MVP stars to power Milo Western Relays
It's all systems go for this year's staging of the Milo Western Relays, now in its 37th year, and, as usual, a glamorous list of athletes from some of Jamaica's biggest track and field clubs, including MVP's double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, as well as top high-school stars, are down to participate.
Action begins at noon at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, with the final event set for 9:50 p.m.
Among the many track clubs and institutions will be stars from MVP, Sprint Tech, G.C. Foster College, UWI, Comets Track Club, and Cameron Blazers.
Other MVP athletes who will be on the track are Kaliese Spencer, Nesta Carter, Stephanie-Ann McPherson, Christine Day, Carrie Russell and Jeneve Russell.
Also expected to compete are Sherone Simpson, now running under the Sprint Tech banner, and quarter-miler Jermaine Gonzales of Cameron Blazers. Simpson will be no stranger on the Montego Bay Stadium track, having been a regular over the past four seasons.
Gonzales, meanwhile, is back on track and healthy, according to his coach Bert Cameron.
"Gonzalez did three surgeries since the 2012 Olympics in London where he broke down in the 4x400m relays. But we have him here to compete in the 400m competitively for the first time since that time. I am expecting he will do well and have a good year after such a long layoff," said Cameron.
KC expected to shine
Kingston College won six relays and broke four records at this event last year, and are expected to take on all comers again, including St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), who they lost to in the final race of the event - the 4x400m for high-school boys.
On the girls' side, Champs winner Edwin Allen, Holmwood, Hydel, STETHS and Green Island Class Two 4x200m quartet will liven up the meet, with Petersfield and Rusea's High School also in with a shout, as they battle for top honours.
Green Island head coach Michael McIntosh is mindful of the opposition, but is talking up his school's chances of upsetting some of the more fancied schools.
"It should be an interesting meet, and I am looking forward to some good runs from my athletes. Rudolph Croll and Travis Irons are looking really good for the Class One boys 100m, but the Girls Class Two is where we feel the others may have to chase us," he said.
Thirty-one relays will dominate the days' action with a further 22 other flat events and four field events, including the shot put and discus throws. The flat events include all classes of hurdles, including for seniors as well as the 100m and 400m for men and women, the 1500m for women and the 3000m for men.