Dacres on show again at Excelsior
Fedrick Dacres is set to continue his fine early season throwing tomorrow at the King of the Ring competition to be staged at Excelsior High School.
Dacres, the 2015 Pan-Am discus champion, set a national record of 68.67 metres at Excelsior on January 21. The University of the West Indies student-athlete will have his teammate, 2012 Olympian Traves Smikle as his main rival in the King of the Ring's big event.
The throws-only competition starts at 8.30 a.m. with Dacres, himself an Olympian last year, Smikle and the other entrants in the men's discus swinging into action at 1.45 p.m. The left-handed Smikle placed second to Dacres at the last meet staged at Excelsior, the Big Shot. On that occasion, he produced a fine throw of 64.64 metres.
Jamaica's other world class thrower, O'Dayne Richards is the big name in the men's shot put which starts at 3 p.m. Richards, an Olympic finalist, is building fitness after a return for knee surgery last year. The MVP putter's impressive resume includes gold medals at the Pan-Am and Commonwealth Games, the national record at 21.69 metres and bronze at the World Championships.
The top high school thrower entered is Roje Stona of St Jago High School. At a recent meet in Kingston, he emerged as one of the favourites for a Boys and Girls' Championships medal in the Class One discus. Competing at the Queens/Grace Jackson Invitational, Stona produced the longest discus throw by a Class One boy 58.36 metres - this season.
His clash with Cyrus Douglas of Jamaica College should be worth the visit to Excelsior as Douglas is improving from meet to meet. Just last week, at the Youngster Goldsmith meet, Douglas beat the Petersfield pair of Kevin Nedrick and Daniel Cope with a winning throw of 56.35 metres.
The best event for the girls might be the javelin with Youngster Goldsmith winner Sahjay Stevens of St Jago the favourite.Meet director Michael Vassell said yesterday that entries had been received from the University of Technology, the University of the West Indies, Dinthill, Jamaica College, Calabar High, Immaculate Conception High, St Jago High, St Andrew High, the Queen's School, Papine High, Camperdown High, Morant Bay High and from the title holders at Boys and Girls' Championships, Calabar High and Edwin Allen High.