Sunday 31 May, 2020

Matherson not leaving KC for Calabar, but will train at Racers

KC's star sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson.

KC's star sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson.

Kingston College’s (KC) star sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson will be taking orders from Racers Track Club head coach Glen Mills for the next track and field season, which begins in January.

The report came a few days following reports on social media that Matherson was heading to rivals Calabar High to compete his final year at sixth form.

However, his guardian Stewart Jacobs denied that Matherson is seeking a transfer to Calabar High. In a report, Jacobs said Matherson will compete his sixth form studies at KC, but will train at Racers Track Club.

Matherson was the big favourite to win the Class One sprint double at the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium, but injured himself when competing in the semi-finals of the 100 metres.

He had to be helped off the track after clutching his right thigh after crossing the finish line.

Matherson won the heat in 10.72 seconds ahead of Calabar’s Michael Stephens to qualify for the final with the fastest time. However, he false started in the final and Calabar seized the opportunity to secure a one-two finish through Stephens (10.41)  and Tyreke Wilson (10.52) for 16 massive points.

Matherson had qualify for the 200-metre final with the fastest qualifying time and wasn't expected to compete in the final as a result of his injury.

But sensing a nail-biting finish for the 2017 title, KC needed as much points as possible as Calabar had two athletes in the event.

Matherson showed up for the final and was never in the hunt. He jogged home to finish seventh in 25.35 seconds to hand KC two crucial points.

The injury to Matherson and other mishaps denied KC the 2017 Champs title.

In one of the most exciting and closest championships in the 107-year history of the Boys and Girls' Championships, Calabar claimed their sixth straight title as a result of the mishaps, which affected KC as the school lost by three points.

 

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