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Blake, Fraser-Pryce among stars in action today

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 2:00 AMRaymond Graham
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The heavyweights will be busy today. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, Elaine Thompson and Warren Weir will all get their season going at today's Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium and the Milo Western Relays set for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

In Kingston, the majority of athletes from the Racers Track Club are expected to be on show with the notable exception being the world's fastest man Usain Bolt.

In addition to Blake and Weir, the likes of Edino Steele, Zharnel Hughes and Kemar Bailey-Cole are expected to open up in the 400m, which get under way at 4:30pm.

The newest member of the club, Michael O'Hara will also compete for the first time for his new club as he is down to participate in the 200m.

Today's event will be the final leg of the Digicel Grand Prix series for high school athletes in the Corporate Area to qualify for next Saturday's finale at G.C. Foster College.

Athletes from Calabar High, who were absent from the Corporate Area meet in midweek are expected to be at today's Classics in large numbers and in addition to the Grand Prix, there will also be cash incentives for the top male and female high school teams in the Class One 4x100m relays.

In the west, fierce competition is expected as the high-powered MVP Track Club arsenal will be on show with Sprintech and G.C. Foster College providing the challenge.

RELAY TEAMS

MVP will be relying on world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the female relays, while the likes of Julian Forte and Nesta Carter will provide leadership among the males.

Sprintech has a formidable squad themselves with Sherone Simpson, Anneisha McLaughlin, Jura Levy and Gayon Evans carrying the flag for the Maurice Wilson-coached unit.

We should also see fireworks in the high school category as Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel will lock horns. Among the males, all eyes will be on St. Elizabeth Technical following their fine performances at Western Championships last Saturday with the red hot Nigel Ellis and Jauvaney James leading the way.

Action gets under way at the Camperdown Classics at 8:30 a.m. with the Western Relay starting at noon.