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Strong western presence on Jamaica's track and field teams

Observer West writer

Thursday, July 06, 2017



There will be a strong western Jamaican presence on three junior track and field teams that will represent Jamaica later this month, starting next week with the 10th and final IAAF World Under-18 championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Seven of the 24 members of the team to Kenya for the July 12-16 championships hail from western Jamaican schools, while another four will be part of the 30-member delegation that will participate in the Pan-American Under-20 championships in Trujillo, Peru, July 21-23.

The team lists were released by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Tuesday, while the list for a third event, the Commonwealth Youth track and field championships which will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, is to be named soon.

The Jamaica Observer West understands, however, that Michael McIntosh, the head coach of Green Island High, has been named head coach of the team to the Commonwealth Youth Games and the team should include several other athletes from the region.

The teams were selected from the recent two-day JAAA National Junior Championships held at the National Stadium.

The delegation to Kenya leaves the island tomorrow morning for a 26-hour commute to the East African nation with stops in Florida and Dubai. Three athletes from Petersfield High will be making the journey.

Thrower Daniel Cope, as well as quarter-milers Antonio Watson and Shaquena Foote, will be joined by Cornwall College's triple jumper Owayne Owens, middle-distance runner Tyrese Reid of Spot Valley High, and hurdlers Brighton Senior of Rusea's High and Rovane Williams of Rhodes Hall High.

Petersfield's Head Coach Machel Woolery has also been named on the coaching staff.

Kevin Nedrick, who is the fourth-ranked Under-20 male shot putter in the world, will hope to break the national junior record for a third time, as he seeks to be the first Jamaican to go over the 21.00-metre mark.

At the recent JAAA National Junior Championships, he broke his own record, throwing 20.94m.

The STETHS trio of Stacey-Ann Williams, Jauavney James and Shemar Salmon, as well as Rusea's High's Akeem Colley, will also make the trip to South America.