Purewater/JC meet to kick off busy January
It will be a very short Christmas break for high school athletes with a busy 2017 track and field season getting under way in the first week of January with the Purewater Jamaica College Invitational meet, which will take place on the school campus at Old Hope Road on Saturday, January 7.
It will indeed be a very busy month for the athletes, which will see some 12 development meets across the island during that period. As usual, big numbers are expected at the JC meet as following the Christmas break the coaches usually use this meet to see exactly where their athletes are following the festive season. On that day also out west, there will be the First Chance meet at Herbert Morrison High School in Montego Bay.
Central Jamaica and Kingston will take the focus the following week on Saturday, January 14 with three meets down to take place - the Manchester High School field event meet at Manchester high school, the JAAA /Puma Development meet at Windalco, Kirkvine, and the Douglas Forrest meet inside the National Stadium.
Six meets will take place across the island on January 21. In the east, there will be the Morant Bay Relays at Morant Bay High School, in the north there will be the North Central Development meet at Discovery Bay in St Ann, with the other meets being held in Spanish Town, Kingston and Montego Bay.
In Spanish Town, there will be the Central Hurdles and Relays at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, while in Kingston the second staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet will be held at Calabar High School, with Excelsior high hosting the Big Shot Invitational for throwers.
Teams from the west will not have to journey into Spanish Town for hurdles and relays as Montego Bay Sports Complex along with Cornwall College will be hosting a Hurdles Fest and Relays meet.
Things will be a bit quitter on the final Saturday of the month, January 28, as only two meets are scheduled for this day. Once again the National Stadium will play host to the Queen's/Grace Jackson meet, while St Elizabeth Technical in Santa Cruz will stage the St Elizabeth Invitational meet.