Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
THE island's top high-school athletes will start the first of many battles this season when the 2013 track and field season begins this morning with the staging of the Wata/JC meet on the school's campus on Old Hope Road, St Andrew, starting at 8:30.
Following a short Christmas break for most of the athletes, it will be action time as they attempt to gain early qualification for the March 12-16 Boys and Girls' Championships. Not only will qualification standards be at stake but it will give a chance for some athletes to gain an early psychological advantage over their rivals.
It could be a long day for both athletes and fans as there has been a record number of entries according to meet director, Ian Forbes.
"We are very pleased with the amount of entries we have got. It is more than 2,000 because coaches are aware that the Boys and Girls' Championships is early and they want their charges to meet early qualification standards," said Forbes who is also the second vice-president of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association.
The first event on the track will be the girls' 3000 metres Open which will followed by the boys' 5000m Open. Other events on the track will be the hurdles for boys and girls in all classes, 100m, 800m and 1500m.
Field events include the high jump, long jump, discus, shot put and pole vault.