2011-12-29 / Sports

King Wins Royally For Canarsie Campus

Photos & Text By Orin Davidson

Shenika King Shenika King Shenika King has a major ambition to join one of the heavyweights of college track and field at Rutgers.

Last Friday the Canarsie Campus High standout gave the scouts good reason to come calling with a brilliant performance at the PSAL“Night of Sprints” indoor meet at the Armory. King dashed to victory in the senior girls 300 meters to record the lone victory for Canarsie area school competitors, in a showdown which attracted teams from throughout New York City.

King dominated the one lap event from start to finish, taking the lead from the second curve and finishing strong in 40.28 seconds. It was not her personal best time, but she was not pushed by any means, hitting the finish line 10 meters ahead of the second place finisher.

“I am pleased, it was a good performance, I think and made up for a bad night I had at Bishop Loughlin competition”, stated King. “At least I think my hard training is paying off”.

The win was her first for the indoor season and King feels she is ready to better her personal best time of 39.5 seconds she did last season. She is being put through her paces by coach Kyle Alleyne and intends to turn the tables on rival Kedecia Baird – the Bishop Loughlin 300m winner and top ranked New York PSAL contender, at the Holiday Games this week.

Although track and field is not a major discipline at Canarsie High, King was drawn to the sport by the exploits of Caribbean athletes at big global meets like the Olympic Games and World Championships.

And being Guyanese it was easy for her to be enthralled by the exploits of Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and queen Veronica Campbell-Brown.

After only two years racing competitively, the 16- year-old King has made amazingly fast progress so far.

She would not mind joining the professional ranks at some time in her career, but will have to conquer the different challenges at outdoor competition. “I have a personal best of 57 seconds in the 400 meters and I am working on coming down to 56,” she states.

In winning Friday’s 300m King started strongly, attacked the curves and maintained her form throughout the event, without much flagging, which suggests she will be tough on the bigger 400 meters track outdoors.

In the interim Shenika aims to keep her winning momentum indoors at the Holiday Games.

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