Athletics

State of emergency forces Milo Western Relays to extend entry deadline

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The organising committee of the Milo Western Relays has extended the entry deadline a further 24 hours and will close at midnight tonight to help schools that might need additional time, it was announced yesterday.

Meet Director Ray Harvey told the Jamaica Observer that given they were forced to make changes to their schedule of events to accommodate a new starting and finishing time this year, they were allowing teams an extra day to send in entries.

“Because of the state of public emergency here in St James we have had to make significant adjustments,” he said. “We are starting two hours earlier than usual at 10:00 am, so we can finish by the mandated 6:00 pm, and as such, we felt that we needed to give the coaches more time to look at the schedule and make changes if they so desire,” Harvey said.

The 40th staging of the event will be held on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and Harvey said they were anticipating “another top-class meet with all our usual teams, from prep and primary to high schools to the clubs and universities”.

Last year Kingston College and Edwin Allen High dominated the high school section, while GC Foster and UTech battled in the clubs/institutions section.

Six records were set last year including Tajay Gayle of UTech winning the men's long jump with 8.00m.

— Paul Reid

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