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Junior Trials postponed

Bad weather halts junior trials, which be jointly held with senior trials the weekend

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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It will be double the excitement for track and field enthusiasts next weekend, as they will be treated to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior and Junior trials, following yesterday's postponement of the latter due to inclement weather.

The nation's top junior athletes were scheduled to begin their hunt for places to represent Jamaica at next month's IAAF World Under-18 Championships, but will have to wait until next weekend to do so, alongside the senior athletes who will be vying for spots to the IAAF World Championships in London.

Garth Gayle, honorary secretary of the JAAA, explained the circumstances which led to the postponement, while confirming that both trials will be held jointly.

“The meet has been postponed for several reasons-the inclement weather, which is very unstable. we have teams that were already on their way and got marooned, especially those that are coming through the Clarendon beltway….Edwin Allen and all those other schools are having serious issues,” Gayle told the Jamaica Observer via telephone yesterday.

“We were also having challenges with officials being available to serve and so when all was taken into consideration, the committee, along with the executive members of the association, finalised the decision to postpone, and a final decision will be made by Monday. and we will disseminate that via the media,” he added.

However, as it relates to the exact days for the two-day junior trials, Gayle pointed out that discussions are currently ongoing and a new schedule will soon be finalised.

“That will be the situation, but to say whether it is a Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday is not yet decided on — two of the four days of the senior trials will have the juniors competing on those two days.

“They will be competing over two days on the weekend with the seniors, but we have other matters to decide on because some of our major participants will be having graduation for many of the big schools. So we are trying to put together a rational decision that will benefit all concerned, to the best our ability,” Gayle noted.

The athletes will converge inside the National Stadium in Kingston to bid for spots on the team to the final World Under-18 Championships, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 12-16.

A team for the Junior Pan-Am Championship for Under-20 athletes, set for July 21-23 in Peru, will also be selected from the junior championships, which will feature most of the young stars who highlighted the five-day ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships earlier this year.

Meanwhile, senior athletes will be heading to the London World Championships, scheduled for August 4-13.

— Sherdon Cowan

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