Michael Clarke, who guided Calabar High to five consecutive titles since 2012, also supported his colleague’s view. “There are not too many meets,” argued Clarke, who also guided St Jago High and Jamaica College to Boys’ Champs titles. “I believe that there are not enough. These meets bring success globally. I also do believe that there are not enough after Champs,” he pointed out. “The school meets which assist in the development of the athletes are sanctioned by the JAAA,” Clarke added. Meanwhile, JAAA’s general secretary, Garth Gayle, is fully in support of the number of meets on the calendar. “No. The meets are not too many,” Gayle said strongly. “Jamaica enjoys a very vibrant and thorough athletic programme renown all over the world.” “Recently, the CEO of the IAAF attended the Kirkvine meet and he was impressed, especially at the number of competitors who participated in the meet,” Gayle recounted. Gayle disclosed that for the past six years there have been JAAA calendar conferences, where plans were put in place for the various meets. “We have a serious calendar conference, where planning is done. Jamaica have been renown for putting on high quality meets. We need to do more to develop more global stars,” Gayle concluded. ALL IN AGREEMENT Despite a total of 93 track and field meets on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) 2016-17 calendar year, some top coaches see the need for more. The coaches believe that the meets have assisted in the development and successes of top Jamaican stars due to their constant exposure to top-level competition. “I don’t think there are too many meets as we have different levels in order to properly develop athletes,” said David Riley, president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. “There are not enough meets as the (school) athletes have to qualify for Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship’s each year. Based on that, the meets are certainly not enough. Most meets don’t cover all events,” Riley added. “Last weekend at the Camperdown Classics, the only qualifying events there included the 4×100 metres relay, 800m, 1500m and 100m. There are very few opportunities for qualification,” the Excelsior High school head coach and founder of The Technique Lab added.
Gilliland, 30, is a former Chino Hills and Riverside resident who will start No. 1 next Sunday in NASCAR’s marquee event. As a rookie. With all of 12 Nextel Cup races on his resume. Only a few years ago, Gilliland was driving at Perris Speedway and San Bernardino’s Orange Show Speedway and was a crew chief for his father on the Winston West circuit. Now he is top dog at Daytona after turning a lap at 186.320 mph Sunday. If it’s not the biggest upset by a local sports figure in a major sports event, it’s certainly near the top … David Gilliland, on the pole for the Daytona 500? No, didn’t see that coming. OK, we had one hint that Gilliland might make some noise in the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford – when he finished second in the Bud Shootout on Saturday. Other stunning results involving Inland Empire athletes: Derek Parra of San Bernardino wins a gold medal and sets a world record in the 1,500-meter speedskate event at the 2002 Winter Olympics; Steve Scott of Upland tears more than four seconds off his American record in the mile by finishing in 3 minutes, 47.69 seconds in Oslo in 1982 – a national record that still stands; Phillips Finlay of Redlands routs the great Bobby Jones 13-and-12 to win the national amateur golf championship, in 1928. How obscure was David Gilliland, before Sunday? He is not listed among the 45 drivers whose faces and car numbers appear when you click on “drivers” at NASCAR’s official Web site, nor is he pictured on his bio. On the ESPN.com site, his name links to the barest of stats – with no mug shot. We called Gilliland on his cell phone Sunday afternoon, and this is what he had to say: “Hello, this is David. Leave me a message.” Not long ago, Gilliland answered his phone. Butch Gilliland, David’s father, was easily the more famous family member – until this weekend. Butch was a motorcycle racer of note, and a serious Winston West campaigner in the 1990s. David Gilliland’s in-laws still live in Chino. His wife, Michelle, was a cheerleader at Chino High School. Gilliland had a previous brush with greatness. Gilliland played on the same Anaheim Western High School golf team as Tiger Woods, according to our colleague, Jeff Gluck. Speaking of Tiger, the Nissan Open (n e L.A. Open) this week boasts eight of the world’s top nine ranked players. But we imagine tournament organizers would trade the eight they have for the one they’re missing: Woods. Sometimes a player’s real value isn’t noticed until he’s gone. To wit: Etiwanda alumnus Darren Collison sits out UCLA’s game at West Virginia and his replacement at point guard, Russell Westbrook, goes 1-for-11 with four points in a 70-65 Bruins defeat. Get well soon, Darren. Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley colleges figure to settle the Foothill Conference men’s basketball championship Wednesday when they meet at SBVC at 7 p.m. Each is 11-1 in conference play. Chaffey is 27-5; SBVC is 24-6. Chaffey won the first game, 117-98. The CIF-Southern Section basketball playoffs begin this week, and the area’s chances of a champion look better on the girls’ side than the boys’. Especially in Division II-AA, where Miller, Diamond Ranch and Norco are seeded Nos. 1-3. Redlands High School has been playing boys basketball for a century, but the Terriers never have made it past the CIF quarterfinals. They didn’t win a playoff game between 1961, when Jerry “The Shark” Tarkanian was their coach, and 1984, during Randy Genung’s tenure. This year’s Citrus Belt League champs, 22-4, are seeded fifth in II-AA and could be a semis team. Local schools most likely to win a boys CIF title: Colony, seeded No. 3 (and defending champion) in II-AA, and Serrano, top-seeded in III-A. Rivalry, please? Cal Poly Pomona single-handedly may keep Cal State San Bernardino from playing host to the NCAA Division II Western Regional. The Broncos completed a season sweep of the Coyotes last week, winning 75-69. Cal State is 12-4 and one game behind Humboldt in conference play. Maybe Pomona and San Bernardino can come to loathe each other, as they should. Trivia we came across while researching: Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena opened in 1995. Seems like yesterday … if you’re old. No thanks necessary, Sugar Shane. We advised Shane Mosley of Pomona to get back down to the welterweight division after two defeats to Winky Wright. Mosley did just that, and won an interim welter championship in Las Vegas on Saturday. Up next? Maybe Floyd Mayweather Jr, after FMJ beats up Oscar De La Hoya on May 5. Make sure you fight at the welterweight limit, Shane. Figure on Landon Donovan as a happy camper about now. The U.S. soccer standout and Redlands native had a goal and assist in the 2-0 victory over Mexico, the team he loves to hate. More on this in our blog. Mexico can’t win on U.S. soil anymore (0-7-1 since 2000), but it can still fill the stands. More than 64,000 saw the game last Wednesday in Glendale, Ariz., and the U.S. federation thanks the 50,000 or so tricolores fans. Kudos: To Steve Scott, who ran 136 sub-four-minute miles, a world record. Condolences: To Steve Scott, who missed the 1980 Olympics because of the boycott and failed to medal in 1984 or 1988. Lookalikes: David Gilliland, Matt Leinart. And Cinderella, too. Where are they now? David Gilliland is in the No.38 Yates Racing hauler, sifting through endorsement offers. They said it: “It’s like a dream I’m afraid to wake up from.” – David Gilliland, on taking the pole at Daytona. And finally: The great thing about the Daytona pole? You revel in it for a full week. Enjoy, David Gilliland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!