(SNO) — Another talented young Saint Lucian is off to school in the United States, as Jervonne Agard continues the pipeline of nationals who have enrolled at Coppin State University in Maryland.
Agard, who is an alumnus of Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, follows in the footsteps of former student-athletes such as Nicholas Eugene PhD, who is now on staff at Coppin; more recently, Michael James who set national records during his time at CSU; and Randy Serville who accepted a scholarship to join the Eagles men’s track team just last year.
Agard amd Serville are working under the tutelage of long-time men’s cross country/track and field coach, Carl Hicks who has been managing the Coppin State programme since the year 2000. Hicks, since he took over the reins as head coach, the men’s squad has set 22 school records on the track and produced 14 conference champions.
Turning 20 this year, Agard is a member of Roadbusters and a former member of Morne Stars Athletics Club in Saint Lucia.
At Coppin State, where he started classes this week, Agard will be studying towards a degree in political science.
Says Agard: “I have been working towards it, creating my NCAA account and so on. Michael James and [coach] Gimry Lewis have been helping me out by guiding me throughout. Coach Hicks appreciated my range and academic work ethic so he gave me an opportunity. And I am looking forward to making the most of it.”
A remarkably versatile athlete, Agard has excelled at distances ranging from 100m to 800m, though the bulk of his success has been in the 200m and 400m events. It remains to be seen where he will apply his talents with Coppin State.