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Track and field season gets started today

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

The Corporate Area and Western Jamaica will take the athletics spotlight today as Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High hosting the first meets of the year on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association calendar.

At 189 Old Hope Road in Kingston, it will be the 24th staging of the Purewater/JC Danny Williams Track and Field Development Meet, while at Herbert Morrison High in Montego Bay it will be the First Chance Meet. Both meets will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Over 60 teams are down to compete in Kingston and meet organiser, Ian Forbes, stated that everything is in place.

"At this moment, we have received entries from over 60 teams and the top boys and girls teams in the island, including, Calabar, Kingston College and Jamaica College on the male side along with Edwin Allen, St Jago, Holmwood and Vere Technical on the female side have all entered and we expect a day full of keen and good competition," said Forbes.




The meet will also see one of its Old Boy's in Ruel James being honoured also has a new name with former board chairman Danny Williams' name being added.

The first event on the track this morning will be the girls Open 3,000 metres and this will be followed immediately by the boys Open 5,000 metres. All eyes will be on Kingston College's Ari Rodgers, who will be making his first appearance on the track for his school. Ugandan Rodgers has been creating a storm since his arrival at the North Street institution as he has been very dominant on the road in 5K events with his last two victories coming at the Hugo Chambers and the G.C. Foster 5K, where he dominated his seniors with outstanding course times.

Other events down to take place today on the track are 100 metres along with 80M, 100M and 110M hurdles. On the field those events down to be contested are long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and pole vault.

Athletes from colleges and clubs will compete in Open events, while high school athletes will compete in their regular classes.

As usual, the outstanding athletes will walk away with trophies with ten to be given out to those selected by the judges in each class and category.