OVERVIEW OF TRACK MEET
Author : Mrs Cynthia Cooke (Retired Principal ,
Camperdown High School)
Camperdown High School has a rich history in Track and Field
Athletics. Hence, any Track and Field Athletics calendar in Jamaica should
reflect this. At least , that’s how we feel.
Many years ago, Mr. Mills and myself, journeyed to some
insurance companies, trying to interest them in sponsoring a Camperdown Track
meet. At least one showed interest. It was up to us now to find a venue. Many
here will know that Camperdown High School has a field, but that field can only
accommodate a track of less than 200m on the perimeter. We therefore decided on
field events only. I guess you know by now, that did not materialize.
2005, is now the year that Mr. Mills and I succeeded in
having the Inaugural Camperdown Classics, placed on the calendar of events
published by the JAAA. The meet will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2005, at
the Stadium East. Yes, we do have sponsors. They have decided to start with us
and we hope they will continue in the years to come.
Although we are the “new kids on the block,” we do not wish
to try and better those who were before us. We want this meet to be seen as an
event that is necessary, to satisfy the need of the growing number of schools
and other institutions, seeking to qualify for participation in major
The meet has a scheduled start of 9:00am and the final event
for 6:35pm. The events are: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 4 x 400m relays. 400m
hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Over 70 schools have stated their intention to participate
together with UWI, G.C.Foster College, EXED Community College and others. Kim
Collins, 2003 World 100m gold medallist, heads the team from Racers Track Club
and the High Performance Centre.
Our team have been learning from other meets staged so far
this season. We have listened to our athletes, coaches and spectators. The
technical teams and the media have also provided us with a wealth of
information. All this has been added to the bag of knowledge already provided by
Mr. Glen Mills and our Meet Manager Mr. Garth Gayle. The product should be a
meet of high quality.