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Spotlight on Isaac Henry, Ben Francis meets

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 2:19 AM
Dr Warren Blake (left), president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, and Sebastian Coe, the current president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, at the Ben Francis meet in 2015.

THE busy track and field season continues today with the third staging of the third S. W. 'Isaac' Henry Memorial meet inside the National Stadium and the Ben Francis Invitational at Vere Technical.

Both meets begin at 8:30 a.m.

Chairperson of the Isaac Henry meet, Juliet Parkes-Livermore, is very pleased with the support garnered so far for the meet.

"We have received more than 60 entries from top high school teams and this includes 1700 athletes," according to Parkes-Livermore.

"We got great sponsorship for the meet and as once the name Isaac Henry was mentioned we got full support. I would like to thank all the sponsors including past students," said Parkes-Livermore.

The meet begins with the 1500m open for females and males. Other events on the track include 400m hurdles, 400m for all classes, all sprint hurdles, 200m all classes, 800m Invitational along with Open 4x400m for males and females. The top three teams in the relay event will walk away with cash incentives. The winners will collect $50,000, second $30,000 and $20,000 for third. The field events will include long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin throw.

After moving to a new venue last year due to renovation work on its playfield, the Ben Francis Invitational meet returns to Vere Technical in Hayes, Clarendon. Organising committee member, Tamar Williams -Gayle, the head of the physical education department at the school, is happy with the support for this year's meet.

 

FAMILY ATMOSPHERE

 

"We are extremely happy with the support given as more than 30 teams have entered the meet and we are also happy to be back at home as it is more of a family atmosphere here and we are having something special for the kids in the community with a kiddies section where they can enjoy themselves," said Williams Gayle. Last year the meet lost some support as it was held the same day as the Digicel Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College.

This year's meet will have four championship events with $40,000 each going to the winning team and a cash prize of $30,000 going to the top coach. The championship events are 100 metres Class One boys, 400m Class One boys, 4x100m Class One boys and 4x400m open girls.