Organisers planning for bigger McKenley-Wint Classic
After a successful first staging of the McKenley-Wint Classic last year, organisers are planning for growth when the meet is contested for the second time at Calabar High School on January 21.
Accordingly, plans are in place to accommodate more patrons this time around. Central to these plans is the erection of a temporary stand beside the track.
This was revealed by organising committee member Lincoln Eatmon at the launch of the meet at the offices of the Jamaica Baptist Union yesterday. Speaking just after the launch, Eatmon indicated that the temporary stand would be on the back straight side of the track and would add seating to that provided last year on the finish straight side.
"We're going to have stands on both sides of the track so that spectators will be able to sit," he said. Last year, reported Eatmon, the meet saw more than 2,000 patrons. "This year, we expect much larger than that," he projected.
The meet will see competitions in the 100, 110, 400 and 1500, 100, and 400 metres, the long jump, high jump, discus, and shot put in the Boys and Girls' Championships class categories.
Four competitors per school is the maximum allowed entry size for track events, with three being the maximum for field events. In addition, schools are being asked to bring their own throwing implements, which will be weighed to ensure they meet the requirement specifications.
Also on the agenda for the meet are Olympic Development 400- and 800-metre races for both men and women.
The meet is scheduled to start at 8.30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.