Kirkvine meet takes centre stage as track and field season continues
The JAAA/Puma Development Meet, at the Kirkvine Complex in Manchester, will take centre stage on Saturday as the 2019 local track and field season enters its second week with three meets.
The other meets on are the Charlie Fuller Field Events at Manchester High School and the Douglas Forrest Invitational at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
Last week at the season-opening meet at Jamaica College (JC), Edwin Allen High's sprinter Tia Clayton got her campaign off to a flying start to set the stage for an interesting season leading up to the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.
Clayton clocked an impressive 11.63 seconds in her heat to easily win the overall Girls’ Class 3 100m.
Clayton, a first-year Class 3 sprinter last season, is the reigning champion at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. She won the gold medal in 11.56 seconds, beating teammate Serena Cole (11.70) and St Jago’s Brianna Lyston (11.71).
The Kirkvine meet will be very interesting as it could give an early indication as to whether Edwin Allen High can win a sixth straight girls’ championship and their seventh overall.
Edwin Allen High did not take a full strength team to JC last week but the Michael Dyke-coached team will travel to Kirkvine with a very strong squad.
Edwin Allen High took the girls' championships at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships last season with 324 points, 35 ahead of second-place Hydel High (289), while Holmwood Technical ended third on 285.
The big three will be at Kirkvine and an interesting day looms among them.
The Kirkvine meet opens at 9:00 am with the Girls’ Open 3000m, followed by the Boys’ Open 5000m at 9:45 am.
The 200m, 400m and 800m are also on the programme.
The other two meets are also scheduled to begin at 9:00 am.