NCB Intercol Champs starts today
The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m.
The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB).
At Wednesday's launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor.
Belinda Williams, NCB's group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday's launch: "Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time."
She added: "We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance."
The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a "good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships."
UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting.
Fourteen finals - eight on the track and six in the field - will be contested on today's opening day.
Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O'Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies.
Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend.
Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today's first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without.
1 p.m.: Triple jump - men
2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase - women
3:30 p.m: Long jump - women
4 p.m: 400m hurdles - women
4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles - men
5:15 p.m: 800m - women
5:20 p.m: 800m - men
6:30 p.m: 100m - women
6:35 p.m: 100m - men