One of Track and Field’s intense rivalries is set to unfold on Thursday May 16 and Friday May 17 at the 30th staging of the 2013 JTA/Sagicor National Primary, All Age and Junior High Schools Athletic Championships at the National Stadium.
Portland will have to pull out all the stops if they are to secure their fourth title as St Andrew have made their intentions clear of winning back the title which Portland took from them in 2011.
Parish Co-ordinator for St Andrew Merelene Smith says her charges are ready and rearing to go, and nothing else but victory is on the cards.
“We have our team set and in place, we have been training since early April and we believe we have what it takes to come out on top this year,” said Smith.
St Andrew’s victory bid will be lead once again by 2012 Champion girl Tizadie Johnson who dominated the 200 and 400m plus the high jump at last year’s championship.
Smith believes that her team’s strength in the sprints will put them in good stead to dethrone Portland.
“We are looking very good in the sprints, the athletes are together and I can tell you it’s going to be a cracker come Thursday and Friday May 16 and 17.”
In the meantime, defending champions Portland will have a full strength team as well and their victory bid will come down to how their sprinters perform.
According to Coach Herman Reid, Portland’s young guns are ready to fire again.
“Our team is still young but with the likes of Mackaela Fraser and Joline Fable in good nick, it’s going to be hard to dethrone us.” said Reid.
Fourteen Parishes will vie for the National title whilst individual athletes will compete for the coveted title of Champion boy and champion girl who will receive not only a trophy but also an academic scholarship for their tenure at a Secondary School courtesy of Sagicor Life Jamaica.