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Top college stars for UWI Invitational

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 5:47 PMShayne Fairman
Grace Jackson (meet director) speaking at yesterday's media launch for the UWI Invitational at the Principal's Council Room - UWI, Mona.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Track and Field Invitational meet, set for March 21 at the UWI Usain Bolt Track, is expected to showcase some of the island's top student athletes.

Entry deadline has been extended to this Friday, but the expectation is that the bulk of the athletes will be drawn from the local clubs and institutions, including Racers, MVP, Cameron Blazers, UWI, G.C. Foster and UTech. Athletes from Bahamas and South African athletes who train at the University of Technology will be the non-Jamaican competitors. The 14th annual showpiece is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live to audiences worldwide.

It is being staged by the UWI Sports Development Unit, with director Grace Jackson, the 1988 Seoul Olympics 200 metres silver medallist, as meet manager.




Elite inter-collegiate athletes will square off in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, and 5000m, and field events, including the discus, shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump, and triple jump.

A total of 36 events will be contested overall, with the organisers hoping to focus on unearthing and developing prospective Olympians and future World Champs stars.

"We stick to the focus of respective groups at this meet. We are not parading over 2,000 athletes, but will have quality athletes," Jackson said.

The field-event athletes should include discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, who threw an impressive 66.30m at the Big Shot meet recently, while Hansle Parchment, the Olympic 110m hurdles bronze medalist from the London Games, could grace the track.

This year's pre-event seminar is geared towards the colleges and coaches. It is set for next Thursday, March 19, at the UWI medical science block.

Entrance fees for the meet are VIP $1,000 and $500, while students and children under 12 will pay $300.