Hoyte gets athletics scholarship

Jaquone Hoyte is all set to take his track and field career and by extension his education to the next level.

The former St Leonard’s Secondary schoolboy is scheduled to depart Barbados on Friday for Western Texas College on a scholarship where he will pursue a degree in Sports Management for the next two years.

The 19-year-old CARIFTA silver medalist who once held the title as the fastest schoolboy in Barbados, said it was long in coming and now that his prayers have been answered, he intended to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

Jaquon Hoyte

“I feel really blessed. I really want to thank Texas College for putting their faith in me and giving me a full scholarship.  I have been working really hard and so far they [Western Texas College] offered me the best deal and I decided to go with it,” he said.

A well-known attraction at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship, Hoyte will work under the guidance of head track and field coach at Western Texas College, James Williams.

“I have been in touch with Mr Williams on Whatsapp and I know a few areas that we need to work on. So I am prepared to work hard, get a lot stronger mentally, improve a lot more on my endurance especially my speed work because I know I am capable of a lot more. So I am just going there to work hard, learn as much as possible and let my coach guide me along,” Hoyte told Barbados TODAY.

Explaining how disappointed he was at placing sixth when CARIFTA was held in Grenada last year, Hoyte made it his mission to earn gold when the Games was held in Curacao a few months ago. However, it was not meant to be as he missed out by one hundredth of a second when Compton Caesar of Guyana nipped him on the line in 10.46 seconds.

Even though it was a bittersweet occasion in what was his final year in Barbados colours at the CARIFTA Games, he said the journey would not have been possible without the assistance of coach Bryan Holder at the High-Velocity Management track club.

Having accomplished a season best of 10.38 this year at the May Classic, which automatically gained him entry into the Pan American Junior Games last month where he finished fourth overall, Hoyte said his aim was to clock less than ten seconds by the time he leaves Western Texas.

“In  2014 I was running ten point nine seconds and fast forward to 2017 where my personal best is ten point three and for me that is a great accomplishment and I can only get better from there. I put in a lot of work to get down there and hopefully by the next two years I will be running under ten seconds,” Hoyte said.

6 Responses to Hoyte gets athletics scholarship

  1. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman August 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Congrats and may the good Lord goes with you.

  2. Merlene Clarke
    Merlene Clarke August 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Lurleen Hoyte…your grandson?

  3. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne August 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Congrats to you

  4. ricardo August 15, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Good goals…under 10secs you in with a chance of being a recognized athlete. Good luck to you.

  5. Simone August 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Excellent! Best of luck to you Jaquon. Seize this opportunity and work it!! Remember to also enjoy the experience.

  6. MARY H. WILLIAMS August 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Congratulations. Praying that you will succeed in everything you are going to do. God’s blessing go with you.


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