Sunday 13 October, 2019

2019 track and field season starts today with 3 development meets

Deshawn Morris of KC moves away from the field to win the Boys' Class 1 400m final on on the fifth and final day of the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on March 24. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Deshawn Morris of KC moves away from the field to win the Boys' Class 1 400m final on on the fifth and final day of the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on March 24. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

The 2019 local track and field season officially starts on Saturday with three development meets, two in Kingston and the other in western Jamaica.

Most attention will be in Kingston at the Purewater/R Danny Williams Jamaica College (JC) Invitational at the school, which boosts the newly constructed Ashenheim Stadium with lighting and a new 400m, eight-lane synthetic track.

The other Kingston meet is the Ted Dwyer Track and Field Classic at Excelsior High School, while Rusea’s High will host the western meet – the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) First Chance Invitational.

The JC meet will be very interesting as the school has a new track and field head coach in Neil Harrison, who left Kingston College (KC) after failing to win the Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

During his stint at KC, Harrison led the school to four consecutive second-place finishes at the championships.

Harrison came under pressure in 2017 after KC lost narrowly to bitter rivals Calabar High. KC entered the championships the overwhelming favourites to beat the defending champions but lost by three points, 317 to 314, after Calabar won the final event of the meet, the 4x400 metres.

Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High in action at the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

The JC meet is scheduled to start at 8:30 am with the Boys’ Class 1 400m hurdles. The 400m hurdles will be followed by the Girls/Women Open 3000m at 9:00 am and the Boys/Men Open 5000m at 9:15 am.

The 100m events are scheduled to start at 1:40 pm with the Girls’ Class 4. The programme will also have the sprint hurdles and 800m events.

Interestingly, all field events, except for throwing, will take place at the UWI/Usain Bolt track.

Over at Excelsior, the Ted Dwyer Classic is scheduled to start at 8:30 am and among the events on offer are 100m, 400m. 800m and the 4x400m relays.

The First Chance Meet at the Collin Miller Sports Complex at Rusea's High School in Hanover is also scheduled to begin at 8:30 am.

The events to be contested are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 400m hurdles, discus and shot put.

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