Everad Samuels spent most of his young year playing his first love cricket. That love would be shorts lived, after entering St.Andrew Technical High School in 1974 under the strong influence of coach McLean, affectionately called “Mr. Mack”. The plan was for him to continue in cricket playing, in the sunlight Cup, until one afternoon while playing football on the grass field , that plan was squashed. Jamaican Youth track coach, Foggy Barrows had visit with Mr. Mack and spotted the long legged young man on the field.
He first wore the STATHS colours in 1975 at the Gibson Relays, where he anchored his team 4 X 100m to victory. He remained the “Anchor Man” on the team for the next two years and contributed significantly to the team’s victories. His champs debut would start in class 1, with an unfortunate experience, having slipped in the 100m finals, placing him fourth he went on to grab the bronze in the 200m. He would put those disappointments behind him the next two year, 76 saw him equalizing in the 100m record in the heat, running 10.4 second while beating previous record holder, KC’s Bally Reid. He went on to win the finals in 10.9 sec. Samuels later chipped 0.1 secs off the 200m record, leaving it at 21.4 seconds while taking the gold and anchoring his team to a third place finish in the 4 X 100m. In 77’ in his final year, he left his mark on the event. He staged a clinic with a repeat of his 1976 sprint double. He was an easy winner of the 100 in 10.7 seconds and produced the first sub 21 secs 200m in champs history in his semi with a run of 20.9 seconds. The high – knee-
He studied at Nebraska University and Taft College, while continuing to represent Jamaica. In 1983, he became the 100m national champion, which earned him a spot on the inaugural world championship team held in Helsinki Finland, competing in the 100m and 4X 100m. That year he also went to the Pan American Games in Venezuela, competing in the 100m, 200m and 4 X 100m. Everad spent time competing on the US and European circuit, lining up with the best in the world. In 1986, he ran 21.12 indoors, setting an unofficial Jamaican indoor record, this ranked him as the eight fastest in the world that year.
Everad would go on to impart his expertise to up and coming athletes at Tufts University Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the high school and club level. He decided to dust off his spikes in 2007 and started competing on the master’s level. He would go on to win many medals in the USATF meets, setting American records and a world record in the men’s 50 and over 200m, running 22.53 beating the old record of 22.58 in 2008.
Best known as “Sam, he resides in the US with his wife and works as a operation coordinator at the world renowned Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. He continues to give back through guiding young athletes who are eager to master the art of track and field.
Alrick Wright went to Harbour View All Age School, as young child, he started running at 9 years old in 1973 he was voted champion boy at harbor view All Age School. He started St. Andrew Technical High School( STATHS) in 1974 and being a rookie on the STATHS track and field team he excelled. H e became a very important part of the school 4 X 100 reloays team and participated at the Penn Relays from 1976 to 1979. They won several awards inclusive of gold medals.
Alrick migrated to the USA in 1980, where he attended community college in Philadelphia earning an AAS Degree. Alrick received certifications from the U.S.A Track and Field officials in 2002. His first assignment was at the 2002 running of the Penn Relays. He plied his trade at Penn’s in subsequent years. Before receiving certification as an international track official, he was a starter, for the Junior OLYMPIC Development, and the American Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Development meets all across the United States. He is the father to 3 kids, 2 boys and 1 girl. He had the Pleasure of seeing all 3 of them participated in the Penn Relays as they grew up. Alrick is now in Real-
Raymond Vassell is a former top athlete for the St. Andrew Technical High School. 1973-
They were known as “The Dream Team.’ Vassell was the only member of the team who ran four(4) consecutive years at the Penn Relays. After graduating from STATHS he attended the College of the Atrs, Science and Technology (now University of Technology Utech). Vassell was later awarded a track and Field Scholarship to study at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) which he represented in the 100, 200 and 4X 100Relays over his four year tenure of study. He later graduated with a Bachelors Degree(Summa Cum Laude) in Electro-
Stafford Gaynor started St.Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in 1973 and graduated in 1978. While at STATHS he was a proud member of the track team and was among the first fifth form group to sit “A” level exams in one year.
Stafford represented STATHS as a class 2 sprinter for 2 year and subsequently for three consecutive years class 1 as a class one athlete at the boys Championships. Just enjoying running with the 4 x 100 team STATHS outstanding performance was challenged in 1975,1976 and 1977 by the visiting teams from the USA but STATHS prevailed and proved to Jamaica and the world that the team at STATHS was the fastest high school boys 4 x 100 team on the planet.
After graduating from high school, Stafford worked at JAMAL for a few months before migrating to the USA in December of 1978. In 1979 he attended New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and was offered a scholarship but denied the offer so the funds would be available to bring an athlete from Jamaica. Stafford was also a member of the track team while in college and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in art. In 1985 Stafford worked in corporate America and the with NYC retirement system and finally with the NYC board of education. He’s happily married and is the proud father of three amazing children.