Saturday, February 23, 2013

UWI Eyes Gibson Relays Sprint Medley Record

After posting good victories in the Sprint Medley and the Women’s High Jump at the Western Relays two weeks ago, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Track and Field Team turn their attention to The Gibson Relays today at the National Stadium.

The quartet of Leon Wray, Nicholas Maitland, Jowayne Hibbert and Team Leader, Olympic Bronze medalist Hansle Parchment (110m hurdles) will be gunning to win if not break their own 1600 Sprint Medley record of 3:18.99 set last year. “We are interested in getting exposure for as many of our athletes as possible,” said UWI Coach, James Taylor. “If the record falls in the process, we won’t complain.”

Taylor indicated that UWI will be represented in the Mile Relays, Long Jump and High 
Jump for men and women; the 4x400m and 4x100m Relays, Pole Vault and the 100m
Dash for men. The trio of Demarley Johnson, Sanjay Powell and Spencer Delauex will
launch a challenge in the Open Mile. “We have no injury concerns at this time and we expect to perform and do the University proud,” concluded Taylor.

National Junior Record High Jump holder Kimberly Williamson, formerly of Edwin Allen, will surge in the Open High Jump Women’s, trying improve on last years performance. In 2012 she placed second with 1.80m to Shanice Hall of Wolmer’s Girls, 1.85m.

Williamson, whose exploits over the past few years helped to establish Edwin Allen’s prominence at Boys and Girls Champs, received a Sports Scholarship and is now in her freshman year studying Humanities, Education and Liberal Studies at UWI.

With her best being 1.88m, Williamson will be going for the win, if not the Gibson’s 13 year old High Jump Record of 1.89m held by Karen Beautle.

She jumped 1.80m to win at the Western Relays and fouled out at 1.85m. Her jumps coach Kerry-Lee Ricketts says she is working hard to strengthen her technique, “She is targeting the “B” standard (1.92m) at or before the National Championships in June this year. Therefore we are now working on technical flaws and ensuring that she gets rid of lingering health issues. She will be competitive, however.”

The Gibson Relays gets underway at 10:00am this Saturday, February 23 at the National Stadium.

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