Over 1,400 set for Wesley Powell meet
High school and college athletes gearing up for the upcoming track and field season will test their preparation today as the 14th staging of the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean track and field meet gets under way this morning starting at 8:30 at the Excelsior High School ground on Mountain View Avenue.
Meet organiser David Riley is pleased with the entries received for today's staging and is expecting top-quality performances across all events.
"We have received over 1,400 entries from some 38 institutions and, although this has not been the biggest entries ever, we expect a high-calibre meet as most of the top boys and girls high school teams have entered and we are anticipating good results all around," said Riley, who is also president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association.
Today's event will be an over distance meet, where athletes will be competing in irregular events like the 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m, 5000m and 4x3000m relays. In the field there will be long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin, and these events will be used as qualifiers for the 2017 ISSA Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
Leading up to today's meet, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), which is the title sponsor, hosted a workshop at Excelsior High School for student athletes, coaches and parents on the topic, 'Healthy Hearts and How To Know Your Heart is Healthy'.
The attendees interacted with the HIC cardiologists during the session and learned about how they can get screened and some of the signs to look out for.
Today's meet is being staged on the only 9-lane 400 metres track in Jamaica and will see some 76 events for Open athletes as well in all classes for girls and boys contested at Champs.