Kyle Lawrence, a Chauncey resident, caused some eyebrows to be raised at last weekend’s Second Development Meet at the Diamond Track Facility, when he improved substantially on his bronze medal winning time of 10.70 seconds, which he ran in the 100m at the 2021 NACAC U18/20 championships in Costa Rica.
Lawrence clocked a wind assisted 10.54 secs for the 100m at last weekend’s meet, a time that is said to have been the fastest time by any local athlete since Marlon Martin’s 10:14 secs in 2002.
The young sprinter was elated with his achievement.
“It’s a great feeling opening my season with such time, running 10.5 in the 100 meters which is a personal best, and a season best so far. It puts me as the fastest U20 male athlete currently in the entire country,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence credited his coach Pamenos Ballantyne and Trey James for “pushing me on both good and bad days to rise above the odds.”
Not to take away from what he achieved, the young man believes he is still a work in progress.
“My health is still not a 100% but from calculated assessment with my coach and my physio there are areas that need a bit of polishing and I will be good. Right now, I’ll rate my form above average. This season looks promising for me, Lawrence said.
Coach Ballantyne is happy with Lawrence’s achievement and progress.
“Kyle has improved a lot over the last two months…. He has already qualified for the World U20 Championship later this year in Columbia and also for the CARIFTA in Jamaica,” Ballantyne disclosed.
The qualifying times for CARIFTA and the World U20 were 10.80 secs and 10.60 secs, Ballantyne informed.
Ballantyne is hopeful that Lawrence will continue to improve and satisfy the matriculation for a scholarship by 2023.