Jamaica Observer / Kingston College (KC) ace sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson made his long-awaited seasonal debut at the Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday. The sixth former suffered a devastating hamstring injury in the 100m semi-finals at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships last year and has not run a proper race since then.
On Saturday he anchored KC to victory in the Class One 4x100m in 40.58 seconds ahead of Petersfield High (40.99) and Rusea’s High (41.09).
Matherson was happy to return to competitive action in what promises to be a long season.
“It feels OK, it went according to plan and I finished injury-free and we got the victory, so it’s a good feeling,” he said.
KC have always done well at the Milo Western Relays and, while the expectations from the fans may be high, it does not affect the athletes mentally, says the former quarter-miler.
“Everytime we go onto the track we expect big things, so it is just a normal day coming out here and getting the victory,” he said confidently.
While he has been taking his time working his way back to full fitness, his fans have been wondering and asking questions about his state of readiness, and Matherson has sought to allay those fears.
“I am healthy, no worries about my health, so I am just continuing to build and working until the bigger one (Champs), so I will be working until then,” he assured.
KC won a total of six relays on the day. In addition to the Class One 4x100m, they also went on to win in Class Three in 44.44secs and in Class Four in 45.6 (hand timed). They won the Class One 4x200m in 1:27.78, the 4x800m in 7:44.94, and the final high school event, the 4x400m Open, in 3:11.58 following a stirring duel with Petersfield High.
Antonio Watson gave Petersfield the lead after outlasting Nathaniel Bann on the third leg, but KC team captain Dashawn Morris was able to reel in the Petersfield anchor leg runner near the finish line to secure victory for the boys from North Street.
— Dwayne Richards