“Grenadian athletes to invade Guyana for regional meet” By Rawle Nelson
A number of top Grenadian athletes are expected to invade Guyana on August 17th and 18th for the staging of the fourth Boyce & Jefford Track and Field Classic. The two-day historic meet will see other regional athletes primarily from Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and host Guyana competing for prize money that total over USD $12, 500.00. This year’s competition has seen a marked increase in cash incentives from last year’s $7500.00 USD.
It was noted that the Fourth Edition of the Boyce & Jefford Track and Field Classic will be held on August 17 at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, Georgetown with Heats and three finals, and August 18 with grand finals at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden.
Stressing that this is the association’s second time participating at this meet he expressed the view that they will do very well. He also expressed appreciation to his local counterparts in Guyana who he said are responsible for the airfare and accommodation expenses of his team.
George expressed the view that the two-day event will be executed at a very high standard stressing that based on reports over the years the meet is highly competitive. “Our participation at this meet continues to be made a reality through the organizers in Guyana and we intend to continue participating because we have seen athletes grow and develop,” he said.
Confirmed reports stated that the meet would have the opportunity of hosting the third fastest South American Junior 400m runner, Stephan James, among several others, who have gone on to make a name for themselves in athletics in the region.
The local Athletic President added, “This meet (Boyce & Jefford Classic) continues to develop athletes and Grenada has been part of that development. We are seeing how this meet is growing from just accommodating local athletes to attracting Caribbean participation.”
Meanwhile, Athletics Association of Guyana President Colin Boyce who also serves as the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Classic, indicated that they were pursuing to have the participation of World Junior 400m silver medalist, and Central America and Caribbean (CAC) gold medalist, US-based Guyanese, Kadecia Baird. He said that this attempt had to be aborted because Baird qualified for the World Championships.
Commenting on the international races, Boyce said that there would be four at this year’s competition, which he said would attract cash prizes of $250.00USD, $150.00USD and $100.00USD for first to third; plaques will accompany the prizes. He pointed out that they have extended this to local clubs and Caribbean countries.
He further noted that the top club would pocket $2500.00 USD while second place gets $1500.00USD and third place $1000.00 USD. The competition Chairman added that they have extended the monetary club prizes to sixth as a result of the fact that many smaller clubs are unable to compete with the premier clubs. This, he said will see the team placing fourth getting $500.00 USD while fifth and sixth gets $300.00 USD and $200.00 USD respectively, with trophies being handed out from first to third in the club championships.
Additional prizes that will be on offer will see the Champion Male and Champion Female athletes receiving $250.00 USD each with trophies. In the event there is a tie, the money will be divided. All athletes placing first to third will receive a customized medal depending on their place, compliments of Digicel.
There will also be two Masters events in the well-stocked programme, attracting cash prizes of $125.00 USD, $75.00 USD and $50.00 USD for placing in that order. It was revealed that a request was made by the media houses to stage a Media 60m, however this is under consideration with a decision to be made soon.