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Relays to highlight Burger King Portmore 10K

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Kirk Brown

The high schools 4x1500 metres relays, which coincide with the annual Burger King Portmore 10K, have become very popular events during the Burger King Series, and come tomorrow, it should be no different as several leading high schools should be in attendance.

The organisers have also invited tertiary institutions, and it will be very interesting to see how the colleges fare among the high school teams.

A year ago, St Jago High, with a strong middle-distance team including the likes of Keenon Lawrence and Thaleetio Green, dominated the male section ahead of Kingston College and Holmwood Technical. With Holmwood's top middle-distance athletes, Ryon Butler and Denvare Robinson, now attending St Elizabeth Technical, the team from west is expected to pose a very strong challenge.

Among the females, it should be interesting to see if the high school teams, led by middle-distance powerhouses Edwin Allen and Holmwood Technical, can contain collegiate teams G.C. Foster and University of Technology. Several past students from the top high school teams in middle distance are now at local tertiary institutions.

The 10K event, which starts at 6:30 a.m., should also be exciting. The outstanding Kirk Brown will be hoping to continue his dominance. G.C. Foster College's Oshane Archibald, who was second last year, could upstage Brown as he has been in great form this season on the road.

Archibald easily captured the Knox College Invitational 8K event last Saturday, and then the following day, he returned to win the inaugural Pump It Up Mico 5K event.

Among the females, it should be a keen battle between the likes of G.C. Foster College's defending champion Danielle James and schoolgirls Teresha Jacobs of Edwin Allen; Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical; and Hydel High's Monifa Green, who captured the Mico 5K event last Sunday.