Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson as well as former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, head a strong cast of Jamaica’s elite athletes listed to compete at the 41st MILO Western Relays at GC Foster College in St. Catherine, Jamaica on Saturday.
Meet Director Ray Harvey has revealed that the elite athletes and a lot more are set to open their 2019 campaigns at the meet that was relocated to St. Catherine because the track at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St. James is in a state of disrepair.
Other elite athletes down to compete include Nesta Carter, Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell, Sasha-lee Forbes, Natasha Morrison, Julian Forte, Jevaughan Minzie, Andrew Fisher, Oshane Bailey, Chadic Hines, Stephanie-Ann McPherson, Christine Day, Anastacia Le-Roy and Sonikqua Walker.
Overall more than 2000 athletes from some of the top schools across the island are set to do battle on the track at the meet that is set to start at 10:00 am (11:00 am ECT).
These include Kingston College, Jamaica College, St. Jago, Edwin Allen, Petersfield, STETHS, Green Island, Holmwood Technical and Herbert Morrison.
The first event on the track will be 1500m for women followed by the 3000m for men. The hurdles for all classes will follow. The action then moves to the 800m, 100m and the 400m Open for men and women.
The relays will commence at 1:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm.
The two field events – Long Jump and High Jump – on the schedule will take place between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
There will be a short opening ceremony at 3:00 pm during which two Gleaner Youth Link Awardees and the meet patron will be honoured. This year’s awardees are Antonio Watson and Shaquena Foote of Petersfield High.
Their coach Machel Woolery is the meet patron.
Source: Leighton Levy