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Big guns ready for Camperdown Classic, Western Relays

Published:Saturday | February 11, 2017 | 2:00 AMRaymond Graham

The Camperdown Classic and the Milo Western Relays will highlight track and field action today as both cities get set for some explosive competition with the National Stadium and the Montego Bay Sports Complex setting the respective stages.

Several of the Racers Track Club's household names are expected to feature at the National Stadium with 2011 world champion over the 100m Yohan Blake set for his first run this season with a 400m assignments. Jevaughn Minzie, Kemar Bailey-Cole and former Calabar star Michael O'Hara are also all expected to compete in the one lap event.

Defending national boys' champions Calabar High will again show up in large numbers and will have Jamaica College, Wolmer's Boys and St Jago High for company, while on the female side, Vere Technical and St. Jago High are expected to lock horns with the likes of Immaculate, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), The Queen's School and Camperdown set to join them.

Cynthia Cook, a member of the Organising Committee is excited about today's event.

"I am very overwhelmed with the number of entries, and despite the entries being closed on Wednesday, we have been getting a lot of calls for late entries, but we just couldn't take anymore. All is set for a day of fun and excitement, and the meet will be streaming live once again following an absence last year," said Cook.

Camperdown past student Rasheed Dwyer, 200m champion at the World University Games and Commonwealth Games 200 will be the honouree at the meet.

 

Galaxy of stars

 

In Montego Bay, fans will get a chance to see double Olympic female champion, Elaine Thompson and several members from the MVP Track Club who did very well at the Rio Olympic Games last year.

These include 100m bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, along with 100m finalist, Christania Williams and 400m finalist Stephenie-Ann McPherson.

On the male side, Julian Forte who ended last season in fine style will be looking to impress, while his teammate Nesta Carter is expected to make an appearance following his absence from the track last year.

The MVP athletes are expected to get strong competition in the relays from the G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which overshadowed athletes from MVP last year.

Things should also be exciting among the high schools, especially among the females with three of the most powerful female teams Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel all sending strong squads to the second city.

On the male side it should be a battle royale between Kingston College and St. Elizabeth Technical, where the 4x400m and 4x800m.

The meet will begin at 12:00 noon with the Class One boys' 110m hurdles.