Olympian Davis Isaac-Henry Track and Field Meet honoree

Friday, February 05, 2016

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Olympian Michael Davis will be this year’s honoree at the second staging of the Stafford Wycliffe (SW) Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational Meet scheduled for February 20 at the National Stadium.


The meet, named in honour of former principal of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), the late Isaac-Henry, was launched at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday.


The Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)-approved event will act as a qualifier for the March 15-19 ISSA Boys’ & Girls’ Athletics Championships.


Davis born July 21, 1959, is one of the finest sons of STATHS and his life was destined to be transformed since he set foot through the institution’s gates at Bumper Hall in 1975.


Outside of the classroom, his love for track and field was nurtured and his natural talent as a sprinter blossomed, where he would later represent STATHS at the annual Boys’ Athletics Championship. In 1980, his love and determination for sprinting landed him in the national colours when he made the Jamaican team to the Moscow Olympics.


There he rubbed shoulders with another STATHS Olympian Peter Aldridge, as well as the legendary Merlene Ottey, Rosie Allwood, Lelith Hodges, Bert Cameron, Cyclist David Weller and Donald Quarrie.


The Petrojam Limited-sponsored event will commence at 8:15 am and admission is $300.


Entry fee for co-ed teams is $11,000, boys’ teams is $7,000 as well as for the girls’ teams and unattached individuals $500. Registration closes on February 17.


A cash prize will be on offer for the top three finishers of the 4x800-metre relays for both male and female. The first-place team will pocket $50,000, second place $30,000 and third place $20,000.


Other events on the track include the 1,500m Open; 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.


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