Burnett to headline President’s / Jefford Track & Field Classic today
Today, the Mining Community of Linden is expected to be a hive of activity with the staging of what is reasonably labelled as one the leading track & field events to have emerged in three years.
The Third Edition of the President’s / Jefford Track & Filed Classic will be held today, at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, starting from 10:00 hrs.
According to a member of the Organising Committee, athletes from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada have arrived to compete against the locals and the competition is anticipated to be fiercely contested, especially in the women International 1500 meters which will see Guyana’s Marian Burnett coming up against Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero and Grenada’s Kenisha Pascal. The race will be even more contested with the addition of locally based Alika Morgan, Jevina Straker, Janella Jonas, Ashantie Scott and Adama Roberts in the line up.
The Men’s 800m is also expected to be a hotly contested event on the agenda with the likes of Distance star, Cleveland Forde who is slated to compete along with Cleveland Thomas, Kevin Bayley who is undefeated in the event for this season, Trevor Scotland, Tyshon Bentick, Linden’s Nathaniel Giddings, Samuel Kaitan, Grenada’s Kimon Henry and T&T’s Mark London scheduled to face the starter’s order around the 300m perimeter track. These athletes will no doubt be looking to erase the last year’s existing record of 1:55.90 seconds which was set by Police Progressive Youth Club athlete, Dennis Horatio, who will not be present at the Classic to defend his title.
The Men’s 200m is also anticipated to be one of the marquee events of the day with upset minded Elton Bollers of the University of Guyana set to throw down the gauntlet against established athletes, such as, Chavez Ageday, Stephan James, Patrick King, Akeem Stuart, Jermaine Newton, Tevin Garraway and Linden’s Bevon Noble.
The Men’s 100m will be no different with the likes of most of the athletes from the 200m with the addition of Winston Caesar and Marlon Moshette, forming the core of those heading to the starting line.
The Women’s 100m and 200m is likely to be a thriller as well with the line up of Guyana’s sprint queen, Alicia Fortune, Nesia Allen, Alita Moore, Leota Bobb, Tiffany Carto, Tiffany Smith and Classic’s record holder Letitia Myles confirmed to participate.
No to be outdone, the field events are also set to produce some fierce rivalry among Natasha Alder, Stacey Wilson, Latoya Rodney, Phillycia Burke, Lawanda Whaul, Natrena Hooper, Juanita Hooper, Alita Moore, Tracy Moses and Marica Isaacs in the female Javelin, Shot Putt, Discus, Long and Triple Jump categories.
The men will see Leon Bishop, Winston Caesar, Parrish Cadogan, Marlon Moshette, Bevon Noble, Quacy Payne, Troy Williams and Ryan Scott all expected to produce good showings in both Long and Triple Jumps.
Leslain Baird, Michael Pollydore, Ronald Payne, Clarence Greene, Troy Lewis and Michael Bowman expected to be the main contenders for the throws.
Meanwhile, fans can also participate in the Usain Bolt pose off competition where the winner get a prize compliments of Guyana’s Bigger, Better Network, Digicel, while there will also be a model aircraft show with gifts being dropped from the sky. There will also be a mini-kids zone with trampoline etc.