Wes­ley Pow­ell, Tyser Mills meets on to­day

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - — Howard Walker

THE 16th stag­ing of the Wes­ley Pow­ell/heart In­sti­tute of the Caribbean track and field meet runs off to­day at Ex­cel­sior High School grounds start­ing at 8:30 am.

The meet will have 40 track and 36 field events for both males and fe­males, who will com­pete in classes one to four and open for high schools, with sev­eral clubs, col­leges, and in­sti­tu­tions also ex­pected to fea­ture.

David Ri­ley, mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, who is also the head coach of Ex­cel­sior High School’s track and field team, is ex­pect­ing a very suc­cess­ful meet.

“The meet is a very im­por­tant part of the cal­en­dar, es­pe­cially for the coaches, who plan their pro­grammes prop­erly, and it is a very good time trial to see where their ath­letes are af­ter an ex­tended prepa­ra­tion phase,” said Ri­ley.

“I think when you put them into com­pe­ti­tion, you get the men­tal side as well and so the ex­pec­ta­tions are that the qual­ity will be there and peo­ple will be com­pet­i­tive in try­ing to get per­sonal bests at these over dis­tance events,” he said.

With the full en­dorse­ment from the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion and In­ter-se­condary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, the meet will pro­vide valu­able pre-sea­son com­pe­ti­tion in the fol­low­ing events: 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m (fe­males), 5000m (males), long jump, high jump, shot put, dis­cus, javelin, and the ex­cit­ing 4x300m re­lays. There will only be one re­lay team per school.

The field events as well as the 3000m and 5000m will serve as qual­i­fiers for the Boys’ and Girls’ Champs 2019.

Mean­while, there will be ac­tion at G C Fos­ter Col­lege cour­tesy of the Tyser Mills De­vel­op­ment Meet.

Last year, Cal­abar High School’s Christo­pher Tay­lor and Peters­field High School’s An­to­nio Wat­son both kicked off their sea­son with wins.

Tay­lor sent early sig­nals to his ri­vals when he stopped the clock at 21.50 sec­onds in the 200m, while Wat­son won the Class Two 400m in 51.32 sec­onds. Both went on to be crowned cham­pi­ons at the Boys’ and Girls’ Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

A num­ber of top schools from all over the is­land are ex­pected to be in ac­tion once again.

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