Age Animo.... EXCELSIOR HIGH 2016 TRACK & FIELD TEAM FOR CHAMPS Excelsior Eagles (Male) and Lady Eagles (Female) #DASH #XLCR #ExcelsiorHigh

Excelsior Eagles & Lady Eagles 2016 Track & Field Teams
March 12, 2016

Dear All,

It's 3 days to go (literally 66 hours) and the student-athletes have been settling comfortably into the Champs Village. At their training session this morning the spirits were quite high as most are eagerly anticipating the start of competition, Tuesday afternoon.

After training, some were having their ice bath, others having breakfast, some relaxing while watching TV and others enjoying a game of Table Tennis. Earlier this afternoon Simone Forbes, Excelsorian and 5-Sport Jamaica representative, addressed the teams. Tomorrow morning it is off to church at Galilee Gospel Hall, where they will join teams from other schools for Galilee's  annual Champs Service.

Please see attached pictures of the girls and boys teams. 

Note: A few boys were absent for their photo shoot.

DASH Director

OFF TO A BANG! XLCR High's Shantae Foreman breaks high jump record and Latifah Smith wins shot-put event & Warren Barrett earns World Junior Champs shot put qualifying mark with 19.40m at JC Meet

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 BY HOWARD WALKER Observer Senior Reporters  Sunday, January 10, 2016    
CALABAR High’s Warren Barrett Jnr threw down the gauntlet early by capturing the Class One discus and shot put double at the PureWater/ Jamaica College (JC) Track and Field Meet at Old Hope Road yesterday.
Latifah Smith of Excelsior High swivels on her way to winning
the Class One shot-put with a throw of 14.24m at the
 PureWater/JC Meet yesterday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
Barrett threw 19.40m and broke the shot put record of 18.98m set in 2012 by Calabar’s Ashina Miller and, more importantly, surpassed the 18.25m qualifying mark for the World Junior Championships set for Poland in July.
Barrett, formerly of Cornwall College, had behind Vashon McCarthy of JC with 17.27m and Kyle Mitchell of Calabar third with 16.72m.
Barrett also threw 54.78m and turned back Kino Dunkley of Munro College who did 52.49m and Vashon McCarthy of JC with 51.70m. World Championships discus finalist Fedrick Dacres of the University of the West Indies (UWI) won the men’s shot put with a throw of 17.35m and went close to O’Dayne Richard’s 2011 record of 17.84m.
Latifah Smith of Excelsior High heaved 14.24m to win the girls’ Class One shot put ahead of Janell Fullerton of St Jago with 14.19m.
Isheka Binns of UWI took the women’s shot put with 13.48m ahead of her teammate Dainelle Sutherland with 12.95m.
Gabrielle Bailey of St Andrew High captured the Class Two shot put with 14.57m ahead of Edwin Allen’s Fiona Richards with 14.20m.
Excelsior’s Shauntae Foreman was also among the record up to press time, capturing the Class Four high jump with a leap of 1.62m to erase the previous record set last year of 1.60m.
CALABAR High’s Warren Barrett Jnr
The promising Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical won the 3,000m event in 10:48.62 minutes ahead of Edwin Allen’s Teresha Jacobs in 10:50.92 minutes.
Garfield Gordon of Mavis Bank High romped to victory in the boys’ 5,000m, winning with consummate ease in 15:59.70 minutes, ahead of the KC pair of Shane Buchanan with 16:18.60 and Nicholas Elliott with 16:49.90 minutes.
St Jago’s Daayshanae Hall took the Class Four 70m hurdles time final in 11.54 seconds ahead of Chantel Williams of the Convent of Mercy, who won heat two in 11.74 seconds.
Kimone McCleod of St Jago won the Class Three 80m hurdles in 11.94 from heat two ahead of her teammate Rosealee Cooper who won heat three in 11.95 seconds. more

Excelsior High's Shanice Love Wins Top Student Athlete Award and $250,000.00 Scholarship

Published 12/13/15
The Excelsior High School Athletics Programme got a big boost last evening, when Lady Eagles' team captain Shanice Love, won the Scotiabank sponsored, Howard Aris Scholarship, awarded to the Jamaican student-athlete with the top grade point average. The scholarship which was announced at the JAAA's annual Golden Cleats Awards ceremony is valued at J$250,000. (See attached pic of Shanice with her symbolic cheque).

Congratulations to Shanice on an award well deserved.

This national recognition by one of XLCR's finest, demonstrates not only the emphasis that the T&F programme places on the rounded individual, but also epitomizes the changes taking place at the school in general.

We at DASH Athletics and the school's Track and Field Programme are extremely proud of Shanice and her accomplishments as we are of all our student athletes. With 24 (16 girls and 8 boys) of our student athletes in Sixth Form we take pride in the leadership they are demonstrating within the squad as well as in the wider school population. The positive comments from the school's administration only serve to inspire us to greater achievements.

Once again congratulations to Shanice. Achievements such as this can only serve to inspire her teammates, particularly the younger ones to seek and attain excellence in all their pursuits.

Thanks to all who have supported this programme over the past 5 years. An accomplishment such as this makes the efforts all worthwhile.

