Central Hurdles & Relays join forces with G C Foster College

Friday, January 18, 2019

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The organisers of Central Hurdles & Relays have joined forces with G C Foster College for the 10th staging of the meet which will be held on Saturday at the campus on its brick red track.

It will now be known as Central Hurdles & Relays/G C Foster Field Events meet.

For the first time the meet will host all the field events for all classes. The discus, shot put and the javelin will make their debuts. In former years the meet featured long jump, high jump and triple jump for selected classes. The decision to include all the field events is a direct response to the fact that Jamaica has been doing very well on the world stage in various field events.

The meet will continue to have all the relays including 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m as well as all of the hurdle races including 60m for clubs and institutions, the 70m for Class Four all the way to the 400m open. Additionally, there will be selected races for clubs and institutions based on their requests over the years. These include the 60m and the 200m. A fairly new addition to the schedule — the 2,000m steeplechase — will remain.

The meet will start at 8:30 am with the 4 x 800m and end with the 4 x 400m, while the field events will run concurrently with the track events throughout the day.

According to meet organiser Jerry Holness, the decision to take on all the field events is already bearing fruit as from all indication so far, there will be representation from the Julian Robinson-led camp which boasts a number of Jamaica's best senior field event athletes.

Maurice Wilson of Sprintec and G C Foster College says that the meet will be the first outing for several senior athletes from a number of Jamaica's leading clubs and institutions, including Sprintec, G C Foster College, UTech, MVP and The UWI. Among the Sprintec athletes who will grace the track are Gayon Evans, 2017 World Indoor Tour 60m champion, as well as Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in the 100m, and Oshane Bailey, the former national 100m champion.

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