One new event for Wesley Powell meet
The shot put for Class Three girls will be the lone new event on the schedule of the 12th staging of the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean Invitational Track and Field meet, set for the Excelsior High School grounds on Saturday, December 13.
The Heart Institute joined as title sponsor of the event this year and Dr Ernest Madu, head of the institution, told The Gleaner at the event launch at the school yesterday morning that his organisation believes in supporting the growth of the sport locally.
"We think it's a treasure for Jamaica. You can't talk brand Jamaica without talking about the athletic prowess of Jamaicans. Jamaica is synonymous with athletics and we recognise the value and the contribution athletes have made over the years and we want to continue to encourage that and be part of that progress," he said.
Other events to be contested include the 150-metre and 300m for male and female for all classes; 600m classes one, two, three and open male and female; 1000m classes one, two, three and open male and female; 4x300m open male and female; 3000m female; 5000m open male; long jump classes one, two, three and open; high jump for all classes and the shot put for girls only in classes one, two and open; javelin throw open and pole vault open events.
easier access to results
The meet will introduce the dual photo finish and Wi-Fi hotspot for this year's event, thus facilitating easier access to results.
Meanwhile, three persons who have contributed to the development of the school or the meet will be honoured at this year's staging - former national footballer and softball coach Frank Brown; Alpha Academy's track coach Lorna Vernon; and track starter Vinton Powell.