Saint Lucia’s Kamillah Monroque was named the MEAC Most Outstanding Track Athlete as she took gold in both the Mile and 800m Run on Wednesday while running a leg of the victorious Distance Medley Relay on Tuesday at the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.
Monroque is from the community of Gros Islet, and attended the Babonneau Secondary School here in Saint Lucia, before taking up studies at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
This week, she had to come from behind to take gold in both of her individual events, eventually setting a new personal best mark in the mile run by 11 seconds.
The Distance Medly Relay also set a new school record in taking the top spot on the medal rostrum.
Monroque told MBC Sports that her success was simply down to trusting her coach, Carl Hicks, and trusting the process.
Well, Coppin State has a long history of developing Saint Lucian student athletes, from as far back as the early nineties.
At present, there are six Saint Lucians on the Eagles track and field team, including three men – Randy Serville, Jervonne Agard, and Jayeed Norbal.
Along with Monroque, the school’s women’s team includes Udoka Claudina Constantine, as well as Kimani Alphonse.
Monroque says that that support system is really very important to her.