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Youngster-Goldsmith meet attracts more than 60 teams

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:00 AMRaymond Graham
De'Jour Russell

Tomorrow's Youngster-Goldsmith meet at the National Stadium has attracted the cream of the crop from among local high schools.

Meet organiser Raffic Shaw is very upbeat after receiving massive entries.

"More than 60 teams have entered for the meet and the expectation is that it will be a day of fierce competition all round, especially among the boys," Shaw said.

The Michael Clarke-coached Calabar High will out in full force as only top 400m runner Christopher Taylor will be missing. Sprint hurdler, World Under-20 finalist De'Jour Russell, along with the likes of Michael Stevens and World Under-20 representative, hurdler Aykeem Francis are all set to appear at the meet.

The 100 metres is a late addition to the list of events at the meet and teams are being charged an extra $200 per athlete to enter the event.

According to Shaw, there has not been any complaint about the extra charge.

"These athletes want to run the 100m at the National Stadium as most of the meets this season have featured the 200m. They want to use the opportunity to ensure that they have good qualifying marks for the event going into next month's Boys and Girls' Champs," Shaw said.

Tomorrow's meet will start at 8 a.m. with the men's 400 metres hurdles for clubs and institutions, to be followed with the high school boys open, Class Two clubs and institutions, girls' open and girls' Under-18.

Other events on the track will include the, 2000 metres steeplechase, open for both males and females, and all sprint hurdles for males and females. The sprint hurdles will feature two rounds, with the eight fastest times advancing to the finals. There will also be invitational 200m events for boys Classes One, Two and Three; 400m and 1,500m.

In the field, action will get underway with Class One girls discus, high jump, for Classes Two and Four girls and Class Two boys. Other field events include the javelin for males and females, triple jump (males and females) and long jump (males and females).