Age Animo,

Shanice Love of Excelsior High, Usain Bolt, Fraser-Pryce headline nominees for the 2015 Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Scotiabank Golden Cleats

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter  Wednesday, December 09, 2015  
Shanice Love of Excelsior High
WORLD and Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce headline the nominees for the 2015 Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Scotiabank Golden Cleats male and female Athlete of the Year Awards. The two athletes headline a list of three male and four female nominees for the prestigious awards scheduled to take place at the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) on Saturday at 6:30 pm.
The sixth staging of the ceremony will also see the introduction of the Performance of the Year award which will be the only new category.
The announcement was made by Honorary General Secretary of JAAA, Garth Gayle, filling the gap for chairman of the selection committee, Bernie Panton, who was absent from the special press briefing hosted by Scotiabank at the ScotiaCentre yesterday.
The other male nominees are 110m hurdles silver medallist Hansle Parchment and shot put bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards, who won the award last year. Kaliese Spencer, who won the awards on the women’s side last year, was not included on the list which will see 100m hurdle gold medallist Danielle Williams, 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson and 400m bronze and 4x400m relay gold medallist Shericka Jackson going up against  Fraser-Pryce.
The Coach of the Year award list comprises Glen Mills of Racers Track Club, Stephen Francis of MVP and hurdles coach Lennox Graham.
The Golden Cleats Awards are aimed at identifying and honouring athletic professionals at the top of their game, while the introduction of the Performance of the Year award will focus on one standout performance.
The nominees for the award are based on their exploits at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. They are the 4X400m relay women’s gold medal performance; 100m gold medallist Usain Bolt; 100m hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams; 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson; 110m hurdles silver medallist Hansel Parchment and Rusheen McDonald’s national record performance in the preliminary round of the men’s 400m.
However, a number of performances have been left off the list including O’Dayne Richards’ 21.69m heave for bronze in the shot put which equalled the national record and was Jamaica’s first medal at the championships.
Dr Warren Blake, president of the JAAA, when quizzed about the criteria of the selection process, acknowledged that some creditable performances were left off. 

Meanwhile, three females and seven males make up the youth athletes list for the Howard Aris Award and the Howard Aris/Scotiabank Scholarships.
The female nominees are Ayesha Champagnie of St Andrew Technical (STATHS); Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and Shanice Love of Excelsior.
On the male side are Demar Gayle (Edwin Allen); Marvin Williams (STETHS); Jevaughn James (STETHS); Christopher Taylor (Calabar); Clayton Brown (Jamaica College); O’Brian Waysome (Jamaica College) and Kevin Nedrick (Petersfield).

The 2015 Excelsior High T&F Programme : The Excelsior Eagles and Lady Eagles at the recently concluded 2015 Penn Relays, where the teams made 5 of 6 finals in events competed.

by Desmond Shakespeare Published 4/28/15 
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4x400 Team; Shemar, Achebe,Nathan & Kenroy along with
 with Coaches Riley & Russell

By now most, if not all of you would have heard, seen or read about the success of the Excelsior Eagles and Lady Eagles at the recently concluded 2015 Penn Relays, where the teams made 5 of 6 finals in events competed.
This is significant for a number of reasons, two of which are: the occasion marks the 50th anniversary of the school's first participation at this prestigious and historic event and secondly it is the first time Excelsior is sending a team of girls to Penns. Also not to be lost is that for the first time in decades XLCR made a Championship of America final, as well as winning a Penn Relay shield for the first time since 1967.

All this did not come by happenstance, it is the result of five years of planning, dedication and hard work, by the student-athletes, coaches, managers and school administration. That said, the journey is no where near complete, as there is so much more to be done if we are to regain our place as one of the top track and field schools in the land.
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Lady Eagles
I would like to thank those of you who have supported the programme over the past few years. Five years ago track and field at Excelsior was near defunct. At the request of our dynamic principal, Mr Deanroy Bromfield, a group of former Excelsior High athletes set out to rebuild the programme. In the early years only very of you shared our vision, even fewer supported us in any tangible way. However as the years progressed, as more Alumni and friends recognized the value of the programme, they came on board.

We were also able to attract a number of quality coaches and with their input and the dedication and hard work of the athletes we are well on our way to making our goals a reality. However success not only inspires but attracts more people. We therefore need to prepare for more students wanting to be part of this programme come August/September. More athletes, simply put, translates into the need for more resources. As such planning for next season has already commenced, even though this one is not yet completed. 

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Age Animo
Currently we have athletes that are preparing to compete at the JAAA Junior trials in 6 weeks, with the hope of making the Jamaica World Youth or Pan Am Junior Teams to those events over the Summer. You can just imagine what it means to an individual to make a national team, and the prestige it brings to their school. As you can see track and field is a "year round" activity, and while it brings tremendous prestige to school and country, it is a extremely costly endeavour.

We are therefore asking those of you who have been supporting us to please continue to do so. However I want to make a special appeal to those who have been "sitting on the sidelines". To you I say now is the time for you as good "Age" people to come aboard and support your school, support your team. You have seen what focus, dedication, and commitment can do; you have seen what a little success can do, so let's strive for even more. It can be done; it will be done, but we need your assistance to do it.

Instructions for making contributions are listed below.

All contributions go directly and solely to the Excelsior High Track and Field Programme. DASH Athletics is a totally volunteer organization, whose administrative costs are totally absorbed by its members, who are all XLCR past students. 

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4x400 Team; Shemar, Achebe, Nathan & Kenroy 
Donations can be sent to the following:

 In North America, Hewitt DePass is the contact, address is:

DASH Athletics Group Inc.
P.O. Box 151
Yonkers NY 10710

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A
2195 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers NY 10710
Account #521526611
Routing #021000021

In Jamaica you may make your deposit to:

Account Name: DASH Athletic Foundation
Account Number: 374206060
Bank: National Commercial Bank
Address: Matilda's Corner, 15 Northside Drive, Kingston 6, Jamaica, WI
Telephone: 876-702-2421 or 876-702-2422

Attached pics include: Eagles and Lady Eagles 4x100m Relay Teams and Thank You Card.

Age Animo Forever,