Relay Carnival excitement - All set for Gibson McCook Relays
All roads will be leading to the National Stadium today as one of the most popular track and field events on the calendar, the Gibson McCook Relays will take focus. Scheduled to start at 9 a.m. this will be the 41st staging of the event, which will bring top action from junior and senior athletes alike.
The senior athletes will be trying to impress the selectors for spots on the team to the World Relays scheduled for The Bahamas later this year, while high school athletes will be seeking psychological advantages going to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship slated for March 28- April 1.
Chairman of the organising committee, Professor Rainford Wilks is expected another excellent staging of the meet.
HIGH QUALITY PERFORMANCES
"I expect another great Gibson McCook Relays with high quality performances and an efficiently executed relay carnival. The cool weather recently is cause for us to be wary and it is hoped that coaches and managers will institute measures to reduce injuries. We are disappointed with the absence of the defending boys 4x400m and 4x800m champions St Elizabeth Technical and hope that whatever the issues are they can be resolved soon", said Wilks, who is hoping to have a full National Stadium today.
With a very busy schedule leading to the national high school championships, it will be very interesting to see how the various teams use their athletes with the Digicel Grand Prix - powered Eastern Championships following closely on Tuesday, Anthrick Corporate Area Development meet on Thursday and the Carifta trials on Saturday and Sunday.
High school athletes will be involved in some 11 championships events, while there will be two among the clubs and institutions.
Despite the absence of St Elizabeth Technical, competition among high school boys teams will not be affected as the likes of Calabar, Kingston College, Jamaica College, Wolmer's Boys and St Jago are expected to battle out for the top spots in all relays. Among the females Holmwood Technical following their strong showing at the Milo Western Relays, will be hoping to continue that trend where they will be strongly challenged by Edwin Allen, Hydel, St Jago and Vere Technical.
As usual it will be the high school boys, who will take the track first with preliminary round action in the 4x400m relays. The final is scheduled as the final event on the programme at 9:30 p.m. Once again the high school team with the best overall performance will be awarded with the Teddy McCook Trophy, while Digicel will be giving out awards to the top male and female high school teams.