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Stars galore at 12th UWI Invitational

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, March 22, 2014    

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Daegu World Championships 100m champion Yohan Blake will headline a host of athletes slated to participate at the 12th staging of the UWI Invitational Track and Field meet set for today at the Usain Bolt track.

The meet, which is scheduled to start at 10:00 am, will see Blake and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president, Dr Warren Blake, being honoured for their contribution to track and field.

Grace Jackson, the chairperson of the organising committee and meet director, confirmed that several top-class athletes will be participating.

Field events will get things going at 10:00 am with discus for the Collegiate/Olympic Development male, while track events start at 1:00 pm with the 4x50m relays for Prep School girls.

With the ISSA Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships set to start next Tuesday, the bulk of the athletes will come from local clubs, including Racers, MVP, UWI, UTech, Cameron Blazers and Akan. A team from the UWI St Augustine campus will also participate.

Blake will lead a host of Racers athletes who include Warren Weir, Jason Young, Delano Williams, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Ricardo Chambers, Allodin Fothergill, Ristananna Tracey, Bobby Gaye Wilkins and Schillone Calvert.

MVP will parade several athletes such as Andrew Hinds, Winston Barnes, Ricardo Cunningham, Akino Ming, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald, Taekwando Tracey, Carrie Russell and Christine Day.

The emerging Akan will also be on the track with Jason Livermore, Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee and Ramone McKenzie.

Former World Championships 100m gold medallist Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, who has been training and living in Jamaica, will be competing at the meet for the first time.

Several prep schools will be competing in 4x50m and 4x100m relays, as they fine-tune preparations for 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.

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