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Top schools to clash at Jamalco

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Anthony Foster, Gleaner Writer

The 17th staging of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA)/Puma Development meet takes place at Jamalco in Clarendon today, starting at 9 a.m.

The meet, which chief organiser Neville Myton boasts has always been on time, will involve all the top schools from urban and rural Jamaica.

Myton, a former Jamaica middle-distance king, said: "I expect some fast times."

He added: "(It's) a very high quality meet, one of the best in the island, as we always run on time and finish between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m."

Holmwood Technical, who have won Girls' Champs for the past seven years, head the female schools, which also include Vere Technical, Edwin Allen, Manchester High, St Jago and Herbert Morrison.

On the boys' side, reigning champions Kingston College (KC), along with Calabar, Jamaica College (JC), Wolmer's, St Jago, Holmwood and William Knibb, are the top teams.

With less than two months before Champs, the athletes will continue to sharpen themselves while competing in 200m, 400m, 1500m and 4x400m relays.

The 4x400m and 4x800m, which form part of the Milo Grand Prix Series, are also on the cards.

There will also be a 100m event for clubs and institutions.

Former Jamaica king of sprinting, Dennis Johnson, OD, will be recognised for his outstanding service to the sport.

Meanwhile, there is another track and field meet taking place today, the Youngster Golding Smith Hurdles and Field Events Classic, which will take place at the National Stadium.

The meet will open with the 300m hurdles for under-17 girls at 8:30 a.m. Other events on the day's card are the 400m hurdles, 70mH, 80mH, 100mH, 110mH, in that order, which will be followed in the afternoon by finals.

field events

In the field, discus, shot put, javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault are the events to be contested.

Other events slated for the meet are the 400m, 100m, medley relay (200m, 200m, 400m, 800m), Swedish relay (100m, 200m, 300m, 400m) and 1500m.

For the 100m, 400m and 1500m events, the organisers noted in a release: "Based on the large number of entries we will have to allowonly twoathletes per class, per teamfor the 400m and the 1500m.

"We are almost certain to allow three (3)athletes per class, per teamfor the 100m butwill allow only two athletes if the meet falls too far behind schedule ... which we don't anticipate. We took intoconsideration the fact that the 400m and 1500m have been offered at several meets prior to ours."