JC hope to justify millions invested in track programme
Wayne Robinson, the acting principal of Jamaica College (JC), is hoping that his boys can justify the millions of dollars that have been pumped into the school's athletics programme by performing 'creditable well' at the 2020 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
Robinson admitted that even without counting the cost for the synthetic track which adorns the Ashenhiem Stadium on the school's ground, the athletics programme cost millions to run and he hopes his boys will improve on the 250.50 points they tallied last year.
"In terms of running a programme, it cost millions of dollars. It takes money to attract the best coaches out there and provide the boys with the correct nutrition. And so we hope that we can perform creditably well not just for us, but also for the Old Boys who have invested so much," Robinson said.
"We have been blessed over the last year with a track, which is one of the few synthetic tracks in schools in Jamaica, and that also help our preparation and production, and we want to show that we are justified in getting that track by performing creditable at Champs.
"We raise our standards every year in terms of points. Our boys are training, and so we are anticipating to go out there and do the best that we can."
JC finished third in the standing last year after the appointment of Neil Harrison as head coach, who implemented a three-year programme that is scheduled to show some real prowess next year and try to end their almost-decade wait to lift the Mortimer Geddes trophy.
But until then, Robinson is hoping that the boys from Old Hope Road can break records, like Christopher Scott did when he lowered the Class Three boys' 100m to 10.69 seconds last year, to appease the Old boys who have pumped millions of dollars into the programme.