Leaders chase honours in Portmore 10K tomorrow
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
AFTER a successful Mandeville 7K staging several weeks ago, top individuals and teams will be looking to extend their lead in the Burger King Grand Prix Series as the second of three events - the Portmore 10K - will be held tomorrow in Portmore, St Catherine, starting at 7 a.m.
Holmwood Technical's Shanieke Watson and her former schoolmate, Obrien Fritz, who were the top female and male finishers in Mandeville, will be hoping to extend their leads despite going an extra three kilometres.
Among the males, the biggest challenges are expected to come from veteran Damion Bent; Garfield Gordon, the Digicel Downtown 5K winner; and Dwayne Gordon, who all finished in the top five in Mandeville.
On the female side, young Crystal Brown of Mavis Bank High, along with Simoya Campbell-Johnson of the University of Technology, who were second and third, respectively, in Mandeville, will be hoping to reverse the positions as they go for crucial Grand Prix points, with one event to go in Negril next month.
The route of the event will see the athletes starting at the Burger King Portmore Mall, turn left on to Portmore Parkway, right on to Naggo Head Drive, right on to Gregory Park main road, right on to Passage Fort Drive, right on to Portmore Parkway, left on to Dawkins Drive then finish where they started.
A lot of attention will also be focused on the high schools 4x1500 metres, which was inaugurated two years ago and dominated by Holmwood Technical. This has attracted the top middle-distance high-school teams.
Kingston College, who had a battle royal with St Jago High a year ago, are the defending champions among the boys.
With Edwin Allen in danger of losing their title in the Grand Prix Series, they could put their best team in the 4x1500 metres and start favourites to deny defending girls champions St Jago High.
The Michael Dyke-coached team will want to make up for last year's defeat, when they had a healthy lead after the second leg, before their third-leg runner got injured. Holmwood, along with Hydel and Spaldings High, should make the event very interesting.