The Invitational men and women’s 60m-hurdles events will contested for the first time at this year’s 17th staging of the Queen’s/Grace Jackson track and field meet which will be held on January 27 at the National Stadium.
Meet organiser, Olive McNaughton, said there will be the return of the boys’ Class One 800m event at this year’s championships.
“Having the men and women’s 60m events help to facilitate persons who are looking to qualify for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham this year,” said McNaughton, during yesterday’s press launch, which was held at The Queen’s School in St Andrew.
“We have also put on the throws like shot put and discus to ensure that our senior athletes get an opportunity to show their skills at this meet, and we are expecting them out in full force.
McNaughton added that like in previous stagings, she is expecting some of the island’s top senior athletes to compete at this year’s event.
NOT CALLING NAMES
“This is the meet that several of our senior athletes open their season, so we are hoping to have them again competing at this meet,” McNaughton said.
“I will not be calling names because we still have not gotten that final list from a lot of major coaches, but they say they will present them next week,” McNaughton said.
“There is a long list of persons wanting to go the Commonwealth Games, and there are no trials, so this is going to be a mini-trial for persons to show and get their times,” she said.
McNaughton stated that there will only be four school entries, and teams will be asked to produce identification for their competitors who will be competing at the meet as part of the ISSA rules.
“Once again, we are expecting to be oversubscribed. We have a two-tier system where smaller schools are asked to pay a little less than the larger schools, so we are expecting over 100 teams this year,” she said.
McNaughton noted that there will also be live streaming and live results at the championships.