Ben Francis meet gets underway today
The seventh staging of the Ben Francis Invitational and the third edition of the SW Isaac-Henry track and field meets are on today at the Vere Technical High School and the National Stadium, respectively.
Approximately $200,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs at the Ben Francis Invitational in Hayes, Clarendon where there will be four championship events in which the winners will pocket $40,000 each.
The races are the female Class One 100m; the 400m for Class One males; the girls Class One 4x100m and 4x400m relays. In addition, the top coach will receive $30,000. Action is to start at 8:00 am and scheduled to finish at 5:30 pm.
Vere past student and Olympian Ethlyn Tate, who represented Jamaica at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, will be this year’s honoree.
Meanwhile, the girls 1,500m open will kick-start proceedings at the SW Isaac-Henry track and field inside the National Stadium at 8:15 am and concludes with the 4x400m relay open at 5:45 pm.
The meet, named in honour of former principal of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), the late Isaac-Henry will include the 400m and 400m hurdles; 3,000m Women Open; 5,000m Men Open; 70m hurdles; 80m hurdles; 100m hurdles; 110m hurdles; 800m and 200m,
The field events to be contested are the long jump, shot put, high jump, pole vault and javelin.
This year’s honourees are Everad Samuels, Alrick Wright, Raymond Vassell and Stafford Gaynor.