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Big Shot Invitational To Host Borel

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Two-time Olympic shot put finalist Cleopatra Borel, of Trinidad and Tobago, will be the guest of honour at the Big Shot Invitational this Saturday at Excelsior High School. Borel, who has thrown her way into two World Championship finals, will arrive in Jamaica on Friday. Her presence will add gloss to a meet that will also include throwers from The Bahamas.

Her other honours include a complete set of medals from the Pan-American Games.

In a release from meet organiser Michael Vassell yesterday, it was revealed that in addition to local high schools including Kingston College, Jamaica College, Petersfield High, Wolmer's, Munro, Edwin Allen Comprehensive, Holmwood Technical, and institutions including the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport, the University of Technology, and the University of the West Indies, the Big Shot Invitational will also host the Blue Chips Athletics Club from The Bahamas.

This recently formed club is in the vanguard of developing young throwers in The Bahamas. Late in 2016, Blue Chip Athletics teammates Jordan Lewis and Laquell Harris produced 2017 CARIFTA Games qualifying distances. Lewis reached 45.81m in the under-20 boys' discus, while Harris matched him with a mark of 41.31m in the under-20 girls' discus.

The athlete to watch may be Commonwealth Youth shot gold medal winner Kevin Nedrick. Last week at the Manchester High/Charlie Fuller Memorial, the Petersfield High School student-athlete won both the Class One boys discus and shot put events. In the latter, he triumphed in an exciting contest over reigning ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championship winner Kyle Mitchell of Calabar High School. Mitchell boomed his shot to a distance of 18.33m with his last throw, only to have Nedrick pass him with a powerful closer of 18.85m.

- H.L.