Stars expected at two-day Intercol Championships
Having been a launching pad for 200m world championships silver medallist Elaine Thompson and sub-10 sprinter Julian Forte, this year's NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships will be expected to turn out another fine cadre of athletes.
The two-day championship, slated for tomorrow and Saturday inside the National Stadium, is expected to be the biggest and most exciting.
National Commercial Bank (NCB) announced another whopping $3 million plus other operational costs sponsorship at their NCB Wellness and Recreation Centre on Phoenix Avenue yesterday.
The bank will also be donating $100,000 each in bursaries to the top male and female performers.
Meet director, MVP president Bruce James, described it as a "good transition for athletes from the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships."
Noted track and field coach, Paul Francis, chairman of the organising committee, said 36 exciting finals will be contested over two days along with an entertaining cheerleading competition
Former Calabar standout Michael O'Hara and world youth 100m hurdles record holder Jaheel Hyde are expected to perform this weekend.
Also expected to grace the track are Janeive Russell, Megan Simmonds, Chrisdale McCarthy, Shericka Jackson, Shanice Bonner, Elaine Thompson, Kimarrley Brown, Julian Forte, and national senior javelin record holder Orin Powell from G.C. Foster.
They will be looking to lower a total of 16 records set last year.
Champions UTech male and female teams will face stiff competition from G.C. Foster and UWI.
The cost to enter is $200 for students with ID on tomorrow's first day, and $500 without.
On Saturday, it will be $400 with ID and $1,000 without.