Stars on show

Stars on show

MVP hot-shots to debut at Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet

Dania Bogle

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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JAMAICA's leading MVP Track and Field Club athletes will make their customary seasonal debut at the Queen's/Grace Jackson meet to be held at the National Stadium today, starting at 8:30 am.

Reigning Olympic Games 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will headline the meet and will be joined by sprint relay gold medallist Sherone Simpson and 2009 World Championships 100m hurdles winner Brigitte Foster-Hylton in the women's 400m.

The men's 400m will feature Racers Track Club's World Championship relay medallist Allodin Fothergill.

Olympic champion and World Championships 400m hurdles silver medallist, Melaine Walker; World Champs finalist Kaliese Spencer, and 400m Olympics silver medallist Shericka Williams will begin their season in the women's 200m.

Stephanie McPherson will be making her debut in the women's 800m.

Olympic men's sprint relay gold medallist Michael Frater will line up in the men's 200m.

"We still expect a good event. Several athletes will be using it (the meet) as qualifier for the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in March," Organising committee head, Olive McNaughton told the Observer.

Meanwhile, several new events have been included on the schedule.

According to McNaughton, the javelin and pole vault have been added to allow those who would have been unable to throw at the Stadium East in the past a chance to practise their skills. Also included are the discus and sprint medley relay.

On the track, the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m will be contested.

Meet organisers will be honouring the best performance by a male and female athlete as well as the most outstanding athlete from the Queen's School this year.

Several student athletes from the Queen's School will also receive scholarships worth $5,000 each, which is down from $10,000 due to increased cost associated with staging this year's event, which includes rental of the National Stadium.

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