OVER the years, the Stephen and Paul Francis-coached MVP Track Club and the University of Technology (UTech) have dominated action at the Milo Western Relays.However, at last Saturdays staging of the event, both teams had to play second fiddle to the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which both accounted for the majority of wins in individual and relay events.”I was very pleased with the performances of both the college and club teams, and I think we are on target, especially among the college athletes, to do very well for the remainder of the season, although it is still early days. But we do have a very vibrant team that has been very supportive in the form of Dr Joyce Royal, Paul Beckford, Marvin Gayle, Alf Remekie, and other members who have been helping so far,” said Wilson, who is also a senior lecturer at G.C. Foster College and technical leader of Jamaica’s track and field team.In individual events, there were wins for G.C. Foster College’s Ronda Whyte, AndrÈ Clarke, Nascieve Powell, and Sprintec’s Oshane Bailey.RECORD BOOKSWhyte and Clarke, who were members of Jamaica’s team to the World University Games last summer in Gwangju, Korea, wrote their names in the record books.Whyte won the women’s 400 metres hurdles in 58.24 seconds to erase former Edwin Allen High athlete Sherone Pinnock’s 2006 record of 59.30.Clarke, who fractured his right shoulder in practice a few days before the start of his event in Korea and could not participate, won the men’s 400m hurdles in 51.25, erasing the 2014 record of former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) standout Okeem Williams of 52.34.Bailey captured the men’s 100m in 10.32 seconds, finishing ahead of the G.C. Foster College duo of Colin King (10.33) and Chadic Thorpe (10.48). The other individual success for G.C. Foster College came in the men’s 400m Open as Powell won in 48.22 seconds.Sprintec won the women’s Open 4x400m relay, while G.C. Foster captured the men’s equivalent along with the men’s 4x200m and sprint medley.G.C. Foster College’s 4x400m quartet of Alvin Green, Demish Gayle, Marzell Miller, and Demar Murray won in a record of 3:07.17 to break MVP’s 2008 record of 3:08.01, with Sprintec second in a close 3:07.35 and UTech third in 3:09.71.It was a welcome return to the Milo Western Relays for Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, whose last appearance was with the MVP Track Club. Now representing Sprintec, she teamed up with Verone Chambers, Anastasia LeRoy, and Ristananna Tracey to win the women’s 4x400m in 3:32.47. UTech, with Janieve Russell and Shericka Jackson, were second in 3:33.18, with MVP, led by Stephenie McPherson, third in 3:36.22.G.C. Foster’s other successes came in the women’s sprint medley, which they won in 3:32.31 and the 4x200m Open in 1:23.42.MVP captured both 4x100m relays. In the women’s event, with World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and World 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson, MVP clocked a record 43.31 to beat G.C. Foster College, 43.94.In a very close men’s event, MVP, with Julian Forte and Andrew Fisher, clocked 38.89 and just got the better of Sprintec, which clocked 38.90 seconds.
KINGSTON:Olympian and track superstar Veronica Campbell-Brown is lending her star power as an ambassador for the fourth staging of the annual Kingston City Run.The annual event has seen participation from thousands of locals, including out-of-towners from all over the island and international racers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Trinidad, Cayman, Barbados, Canada, and the United States – from states such as New York and Florida.”We are truly overwhelmed by the all-round, positive support we have received from our participants, volunteers and sponsors,” said Christopher Jarrett, co-chair, Kingston City Run Organising Committee.”We are especially honoured for the support being given by Veronica to not only promote the event, but raise the awareness of the plight on many of our most vulnerable citizens,” he explains.The Kingston City Run focuses on supporting charitable organisations that focus on eliminating the plight of homelessness through skills training, development, offering temporary housing, meals, and general care.AT-RISKYOUTHOur charities also work with youth at risk of taking the wrong path that could one day lead to homelessness.”When asked to lend my support to this cause, I did not hesitate,” stated Veronica Campbell-Brown. “No matter how strong we are, how much we have accomplished, we must always remember to help the least of us in times of need.””I fully support the work of the Kingston City Run organisation team for taking the bold steps for such a worthy cause. Last, but by no means least, having ventured into the run/walk arena myself, I fully believe in the [Kingston City Run’s] cause of promoting health and well-being,” she added.In addition to positioning Kingston as an attractive tourist destination, KCR organisers are looking to continue to make a big impact at home.As it has in the past, the event has once again partnered with a number of local charities in a bid to help the country’s homeless population. As a result of its various fundraising initiatives, Kingston City Run will be making contributions to the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Open Arms Drop In Centre, Food For The Poor, Missionaries of the Poor, and the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys’ Home).