The nation’s high-school athletes will return to the observe at this time, as they start to step up their preparations for the April 27 to March 1, ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Ladies’ Athletics Championships at seven Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation (JAAA) qualification meets throughout the island.
With the COVID-19 pandemic placing a brake on all native observe and discipline competitors since final 12 months March, except the Velocity Fest meets final summer season and the Tyser Mills Classics in December, a lot of the athletes can be competing for the primary time in over 11 months, with meets being held at St Elizabeth Technical Excessive Faculty (STETHS), Kirkvine, G.C. Foster School, Jamaica School, The College of the West Indies (UWI), Calabar and Excelsior Excessive Faculty.
Moreover, a seniors-only meet is being staged at this time contained in the Nationwide Stadium, beginning at 3 p.m.
With solely three extra weekly meets to be held earlier than the varied regional meets on March 15, expectations are excessive among the many native high- college coaches, who can be seeking to gauge their athletes’ competitors type and get as many as potential certified for Champs 2021.
With the strict protocols set out by the Authorities, which embrace no spectators being allowed on the varied meets, issues will look completely different for all concerned.
There can even be a brand new scheduling format in place, as feminine athletes will first compete from 8:30 a.m. to 12 midday, which can be adopted by a sanitisation train of the venue, which can be carried out between 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m., with male athletes then taking the observe from 1:30 p.m. to five p.m.
Nationwide boys champions Kingston School can be sending athletes to the meets at Jamaica School, UWI, Excelsior and G.C. Foster School.
Former St Jago Highschool star sprinter and hurdler, Vashaun Vascianna, who was anticipated to have a giant conflict with Wayne Pinnock final 12 months in his first 12 months in Class One within the 110m hurdles, will make his debut for Kingston School in each the 100m and 110m hurdle occasions at G.C. Foster School.
Vascianna transferred to Kingston School’s sixth type final September, to group up along with his former coach Rhansome Edwards, who guided him to success throughout his time on the Monk Road-based establishment.
In the meantime, ladies champions Edwin Allen can be sending athletes to compete at G.C. Foster School and St Elizabeth Technical the place twin sisters Tia and Tina Clayton can be competing in each the 100 and 200 metres of their second 12 months in Class Two. Each had been anticipated to take over the mantle from the excellent Kevona Davis, who skipped her remaining 12 months of eligibility in Class One to attend school abroad.
• STETHS – 100m, 200m , 400m.800m, Discus , Shot Put, Lengthy and Excessive soar.
• Kirkvine – 400m, 800m, 1500m. 3000m, 5000m, 200m for Class 1V athletes solely .
• G.C. Foster School – 70MH, 80MH, 100m, 100MH, 400MH and 100 metres.
• Jamaica School – 400m, 400MH, 200M , 800m and Excessive Soar
• UWI –Lengthy soar, Excessive soar, Discus throw, Shot Put , 15000M, 3000M,5000M and 2000M Steeplechase
• Calabar Excessive – 100m, 70MH, 80MH, and 110MH
• Excelsior Excessive – Shot put, Javelin throw, Triple soar, Lengthy soar , Discus throw.