Three development meets on today

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Another weekend, another slew of development meets to choose from, as athletes continue their preparation at the Douglas Forrest Invitational, the JAAA/Puma Development and Manchester Charlie Fuller field event meets.

The Kirkvine Sports Club in Manchester will host the 36th staging of the JAAA/PUMA/Fuller/Anderson meet, which will more than likely attract the top rural schools.

Chairman of the organising committee, Maurice Wilson said over 60 schools have been registered.

“It will be exciting,” Wilson told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

He continued: “This is going to be 36 years and we are going to award a scholarship of $150,000 for two years at G C Foster College to a student that meets the criteria set out by the organising committee, in memory of Pat Anderson and Charlie Fuller.”

That lucky athlete will have to be of a certain academic standard, a certain level of athletic ability, and would have distinguished him/herself at a particular level, and will also have to be somebody who wants to be in the field of coaching.

The events to be contested are 200m for all classes; 400m and 800m for classes one to three; girls' 3000m open; and boys' 5000m. Action begins at 9:00 am with the 3000m open and closes at 3:00 pm with the 400m.

Meanwhile, the 14th staging of the Douglas Forrest Invitational will be held at G C Foster College, and organiser Brian Smith said things are in place for a tremendous meet once again.

“We should have a very good meet, as usual. Registration has been going good so far, close to 2,400 athletes, which is a good sign seeing that we have three meets tomorrow (Saturday),” said Smith.

“That to me is manageable because I don't want it [to] go into the night. The only top school that is not registered is Jamaica College, and I heard that they are resting this week,” he noted.

The meet runs off at 8:30 am and the events to be contested are 400m hurdles, 5,000m, 3000m, 800m, 1500m, medley and 4x400m relays, high and long jumps, shot put and discus.

The Charlie Fuller field event meet will be held at the Manchester High school.

Events to be contested by male and female are discus, shot put, high jump, long jump, triple jump and javelin.

Last year Fedrick Dacres threw a met record of 65.16m in the discus and went on to dominate the event both locally and internationally.

— Howard Walker

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