A dual-photo finish system is among new technologies to be introduced at the 12th staging of the Wesley Powell Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Excelsior High School nine-lane track next Saturday.
The introduction of the photo-finish system is an attempt to make the results of the meet more readily available, which will allow the finish judges to make swifter determinations of the final placings and, in turn, pass this information to the media, coaches and all parties concerned.
To further facilitate the process, a Wi-Fi hot spot will be temporarily established so that results can be transmitted straight to relevant devices.
Sponsored by the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, the meet was inaugurated in 1998 to honour the memory of the late founder of Excelsior, Aston Wesley Powell.
The announcement was made at a press launch at the auditorium at Excelsior High School recently.
The Wesley Powell Invitational, from its humble beginning with 21 schools participating that brought more than 700 athletes from both rural and urban areas, has grown steadily throughout the years. Setting a particular and peculiar standard, the meet has now become a permanent fixture on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association calendar and is the first stop for several schools as they seek to qualify for the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championship.
To date, over 40 schools are known to have participated with over 1,200 athletes present. According to events committee chairman, Desmond Shakespeare, the stage is set this year for another tremendous turnout with one new event added — the Class Three girls’ shot put.
“Most of the entries come in at the last moment, but at present, 17 schools have already registered,” Shakespeare said.
There will be 40 track events and 29 field events at this year’s meet for both males and females. They will compete in classes one to four, open for high schools and open for clubs, colleges and institutions.
Frank Brown, who coached Excelsior to glory at both football and softball, along with Vinton Powell and Lorna Vernon, will be recognised for the contributions made to Excelsior High School.
Previously Published: Jamaica Observer