Douglas Forrest highlights today’s meets
With the traction of the track and field season building, a number of the Corporate Area’s top schools are expected to be on show, as the 13th staging of the Douglas Forrest Invitational development meet takes centre stage at the GC Foster College today, starting at 8:30 am.
The Douglas Forrest is one of three events on the calendar for today, as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Puma Development Meet and the Manchester High/Charlie Fuller Field Events meet will also be in full swing in central Jamaica.
The Douglas Forrest meet started in 2005 in honour of the second principal of Kingston College (KC). Forrest joined the KC teaching staff before his 18th birthday in 1926, one year after the school was formed, became principal in 1935. He was a beloved French teacher and a lover of music until he retired in 1971.
Brian Smith, chairman of the Douglas Forrest Invitational meet, has high expectations for this year’s staging.
Top athletes from KC, Calabar, Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys’ and St Jago are expected to be in a fierce battle on the boys’ side, while the girls’ side will be made interesting by the likes of Vere Technical, St Andrew High and Immaculate Conception, among others.
"So we are going to have good representatives from both sides, and I am expecting all the top athletes from all those schools, plus others, to be there competing.
"We want to have a very good meet, as per usual we want to have a meet where the athletes can leave feeling confident that they have given of their best and they were pleased with the operations of the day — that is my expectation. We want athletes to be really comfortable and to really come out and perform to the best of their ability," Smith told the
The events to be contested are the 400m hurdles; 5,000m male; 3,000m female; 200m; 800m; 1,500m; 4x400m relays; long jump; high jump; shot put; triple jump and discus.
The JAAA/ Puma Development Meet is slated to begin at 9:00 am at the Kirkvine Sports Complex.
The event is expected to lure a number of the top rural area schools in Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and St Elizabeth Technical High School among others.
They will go head to head in 100m, 200m, 400m, 1,500m, 3,000m, 4X800m relay, long jump and shot put. There will also be a special 4X100m relay event for primary schools.
The Manchester High School/ Charlie Fuller Field Events will be staged in Mandeville.
Athletes will be using all three meets as preparation for the soon-to-be-launched Digicel Grand Prix series, as well as qualifying for the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships.