Intercol Champs on today, tomorrow at UWI
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
DEFENDING male and female champions, the University of Technology (UTech), will be hoping for a positive start when the two-day Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships gets under way today at the UWI Usain Bolt Stadium.
Action starts at 1 p.m with the heats of the women's 800 metres and the women's shot put final set to get things going. Eleven finals are down to be contested today. They are the women's shot put, men's javelin, high jump, triple jump and discus. Men being the field events. On the track, the finals to be contested are the men's and women's 100 metres, women's 3000m and the men's and women's 400 metres hurdles.
Some 440 athletes from over 14 institutions will be on show, with several national senior representatives in both categories down to participate. Among the females there will be Anneisha McLaughlin of the University of Technology, who will compete in the women's 400 metres event, while from G.C. Foster College, Anastasia LeRoy will compete in the 200 metres. Also down to compete among the females are G.C. Foster College's Audra Segree and Nickeisha Beaumont, who are scheduled to compete in the 100 metres and long jump, respectively, while former World Junior representative Carrie Russell will line up in the 100 metres for UTech.
Among the males, the leading participants include Gibson Relays 110 metres hurdles record breaker Hansle Parchment of the University of the West Indies, who represented Jamaica at the last year's Commonwealth Games. UTech's Kimmari Roach, who also did well at the Gibson Relays, will compete in the men's 100 metres along with G.C. Foster College's Rasheed Dwyer. Dwyer is also a Commonwealth Games representative.
Tomorrow, the championships which is in its 50th year will honour two long standing members within the intercollegiate association. The honourees are former senior lecturer and sports organiser of Church Teachers' College Serdinand Boyd, and Roy Palmer, a member of staff at the G.C. Foster College.
At this year's meet, athletes who place first in their respective events will receive plaques instead of medals. In addition, athletes placing fourth to eighth in their respective events will receive an official certificate of participation. The overall champion male and female athlete will also each receive a Swiss watch.