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13 championship events for Gibson McCook Relays

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 2:00 AMShayne Fairman

The prestigious and exciting Gibson McCook Relays, slated for Saturday, February 27, will see the 4x200 metres Girls' Open and the 4x200 metres for Class One and Two boys upgraded to championship events.

These events will be part of a stellar cast of 13 mouthwatering championship showpieces inside what is expected to be a jam-packed National Stadium.

The three events have been added by the organisers due to their prominence at the IAAF World Relays in recent years.

Local appliance and furniture retail franchise Singer expressed delight with being drawn as sponsor of the 4x100m Institution Men's Championship race, an event that could see Racers Track Club kingpins Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and other members of their institution square off against other top-level challengers.

Besides Singer, 12 other championship marquee event sponsors were named last Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays' 40th staging.

Advanced Scales and Equipment snapped up the 4x100m high school boys' Class One Championship, while the 4x100m High School Girls' Under-19 Championship will be sponsored by Consumer Brand (Oral B).

Beverage brand Lucozade will sponsor the 4x100m High School Boys Class Two Championship, while for the girls, Wisynco will sponsor the 4x100m High School Under-17.

EVENT SPONSORS

The 4x400m High School Boys' Open went to SOS Foods Limited and the girls' equivalent went to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, while Grace Foods will be the sponsor of the 4x400m Institution Men's Championship.

The 4x400m Institution Men's Championship will be sponsored by Grace Foods, 4x400m High Schoolgirl's Open by CIBC First Caribbean, and the 4x400m High School Boys' Open sponsored by SOS Foods.

Jamaica Biscuit Company and Consumer Brands (Head and Shoulders) selected the Boys and Girls' High School 4x800m Open, respectively.

There were 42 sponsored events for the Gibson McCook Relays, which is one of the most prestigious relay meets in the world.

It began in 1976 in honour of Kingston College founder Bishop Percival Gibson and was later renamed after Neville 'Teddy' McCook.