The JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships 2021 were held over the past four days. The championships acted as trials for the Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled for July 23 to August 8; the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) U18 & U23 Championships – Jul 9-11, 2021 in San Jose, Costa Rica and the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, August 17-22, 2021.
Following the trials and pending confirmation by the JAAAs selection committee, four XLCR Eagles are expected to be on the team to Nairobi. The four were quite impressive at the National U20 Champs:
- Alexavier Monfries was 3rdd in 100m in 10.46s – the 2nd fastest ever by an Eagle and a mere .01sec off the school record.
- Devontie Archer was 2nd in the 400mH in 51.69s
- Malachi Johnson & Antonio Hanson were 3rd and 5th in the 400m in 46.83s (PB) and 47.31s respectively. Both are expected to feature on the national U20 4x400m Relay team.
All four ran on the XLCR Eagles championship 4x400mR team at the recent Boys Champs which set a new school record of 3:07.85.
Congrats to these four young men and to their coaches and support staff. Eagles ever soaring!
Other Eagles participating in the meet included:
- Sharvis Simmonds who was 4th in the 400mH in 54.85s
- Reuel Campbell, the third Eagle in the 400m final. He was 6th in 48.27s, a PB
In the female section the following Lady Eagles gave creditable performance:
Samoya Neil and Teiolla Harvey were 5th and 6th in the LJ with 5.59m & 5.29m respectively.
In the U18 Championships, the Eagles were represented by:
- Richard Hall – 5th in the 400mH in 56.22s
- Daniel Wright who ran 14.21 to get into the final
- Renaldino Medwinter who jumped 6.51 to take 8th in the LJ
The Lady Eagles were represented by Omarian Constable, Chenessa Davis, and Rhianna Lugg who were 4th, 5th & 6th respectively in the LJ.
The name ‘Excelsior” indicates superior quality which is demonstrated by the Excelsior High Athletics programme which continues to punch above its weight guided by the school motto Age Animo – Do it With Thy Might.