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Busy January for high-school track meets

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

WITH the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships set for March 15-19 and the World Junior Championships, one of several international meets for local high-school athletes on the 2016 calendar, it will be a shortened Christmas break for many under-20 athletes.

Many high-school athletes are now in holiday camps at their various institutions and are on a break this weekend. The 2016 season starts in earnest on January 9 with meets at Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High School. Both meets should be well supported as they will be used as qualifiers for Boys and Girls' Championships.

On January 16, three meets are scheduled. In Kingston, the Douglas Forrest Invitational is set for the National Stadium. Over in central Jamaica, Manchester High will host the Charlie Fuller field events meet, while at Kirkvine Oval, it will be the JAAA/Puma Development meet.

January 23 will be the busiest track and field day for the month. As many as seven meets are scheduled. Most focus will be on Red Hills Road as Calabar High, the first high school in Jamaica to get a synthetic track, will be opening that track with the staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet.

Also in Kingston will be the Big Shot Invitational at the UWI/Usain Bolt Stadium. Following a year's break due to the non availability of a track, the Central Hurdles and Relays meet will be hosted at the newly furbished G.C. Foster College track. On the North Coast, there will be the North Central Development meet in Discovery Bay, while in the east, Morant Bay High will stage the Howard Jackson Relays. In the west, Manning's School will be the venue for the Field, Distance and Hurdles meet, while there will be the Treasure Beach Classics in St Elizabeth.

On the last Saturday in January, the Queen's/Grace Jackson meet will take the spotlight at the National Stadium, while in Discovery Bay at the Noranda Bauxite Sports Club, it will be the Deon Hemmings Classic. In St Elizabeth, the annual invitational meet will be held on the grounds of St Elizabeth Technical High in Santa Cruz.