Top hurdlers face off at Youngster Goldsmith meet

Omar McLeod will hope for a better run. – File


A clearer picture of the top athletes for next month’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Champion-ships will unfold today, following the results of the Youngster Goldsmith Track and Field meet, to be held at G.C.Foster College, starting at 8 a.m.

The meet, which attracts the top high-school athletes, especially in the hurdle events, will see many athletes seeking to score psychological advantages before Champs.

All the hurdles events will be on today’s programme, with the men’s open 400m hurdles getting the meet under way at 8 a.m. Following his mishap in the opening race for Kingston College, two weeks ago at the Central Hurdle and Relay meet, where he ran into the final hurdle after a commanding lead, former Manchester High School athlete Omar McLeod will be hoping for better things tomorrow.

Top athlete at that meet, Javon Francis of Calabar, who has been busy all season, along with Kingston, College’s Divonte Dennis, Wolmer’s Boys’ Yanick Hart and St Elizabeth Technical’s Okeem Williams should all have a battle royal.

Modest performances

In the event for high school girls there has been no clear-cut favourite for Champs as yet, with modest performances at the various meets so far. Kimone Green of St Elizabeth Technical, who won on home turf a week ago, along with Vere Technical’s Andrenetti Knight, Sashel Brown of Alpha and Shantea Green of Holmwood Technical are expected to fight out the finish for the top spots.

In the Class I 100 metres hurdles for girls’, World junior representative Chrisdale McCarthy will lead a St Jago trio consisting of Shanell Francis and Tatian Wolfe. In Class II, Camperdown High’s Petagaye Williams, who was very impressive at the same venue two weeks ago, will get her sternest test of the season with Holmwood Technical’s Yanique Thompson set to face the start. In the Class III 80 metres hurdles, St Andrew High’s Rushelle Burton will start favourite.

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