Within the lengthy historical past of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Ladies’ Athletics Championships (Champs), solely former Calabar Excessive Faculty captain Christopher Taylor has bettered 48 seconds over 400m in his first yr in Class Two. Mark Anthony Miller of Jamaica School (JC) could possibly be subsequent.
Miller clocked 48.08 seconds to win on the Company Space Championships final month and his coach, Neil Harrison, stated, “I get pleasure from teaching athletes with vary, and he’s one such athlete with an excellent vary, you realize, from one to 4; however I feel as he goes alongside, he tends to be having fun with the occasion simply now.”
Harrison thinks Miller could make the breakthrough.
“He already ran sub-48, simply unlucky to not obtain the time,” he stated. “On the meet at JC, I feel the clock malfunctioned. I had him at 47.5.”
The official outcome on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation Qualifying Trial meet on February 27 was 48.31.
“I feel the precise second will communicate for itself.” Harrison stated.
If Miller is profitable, he received’t be the primary JC boy to do it.
Thirty years in the past at Champs, JC’s Edward Clarke grew to become the primary Class Two boy to breach the 48-second barrier. His document, 47.49s, stood till 2007. JC’s Sekou Clarke blazed a profitable time of 47.57s in 2000, and in 2013, Devaughn Baker, additionally of JC, received the Champs’ first sub-47 race in 46.64s.
Taylor zipped below 48 in his first yr in Class Two with occasions of 47.25s and 47.04s in 2015.
If the nation’s marketing campaign in opposition to COVID-19 permits for Champs to be held, Miller will run 200m as nicely.
“Primarily based on the composition of the workforce, it would extra doubtless be the 200m and the 400m,” Harrison stated.
Miller received each occasions on the Company Space Championships.
Harrison hopes Miller, his season-leading 4x400m workforce, and the remainder of his imposing squad may have the possibility to compete at Champs.
“I simply need COVID to behave itself and provides us a possibility to show the form of high quality that we’ve got,” he stated.
Xavier Brown, Tariq Dacres, Malique Smith-Band, and Javier Brown received the Company Space 4x400m closing in 3:10.79 minutes, with splits of 47.4s, 48.5s, 48.5s, and 46.3s.
“Fairly truthfully, I’ve extra in retailer, and the factor of shock will current itself,” Harrison stated with a chuckle.
The victory was achieved with out Guyana’s Revon Williams, who was third within the Class One 400m with a time of 47.52s.
“I’m simply hoping that there’s a Champs,” Harrison stated. “The boys, they’ve labored arduous, they wish to show their expertise, they’ve their very own goals and targets, and I feel one thing good is within the making with this group of boys.”