlete is representing St. Jago for a 4th year. Admitting to falling short at Champs the last couple of years, Roy identifies fear for his fellow competitiors like KC, JC and Calabar, who have managed to stay dominant over the years, as a factor that has certainly affected his performance. Roy believes this mental hindrance is all in the past and he is focused on throwing over 48 meters to at least qualify for the top 8. Roy is dedicating his performance this year to his former, now deceased Coach Norman Barrett who introduced him to Discus, feeling that he was physically pre-disposed for this event in particular rather than shot-put. Roy is also an admirer of Melainie Walker who always has the determination to overcome.

 

Damion Jones
19 years old
Class 1 - 800m, 1500m
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

Damion was recruited by Coach Andrew Kidd in 2009. This former student of Ferncourt High School due to injuries did not compete at Champs last year. This will be his first year representing St. Jago. While attending his former school, he placed 4th in the 1500m in 2009, then 5th in the 5000m in 2010. This being his final year at Champs, he will be satisfied with reaching his personal best of 1.56m for the 800m and 4.05m for the 1500m. With the hope of a scholarship, Damion would like to become a physiotherapist after fulfilling his track endeavors. He is inspired by Kemoy Campbell, a former student of Bellefield High and also the current record holder for both the 1500m and 5000m at Champs.

 

Romario Campbell
17 years old
Class 1 - 100m, 400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Recruited by Coach Andrew Kidd for the distance team in 2006, Romario is representing St. Jago for a 4th year, having missed the first two due to groin and hamstring injuries. It was these recurring injuries that also prevented him from competing last year. Romario is the favorite to win the 400m for Class 1 but due to a recent hamstring injury is unsure if he will be competing in this event this year. He is however remaining positive and is prepared to break his personal best in both events of 10,78 in the 100m and 50.50m in the 400m. Romario is gearing up to compete in the Junior World Trials and admires Tyson Gay for his quick turnovers, aggression and technique admitting he possesses similar qualities.

 

 

 

Akeem Mclaughlin
19 years old
Class 1 - 200m, 400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Akeem is a recent addition to the team, having been recruited by Coach Kidd last September from Edith Dalton James High School. A former resident of The Bahamas, Akeem moved to Jamaica with his mother at age 15 and commenced track at his former school. Akeem has always loved track and has a cousin who is a former student at Holmwood who also engaged in the sport. Akeem was expected to do well in the 400m at Champs this year, but due to the disqualification of 13 members from the team, Akeem included, he will not be competing at Champs this year. The mishap, due to late submission concerning their documentation, was a major blow to Akeem as this is his final year to compete. Akeem recalls the initial disappointment translating to anger when he considered his months of training and preparation. With the opportunity to still accompany his team and lend support, Akeem is looking forward to competing at The Penn Relays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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