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Busy day for track and field

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:08 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
Calabar's Christopher Taylor

TODAY will be one of the busiest on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) 2018 calendar as five development meets are scheduled across the island.

Two meets, the third staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational and the Big Shot Invitational, will be held in the corporate area. Over in St Catherine G.C. Foster College will host the Central Hurdles and Relays meet while in St Ann the North Central Development meet will take place in Discovery Bay. In western Jamaica the spotlight will be on the Hurdles Fest and Relays to be jointly hosted by the Montego Bay Sports Complex and Cornwall College. All five meets are expected to begin at 8:30 a.m.




Most attention will be on the McKenley/Wint meet at Calabar High. Host team Calabar should set the place on fire once again following a dominant performance last week at the Douglas Forrest Invitational.

The defending boys inter-secondary champions totally dominated the meet in all areas and they are expected to step up the tempo today as two of their top athletes, World Under 18 110m hurdles champion, De'Jour Russell and Junior Pan Am 200m champion Christopher Taylor will be on show today. They will also have on show 400 metres runner Anthony Carpenter, sprinter Michael Stephens and the intermediate hurdler Malik James King who ran a super time in the 400m hurdles last Saturday.

Senior athletes seeking places to the World Indoor and Commonwealth Games are also expected to be at the meet. Javon Francis, the former national 400m champion who has been out of competition since last May due to injury will compete in his pet event.

Two other events, the 60 metres dash for males and females, will also take place with the winners of these races pocketing $10,000.

At G.C. Foster College, coaches will get a chance to test the new relay rule following the recent adjustment to the exchange zone which is now a full 30 metres long.