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Calabar, KC, Edwin Allen expected to show force today

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
Edwin Allen's Kevona Davis
KC's Ari Rodgers
Calabar's Christopher Taylor

FOLLOWING the staging of three JAAA-sanctioned development meets last weekend, the 2018 track and field season will step up a notch today with the staging of three more meets across the island.

These are the Douglas Forrest Invitational at GC Foster College, the Manchester High School Field Events Meet at Manchester High, and the JAAA/Puma Development Meet at Kirkvine Sports Club. All Meets are slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Undoubtedly, most attention will be centred in central Jamaica at the Kirkvine meet, which will see its 35th staging and is expected to be very competitive, especially on the female side, where powerhouse teams Edwin Allen High, Holmwood Technical, Vere Technical and Manchester High - all previous national high school champions - will be joined by the likes of first timer St Andrew High School out of Kingston, St Elizabeth Technical High, Rusea's, Spalding, St Catherine High and Old Harbour High.

Last year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships runners-up Kingston College will be represented with a very big squad here, while the likes of St Jago, St Elizabeth Technical, Jamaica College, Manchester High and Munro College are some of the other teams down to participate here.

Following a dominant performance at last Saturday's PureWater Danny Williams Jamaica College Invitational meet - especially in the jumps - the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen will be strongly represented on the track this time around as several of their high-profile athletes will be making their season debut.

Fans will get an early indicator of what is to come at Champs as Holmwood are on the comeback along with St Jago High, and both will want to send early messages to the champions.

After some disappointment last year in not winning the national title after being registered as overwhelming favourites, all eyes will be on Kingston College as this will be their first outing this season with the champions, Calabar High, featuring at GC Foster College.




Meet director Maurice Wilson is very optimistic and stated that everything is in place for another memorable day of competition.

"The response from the various schools have been amazing, and once again we expect some great performances as there has been some upgrading on the field and the recent weather has helped as it will be fully rolled. We expect another great atmosphere as usual, and once again we will be honouring four individuals, who over the years have contributed to track and field, and this meet especially,"said Wilson.

The events down to be contested are: 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, 5000m, 4x800m relay Open and 1500 metres, which will be restricted to three athletes per class.