Best local talent for Milo Western Relays
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
More than 1,500 athletes from western Jamaica high schools, track clubs and institutions are down to compete in the 37th staging of the Milo Western Relays, on Saturday, February 14 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, beginning at noon.
The total number of participants will top 1,800, Ray Harvey, the relay's organising committee chairman, said at a recent launch.
Athletes are drawn from primary, prep and secondary schools, and will also include top names from clubs and institutions, including MVP Track Club, G.C. Foster College, Sprintec, Swept and Comets.
The list includes double-Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and a number of other highly rated track stars from MVP camp.
The 4x800m, 4x400m and 4x100m Class One for high-school girls and boys will attract big prize money, noted Harvey.
"This is really about the battle of the relays, which will attract prize money for the top-four finishers. First to fourth will collect $30,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000," said Harvey.
Cornwall College Class One long jumper Odane Lewis; and Lamara Distin of Rusea's High School, Class Three high jumper, were named as the 2015 Gleaner Youth Link Awardees. This is the first time that two awardees were field-event athletes.
The patron for this year's event is Paul Francis, coach to world-class athletes at MVP and University of Technology, Jamaica.
Sean Wallace, marketing manager, Nestlé Jamaica, parent company of Milo, announced his company's 21st consecutive year of sponsorship.
"I look forward to the many athletes from primary, secondary, tertiary schools, clubs and institutions, and of course, our world-class athletes who will burn the track while they entertain the spectators at this exciting relay carnival," Wallace said.