Two-day NACAC meet begins today
The NACAC Combined Events Championships answers the gun today at the new Usain Bolt Track at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The two-day event, which ends tomorrow, will see athletes from host Jamaica, Canada, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Martinique, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Cuba participating.
Jamaica's World Championship decathlon silver medallist Maurice Smith and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Claston Bernard, along with Janieve Russell, Gleneive Grange and Salcia Slack in the heptathlon, will carry the nation's flag.
Among the top decathletes in the world participating in this weekend's event are America's Chris Randolph, the highest-ranked athlete in the field on the IAAF list with 7,664 points and Canadian Damian Warner who comes in with 7,632 points accumulated earlier this year.
Also participating in the heptathlon are American Sharon Day, who won the women's event in 2009 in Havana, Cuba, and she will face Cuban Gretchen Quintana who comes into the event ranked third in the world so far this year with a score of 6,017 points. Day is placed in second position with 5,828, while the other Cuban in the event Yilain Durruty, comes in with 5,691 points.
US-based Nigerian Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa has received a special invitation from NACAC president Neville 'Teddy' McCook to participate in the regional event. Action starts each day at 9:00 am.