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Bloomfield gets going today ... KC star set for Youngster Goldsmith debut

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 2:00 AMRaymond Graham

AFTER an outstanding first-year Class One season in 2015, Kingston College's Akeem Bloomfield will make his season debut today at the Youngster Goldsmith Classics, a Digicel Grand Prix meet, which is set to start at the National Stadium at 8:30 a.m.

Bloomfield became the first schoolboy to go under 45 seconds in the 400m when he clocked 44.93 seconds in winning the event at Champs last year, in the process breaking Davian Clarke's national junior record (45.21) and Javon Francis' Champs record (45.00).

The youngster, who was injured while running the second leg on the 4x100 metres relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last April, will be one of several outstanding schoolboy athletes to take the track at today's meet, where athletes will qualify in specific events for the Digicel Grand Prix finals.

The series is slated to culminate on February 20, with the G.C. Foster Classics.

Beside Bloomfield, fellow Kingston College standouts Jhevaughn Matherson and Shivnarine Smalling in Class One, as well as Calabar's outstanding Class Two team led by World Youth 400 metres champion Christopher Taylor, Tyreke Wilson, and Dejour Russell should impress.

The 400 metres hurdles for Under-18 girls will get the meet going today, where all the sprint hurdles will be contested. This is the only meet where the sprint hurdles will see heats and finals, unlike other meets, where a straight final system is the norm.

Top high-school athletes from across the island will be competing for $16 million in cash and prizes. Today's meet at the National Stadium will coincide with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall complex in Montego Bay, where Digicel Grand Prix male champions St Elizabeth Technical will be on show.

The top events to be contested in the Grand Prix series are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 4x400m on the track, while in the field it will be long and high jump along with the discus throw.

Top two athletes from each event from the first five meets will earn the first six spots for the finals at the G.C. Foster College.