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READY FOR MILO RELAYS

40th staging to start at 10:00 am on Saturday (February 10) at the Montego Bay Sports Complex

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, February 08, 2018



Teams from across western Jamaica will gauge their readiness for next week's County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships during this Saturday's (February 10) 40th staging of the Milo Western Relays set for the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James, starting at 10:00 am.

St Elizabeth Technical boys and Rusea's High girls, who won Western Champs last year, will lead the charge of western-based schools that will include Cornwall College, Mt Alvernia High, Munro College, Rhodes Hall High, Petersfield High and Spot Valley High, among others. Athletes from all these schools will be hoping to sharpen up for three days of gruelling competition.

Last year, athletes from schools in the western region of the island accounted for eight victories in the high schools' section, while sweeping all the preparatory and primary schools' relays at the Milo Western Relays.

The western-based schools will, however, face tough battles against some of the leading teams from outside of the region, including reigning national girls'champions Edwin Allen High, Holmwood Technical, Hydel High, and on the boys' side, Kingston College, Jamaica College and Excelsior High.

St Elizabeth Technical were shut out last year, failing to win any event, but could give a good account of themselves in the boys' 4x400m and 4x800m relays, while Petersfield High and Rhodes Hall could feature in the Mile Relay among the boys.

Cornwall College, who played second fiddle to Kingston College in the Class 4 sprint relays last year, are expected to be contenders in both the lower classes this year.

Rusea's High and STETHS will likely lead the western region's charge among the female teams.

Among the winners from the western region last year were- Mt Alvernia High's Kemba Nelson, who won the women's 100m Open, Dwayne Webb of Spot Valley High, who won the Men's 400m Open, Petersfield High Shaquena Foote, who won the women's 400m Open, Rusea's Ackeem Colley, who won the open 800m, and Cornwall College's Kobe-Jordan Rhooms, who won the high jump Open. Green Island High's Roan Hylton won the Class 2 boys' 110m hurdles, while BB Coke's Fabian Barrett won the Class 3 100m hurdles, with Munro College taking the Class 1 boys' 4x200m relays.

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