Athletics

Young prospects shine at McKenley/Wint Meet

Former Calabar High athlete Javon Francis speeds to victory in the men’s 800m at the McKenley/Wint Meet yesterday. (Bryan Cummings)

Kingston College (KC) and Hydel High had strong displays up to press time yesterday at the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic at Calabar High. KC, led by a splendid run by Ugandan Aryamanya Rodgers in the Class Two 1,500-metre event, had won six events to Calabar High’s three. Crowd-favo ... Read More

Records tumble at Central Hurdles and Relays
With Kim Collins not showing up to defend his title, former Jamaican sprinter Andrew Fisher obliged ... Read More

FORBES... most of the principals are saying this should have happened a long time ago Principals support less workload for athletes at Champs
Despite opposition from numerous coaches, high school principals have unanimously voted to have seve ... Read More

Jamaica’s former World Youth and World Junior discus champion Fedrick Dacres on his way to erasing Jason Morgan’s national record of 68.19 metres with a world-leading 68.67m at the Big Shot Invitational Meet at Excelsior High yesterday. (Garfield Robinson) Photo: Big shot!
Jamaica’s former World Youth and World Junior discus champion Fedrick Dacres on his way to era ... Read More

Whirlwind day as track and field season shifts gears

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Veteran sprinter Kim Collins (right) wins the 60-metre dash at the GC Foster College Central Hurdles and Relays in St Catherine last year.

The eighth staging of the Central Hurdles and Relays meet is expected to be buzzing with excitement, as the track and field season shifts into high gear with six development meets on the schedule today. Other meets on include the McKenley/Wint Invitational at Calabar High School; Big Shot Invitational at Excelsior High School; Howard Jackson Relays at Morant Bay High; the North Central Development meet in Discovery Bay and the Hurdles Fest and Relays at Montego Bay Sports Complex. The Central ... Read More

Photo: Winner!

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Photo: Bryan Cummings

Spot Valley High’s Tyrese Reid wins the boys’ Class 1 800- metre in a time of 1:53.68 minutes at Saturday’s 13th staging of the Douglas Forrest Invitational development meet held at the G C Foster College in Spanish Town, St Catherine. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

JAAA remains key partner, says IAAF exec Gers

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Dr Warren Blakefile

Chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Olivier Gers, says his organisation has no problem with Jamaica, following their refusal to endorse certain reforms in December last year. Local track and field governing body — the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), led by Dr Warren Blake, decided not to vote on amendments to the constitution proposed by IAAF, the world’s ruling body, at a meeting in Monaco. Gers was in ... Read More

A ‘Sharpe’ rise

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Llori Sharpe (left) accepts the VMBS YOUTH Awards from Courtney Campbell, Group president and CEO during the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Gala at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Friday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Llori Sharpe started out as an outstanding swimmer, but later developed a special love for athletics. But as fate would have it, instead of pursuing one sporting discipline, she was led to combine swimming and running with cycling to become the first junior triathlete to represent Jamaica. Having been involved in triathlon since her debut in November 2015, Sharpe has already established herself as one of the faces — if not the face — of the sport locally. The credentials of the 16 ... Read More

Douglas Forrest Invitational Meet Results

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Lamara Distin of Vere Tech soars over the bar to win the Class 2 high jump with a leap of 1.70m (Bryan Cummings)

Event 1 Girls 200 Metre Dash CLASS 1 1 603 Belnavis, Isheena Hydel High S 25.78 2 614 Campbell, Sharikae Hydel High S 25.83 3 1457 Roswell, Demisha 19 Vere Technic 25.85 4 363 Archer, Rich-Ann 17 Convent oF Mercy 26.27 Event 2 Girls 200 Metre Dash CLASS 2 1 653 Rose, Tafarra Hydel High S 25.45 2 638 Lee, Ray-Donna Hydel High S 25.79 3 645 Moore, Ashanti Hydel High S 26.00 4 1461 Walcott, Terresha 17 Vere Technic 26.04 Event 3 Girls 200 Metre Dash CLASS 3 1 642 Matthews, Gabrielle Hyde ... Read More

Photo: No retribution

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

CEO of the IAAF Olivier Gers (second left), meets Vilma Charlton (right), the fourth vice-president of the JAAA, at the Douglas Forrest Invitational meet on Saturday. Looking on are Brian Smith (left), the meet organiser, and Dr Warren Blake, the JAAA president. (Bryan Cummings)

CEO of the IAAF Olivier Gers (second left), meets Vilma Charlton (right), the fourth vice-president of the JAAA, at the Douglas Forrest Invitational meet on Saturday. Looking on are Brian Smith (left), the meet organiser, and Dr Warren Blake, the JAAA president. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

Bolt urges youth to use his success as motivation

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

(From left) RJR Sportman of the Year Usain Bolt, runner-up hurdler Omar McCleod and Sportswoman of the Year Elaine Thompson pose for pictures at the RJR National Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year awards function at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Having copped a record-equaling seventh RJR National Sportsman of the Year award at a glitzy ceremeony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night, Usain Bolt made an impassioned plea to youngsters to use him as motivation for success. Bolt, who will be retiring from the sport after the 2017 season, became an immortal when he won three gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games, capturing the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. “I just want to thank all the fans and everybody that supporte ... Read More

Edwin Allen’s Davis clocks 23.16secs at Puma Development Meet

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen sprints away from the field on her way to victory in the Girls’ Class Three 200m event at the JAAA/PUMA Development Meet at Kirkvine Sports Club yesterday. (Photo: Anthony Foster)

Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen clocked a wind-aided 23.16 seconds on her way to victory in the Girls’ Class Three 200-metre event on a day when a number of bright performances set the tone at the 35th staging of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)/PUMA Development Meet yesterday. Three records were officially taken down at press time in the final events, which provided a few exciting finishes for those in attendance at Kirkvine Sports Club. Davis, who will defend her tit ... Read More

Photo: Golden moment

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson pose with their trophies after being named RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at a glitzy award ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Douglas Forrest highlights today’s meets

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, January 14, 2017    

Brian-Neil Robinson of St Elizabeth Technical clears the bar at 1.90m during the Boys’ Class One high jump at the recent Jamaica College/Purewater/R Danny Williams Track and Field Development meet.

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 ... Read More



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