Blake among big names for UWI track meet
THE 12th UWI Invitational Track & Field Meet runs off this Saturday at the UWI Usain Bolt Track at Mona in Kingston starting at 10:00 am.
According to Grace Jackson, chairman of the organising committee and the meet director, "The meet will have several top-class athletes competing on the track this year. It will be high-class competition on the track, starting with field events at 10:00 in the morning, while the track events are scheduled for a 1:00 pm start."
Based on the entry list, the bulk of the athletes are drawn from the local clubs and institutions, including Racers, MVP, Akan, Cameron Blazers, UWI, and UTech, among others. Athletes from the UWI St Augustine campus will also be on the track as the only overseas-based team.
Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis, who has been training and living in Jamaica for some time now, will be competing at the meet for the first time.
Racers athletes include Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Jason Young, Delano Williams, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Ricardo Chambers, Allodin Fothergill, Ristananna Tracey, Bobby Gaye Wilkins and Schillonie Calvert.
MVP will have several athletes such as Andrew Hinds, Winston Barnes, Ricardo Cunningham, Akino Ming, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald, Tyquendo Tracey, Carrie Russell, and Christine Day.
Akan will also be on the track with Jason Livermore, Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, and Ramone McKenzie.
Cameron Blazers will be coming with Javere Bell and Oral Thompson, among others.
Hansle Parchment and Keiron Stewart will represent UWI.
Several prep schools will be competing in 4x50m and 4x100m ahead of Prep Champs later in the year.
The field events that will be competed are discus, shot put, javelin, pole vault, long jump, high jump, and triple jump.
The track events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, 100mh, 110mh, 400mh, 4x100m, 4x400m and sprint medley.
The honorees this year are Yohan Blake and Warren Blake.