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Asafa and Brigitte start season at Queens meet

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Anthony Foster, Gleaner Writer

A host of Jamaica's top athletes, led by former world 100m record holder, Asafa Powell and World champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton, will open their 2010 campaign at today's Queen's/Grace Jackson track meet.

The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Stadium East, with action slated to shift inside the National Stadium at 4 p.m.

Powell, who held the 100m world record over three years - 2005 to 2007, first running 9.77 (three times) and 9.74 before Usain Bolt broke it, will be running the 400m event.

Foster-Hylton will also run the one-lap event while their MVP Club teammate, Nesta Carter, who is preparing for the indoor season, will run a special 100m race.

Walker, Williams out

World and Olympic 400m hurdles champion, Melaine Walker, Shericka Williams, the 400m silver medalist from both Olympic and World Champs, and Sherone Simpson, the top female sprinter in the world in 2006, will not take part as was previously announced earlier this week.

The meet runs off at 10 a.m. with the 1500m for boys Class Three at Stadium East complex.

However, Powell, Foster-Hylton and Carter will not take the track until the meet moves inside the National Stadium at 4 p.m., which is set for the start of the Class Two girls 400m.

The men's 400m Open is set for 5:40 p.m., while the women's event will be run 30 minutes later.

The Invitational 100m in which Carter will line-up, gets going at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, an overseas team from the Cayman Islands has been confirmed for the meet, while a Pennsylvania State University contingent, which is now training at the University of Technology, will also compete.

Local schools down for the meet include St Jago High, Fogah Road High, Jamaica College, St Catherine High, Ocho Rios High, Wolmer's, Kingston College and Calabar High.

The meet is set to end at 8:40 p.m. with the running of the 4x400m Open.

Meanwhile, St Elizabeth Technical High Schoopl (STETHS) will be hosting an Invitational meet at their grounds in Santa Cruz.

"We are starting at 9 a.m. sharp so we expect everybody to be there on time," said Keith Wellington, principal and head of the organising committee.

Over 70 teams, headed by defending Girls' Champs winners Holmwood Technical, Edwin Allen, Vere, Manchester, Herbert Morrison, William Knibb and the hosts, will be on show.

Top boys teams

The top boys teams down for contention include Kingston College, the reigning Boys' Champs title holders, Munro College, Vere, Holmwood, Jamaica College, Wolmer's, Calabar and STETHS will spread their athletes between STETHS and the National Stadium.

Events to be contested are the 200m, 400m, 1500m, 400m hurdles, 4x400, 4x800, and all the jumps and throws.