By Anthony Foster, Trackalerts.com writer
Calabar High, the kings of schoolboy track and field, now have a track meet of their own. The Red Hills Road-based institution on Thursday, January 14, proudly launched their 1st staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic. The meet will be held at the school's new facility on Saturday, January 23, starting at 8:30am.
The Honorable Herbert McKenley and Dr. Arthur Wint, two past students of the institution, were outstanding athletes for the country at the Olympic Games of 1948 and 1952.
Donald Quarrie, one of the world’s best during the 70's and who won the 1976 200m Olympic Games title, was on hand for the launch.
On meet day, the winners of the boys and girls Class 1 400m, will be given the Arthur Wint trophies donated by the Wint family.
The Olympic Development men and women 400m winners will, however, be given cash prizes which will be presented by the McKenley family.
Three time Boys and Girls Champs Class I 400m gold medalist, himself a former Calabar athlete, Javon Francis, also at the launch, said he will open his season at the meet.
The events to be contested are 100m, sprint hurdles, 400m, 1500m (all classes) and 400m hurdles open. In the field, the events are high jump, long jump, shot put, discus for all classes.
Additionally, the 400m and 800m for Olympic Development male and female, along with a special 100m for Calabar boys, will also be on the schedule.
The organizing committee is also extending special invitations to some primary and prep schools in the area to take part in a 100m event.
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