Silver lining for Rosario
YASHEEK ROSARIO must sometimes feel that he is running in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
The St Pat’s Town sprinter is exceptionally quick but barely won a race all summer.
The good news is that he is ranked among the top four 100m runners in the New Zealand for the youth (under-18) division and is the second-fastest 15-year-old in the country.
The bad news is that Nick Smith, the top ranked youth sprinter, is the same age as Rosario and also lives in Wellington.
Which means that while Rosario has lowered his best 100m time to an impressive 11.13 seconds, his reward has been an array of silver medals.
He was the runner-up to Smith in the 100m at the national secondary schools championships, the national under-18 final and the North Island secondary schools championships, and twice chased him home at the McEvedy Shield meeting.
“It did get a bit frustrating at times but I guess it also gives me more motivation,” Rosario said.
Rosario rated his second in the youth 100m at the national track and field championships, in Wellington in March, as his best performance of the season.
He recorded 11.13 and relegated the talented Christchurch sprinter Jarvis Hansen to third. “I started a bit slowly but had a pretty good finish.”
Rosario was also affected by a groin strain early in the season. “It got a bit frustrating, so I kept running on it and it took a while to come right”.