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School Visit: Jamaica College


Chillin & Chips for Champs - School Visit 
Jamaica College

Interview by: Sherie Ranston
Photos: Ryan Hohn 

 

Bejaun Jones
19 years old
Class 1 - 1500m, 5000m, Steeple Chase
Favorite Grace Product: Tin Mackerel

A former student of Mona High, Bejaun was recruited by JC in 2010. As a former football player, he is known for his stamina and started track as a 800m sprinter. After a hip injury, Bejaun could no longer keep up sprinting so he transitioned to the 5000m. Bejaun represented JC for the fist time last year and leaped from 9th place while attending Mona High to 3rd place, earning a bronze medal. Bejaun also placed 3rd in the Steeple Chase, earning his second bronze medal, at Champs last year. This was also his first time competing in this event. Bejaun's goal for Champs 2012 is to medal in all three of his events, and is hoping that at least one of them involved breaking a record. He is doing all this to make his mother proud and sees himself pursuing a career in Electrical Engineering after a successfully completing track.

 

Devaughn Baker
15 years old
Class 2 - 200m, 400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Devaughn spent his first year in Class 4 preparing for Champs, then moved up to Class 3 where he represented JC for the first time, competing in three events, the 200m, 400m, 4x100m. Devaughn placed 1st in the 200m, 2nd in the 400m and 1st in the 4x100m. Devaughn acknowledges that it was personally a really great first time experience at Champs last year, coupled with the fact that his school took home the Championship title in the Boys division. Devaugn says the goal is simply to replay the whole scenario. The only competition he sees this year, comes from fellow teammate Rohan (Sky) Walker. Devaughn is proudly representing Jamaica at the Carifta Games this year for the first time, competing in the 400m.

 

Shaquelle Lewis
18 years old
Class 1 - Shot-put & Discus
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

Shaquelle transferred to JC from Gaynstead High in third form. In fourth form he tried out for the Colts under 16 and it was during his training session he was approached by the coach of the track team, Mr. Elton Coombs to try shot-put and discus. With no prior experience in either event Shaquelle had mix feelings, but his brother Yolando Lewis, former Captain of JC's 2000 Champs winning team, encouraged him to give it a try. Shaquelle competed for the first time placing 3rd in the finals for Class 2 in the shot-put event and 7th overall for discus at Champs in 2009. In 2010, he switched his focus to his CXC's but still competed, finishing 5th overall in Class 1 boys for both events. In 2011 Shaquelle finished 4th in shot-put for Class 1 Boys and 7th in discus. This current Co-Captain for the team says he was satisfied with his performance based on the level of competition and personally he was able to contribute points to his team that led to their overall win taking the top spot at Champs last year. Shaquelle draws inspiration from German Discus thrower Robert Harting, the World Champion for 2011 and Christian Campbell from Team USA in the men shot-put. This being his final year at Champs, Shaquelle is hoping to pursue his studies as a clinical psychologist or a chartered accountant.

 

Hugh Lewis
19 years old
Class 1 - Pole Vault
Favorite Grace Product: Baked Beans

Hugh was awarded a spot at JC after sitting his examinations. He is a former student of Iris Gelly Primary. Hugh started pole vaulting in 4th form and is the current School Captain for JC. As one of the veterans on the team, Hugh feels the win last year came from the improved mindset of both the team and their coaches. Hugh credits last year's win for also extending the camaraderie within the team and says they are taking nothing for granted this year. Also a Co-Captain for the team, Hugh feels the bulls eye is definitely on their backs for Champs 2012. For him, there is never any pressure but certainly a level of expectation to represent the school and ultimately contribute points collectively as a team. Hugh placed 3rd overall last year at Champs. This being his final year to compete Hugh is hopeful that a scholarship is forthcoming. This will facilitate his studies in Physiotherapy and Sports Management and of course, further his career in pole vaulting.

 

Dirk Williamson
15 years old
Class 2 - 800m
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

Dirk represented JC for the first time at Champs last year, placing 3rd overall in the 800m and 4th in the 400m. He feels his performance could have been better but it being his first time competing, nerves played a role in his overall performance. Dirk also admits to being slightly exhausted from the 800m going into the 400m event. This year, his coaches made a decision to only allow Dirk to compete in a single event year so he can give it his 100% focus. Dirk is aiming for nothing other than first place with the hope of clocking 1.56m. Dirk is promising a stunning finish not just from him personally, but also from his team for Champs 2012. In his 3 years at JC he feels this will be the most competitive Champs this year and is reminding everyone, "Don't forget PEACE for Champs 2012!.

 

Nicolaus Phynn
17 years old
Class 1 - Long Jump & Triple Jump
Favorite Grace Product:

Nicolaus was introduced to long jump at Naggohead Primary. Nicolaus passed for JC after sitting his examinations and was first introduced to triple jump in 3rd form. This will be his 6th year representing JC at Champs. Looking back over the previous 5 years, Nicolaus earned a silver medal for Long Jump in 2009 for Class 3. In 2008 he broke his left leg while doing the High Jump at Champs. In 2010, his performance was not as expected but with his focus shifting to his academics that year, he has no regrets as his decision was not in vain now having significant improvement in that area. Due to'run-up' problems last year, Nicolaus failed to qualify for the long jump finals at Champs. He did however place 7th overall for the Triple Jump event. This year he is hoping to medal in both events, recognizing that the competition will be very stiff he plans on doing his very best.

 

Edward Clarke Jr.
16 years old
Class 2 - 100m & Long Jump
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

JC taking the win last year at Champs left Edward speechless. It was his first time being on a team that won at Champs. Edward ran the 100m placing 5th and also the 1st leg of the 4x100m record breaking team last year. In 2009 he placed 3rd in the Long Jump for Class 3. This year, Edward would love to win his 100m with an ideal time of 10.50m and along with his fellow teammates, shatter their current record of 41.21m in the 4x100m relay. Edward is a former student of Quest primary where his career in track originated. He admires Asafa Powell reminds him of himself, and is admired for his humility. Named after his father, a former student and athlete of JC, Edward has never been pressured to follow in his Dad's footsteps but is happy to live up to his expectations and has already surpassed the athletic accomplishments of his father. Someday Edward would like to become an entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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