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Central Hurdles and Relays meet in spotlight

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2013
Calabar High's Michael O'Hara.
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Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

MOST attention will be focused on G.C. Foster College today and this year's staging of the Central Hurdles and Relays meet. Start time is 8:30 a.m.

The hurdles events will be exciting and close battles are expected with the girls and boys' 400 metres hurdles open being the first track event on the track.

The boys' event will be interesting and all eyes will be on Omar McLeod, Okeen Williams and Yannick Hart. McLeod, formerly of Manchester High School and a member of Jamaica's team to last year's World Junior Championships, will make his debut for Kingston College after transferring to sixth form in September.

St Elizabeth Technical's Williams should also do well, while Hart of Wolmer's Boys', who started his season a week ago at the Douglas Forest Meet with a 54.77 seconds clocking, will be hoping to go lower.

McLeod and Hart will also clash in the sprint hurdles. Both did well at 'Champs' last year in the Class 1 110m hurdles and should continue their fierce rivalry. Jamaica College's Tyler Mason, a Class Two standout last year, should also face the starter.

In the boys' Class Two event, Calabar High's Michael O'Hara looks set to continue his excellent form. The lanky Calabar athlete is an exceptional talent and following his good 200 metres win at the Douglas Forrest meet last Saturday he should welcome competition in his pet event.

World Junior representative Chrisdale McCarthy is expected to lead a strong St Jago High charge in the Class One girls' hurdles. McCarthy started her season on a winning note last Saturday, but she did not have things her own way as her teammate, Shaniel Francis, pressured her all the way. Francis had a low-key 2012 because of injury but showed last Saturday that she is approaching peak fitness.

Tatiana Wolfe, formerly of Alpha Academy, could give the Spanish Town school a clean sweep of the top three spots.

Another intriguing battle is expected in Class Two as the top three from Champs 2012 - Camperdown High's Petage Gaye Williams, St Jago's Tishanna Monteith and Holmwood Technical's Yanque Thompson are expected to make it a very hot event.

Other events to be contested today are the 400m for boys and girls in all classes, 1500m for Class Three boys, clubs and institutions, 200m for clubs and institutions along with 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m relays.