All systems go for first meet on new track at JC

Athletes will grace the new Olympic-sized 8-lane track at Jamaica College for the first time on Saturday at the 26th staging of the Pure Water R. Danny Williams track and field meet. It's been a fixture on the local track and field calendar for 25 years but for the first time, the Pure Water J.C. R. Danny Williams track and field development meet will be held on an Olympic sized 8-lane synthetic surface, which was recently installed at the school's grounds.

The Ashenheim Sports Complex will also have seating for spectators and lighting to facilitate the meet going into the evening hours. But despite staging the event for years, the use of a new facility has seen the organizing committee taking a different approach in their preparation this year. The track events will feature the 100 metres, 800m, 3000m (females), 5000m (men) and sprint hurdles.

The new event added to the schedule is the 400m hurdles. Meanwhile, in the field events category, athletes can participate in long jump, discus throw, high jump, shot put and pole vault. The new facility has brought new interest in the annual meet which is scheduled to run off at 8:30 am.

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