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Big names set to sizzle at MVP meet

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:00 AMRaymond Graham

Raymond Graham

Gleaner Writer

Today's MVP Track and Field meet will take focus inside the National Stadium this evening, with the promise of top quality athletics, given the early form shown so far this season.

Following last Saturday's outstanding performances from several of the country's top senior athletes including an world leading equalling 11.07 seconds in the women's 100m from Elaine Thompson, fans are in store for three hours of top class performances once again with the main event expected to start at 3:00pm because of the overwhelming support of entries.

Meet organiser Paul Francis is excited about the meet and the support it has received.

"We have received over 400 entries and because of this we will have to start a bit earlier, running several heats but the main event with the top seeded athletes will commence at 5:00pm," said Francis.

With this being the last chance for athletes to sharpen up ahead of the Penn Relays it should be great competition for both high school athletes as well as those from clubs and colleges.

The Penn Relays will take place in Philadelphia, USA between April 28 - 30.

Besides the 4x100m and 4x400m there will be action also in the 4x800m relays with 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles along with 400m hurdles also facing the starter.

An exciting battle is expected in the men's 100m as former world champion Yohan Blake of Racers Track Club will lead a high quality field with the likes of Sprintec's Rasheed Dwyer, MVP's Andrew Fisher and World Championships 200m finalist Zharnel Hughes all posing a threat.

World Championships bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson is also expected to feature in the women's 400m event.

Following her defeat to GC Foster College's Rhonda Whyte in the women's 400m hurdles, Edwin Allen High schoolgirl Shannon Kallawan, will be hoping to avenge that defeat when both clash once again in an event, which also includes some of the country's top athletes who will be bidding for spots on Jamaica's team to the Rio Olympic Games.

These include the likes of Sprintec's Ristananna Tracey, MVP's Nikita Tracy and the University of West Indies' Rushell Clayton, who will be defending her collegiate title at the Penn Relays.

Today's meet will also be a good opportunity for high school teams in the relays. Following two sub-40 seconds clocking so far this season, Kingston College led by Jhevaughn Matherson and Akeem Bloomfield will be hoping for another big performance but with defending Penn Relays champion Calabar expected to insert outstanding Class II athlete Christopher Taylor in their line-up, this could make it more difficult for the North Street - based team.

Both teams will be pitted against Racers and MVP units, which will also be interesting to see how the schoolboys do against their seniors.

Among the girls Penn Relays favourite St. Jago is expected to parade their strong 4x100m team, which is expected to include the likes of Kimone Shaw, Shaniel English and Shanice Reid.

However, defending Penn Relays champion Edwin Allen with the likes of Patrice Moodie and Shellece Clarke along Holmwood Technical with Ashley Williams and company could make it difficult for the St. Jago quartet.

TODAY'S ORDER OF EVENT

5:00 P.M: 4X100M FEMALE

5:00 P.M: LONG JUMP MEN

5:10 P.M: 4x100M MALE

DISCUS FEMALE

5:20 P.M: 800M FEMALE

5:25 P.M; 800M MALE

5:35 P.M: 400M HURDLES FEMALE

5:40 P.M 400M HURDLES MALE

5:50 P.M : 4X800M FEMALE

6:00 P.M: 4X800M MALE

6:10 P.M: 400M M FEMALE

DISCUS MALE

6:20 P.M: 400M MALE

6:30 P.M LONG JUMP

6:45 P.M: 200M FEMALE

6:55 P.M: 200M MALE

7:10 P.M: 100M H FEMALE

7:15 P.M; 110M H MALE

7:55 P.M: 4X400M FEMALE

8:00 P.M: 4X400M MALE