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The G.C. Foster 5K Fun Run/Walk which will be held on Sunday November 27, 2016 starting at 2:00 pm was officially launched on Wednesday November 16, 2016 under the theme: “Recreation, Health and Wellness for the Spanish town Community”. A number of key personnel were present, which included a representative from the Spanish Town Police Department, Past G.C. Foster College Chairman Dr. Winston Dawes in the capacity of Sports Medical Practitioner who will be working at the meet; General Secretary of the JAAA Mr. Garth Gayle who also lauded G.C. Foster College for the great contribution that it has been making in the country and Mr. Hubert Lawrence, Sports Analyst who charged the Olympians that were present. The present Olympians: Sasha-lee Forbes, Anneisha McClaughlin-Whilby and Ristananna Tracey, who are all athletes from the G.C. Foster College Sprintec Track Club and were recognized for their participation in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Dennis Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Jac-Den enterprise, spoke on behalf of the sponsors, which include: Tred Laboratories Ltd., Digicel, NCB, Tropical Blue, Derrimon Distributors, HiLyte, Marksman, and On Di Run Events Management.
The committee chaired by Vice Principal of Academics and Head Coach of The G.C. Foster college Track and Field Mr. Maurice Wilson, was pleased with the support that the College has received from the sponsors and partners and urged everyone to participate in the 5k competition.
Meet director, Mr. Chester McCarthy commented on the logistics of the 5k competition, indicating the route that will be taken and also mentioned additional security that will be provided by Guardsman Ltd. He further highlighted a very important physical warm-up exercise that will be done at 1:30 pm before the official start of the run/walk.
Route for the 5K Fun Run/Walk: From G.C. Foster College gate, left onto the Brunswick towards Angels, left turn into Angels Estate 1, right turn out of Angels 1 back onto the Brunswick and return to G.C. Foster to finish.
The Gerald Claude Foster Over Distance Meet will be held on Saturday December 17, 2016 at 9:00 am
Maurice Wilson, coach and lecturer at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, will be Jamaica’s track and field technical leader at this summer’s Olympic Games.
Wilson has served in the head track and field coaching position at the 2012 Olympic Games and the World Championships in 2011 and 2015. The appointment was communicated during a recent interview with local athletics chief, Dr Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.
Wilson has helped Holmwood Technical High School to win 10 Girls’ Championships titles and has been involved in the development of Olympians, including Chris Williams, the 2001 World Championships 200m silver medal winner, 2005 National 400m champion Lansford Spence, 2008 Olympic 400m finalist Rosemarie Whyte, and schoolgirl Olympic relay medallist, Bobbi-Gaye Wilkins.
In 2012, he coached Janieve Russell to the 2012 World Junior gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles, and the following year, he guided Yanique Thompson to victory in the 100-metre hurdles at the World Youth Championships.
He had another major success when Rasheed Dwyer won the 2011 World Student Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games 200-metre gold medals and silver in the 2015 Pan-Am Games. Dwyer ran 19.80 seconds in the semi-finals at those Games to break a meet record set in 1971 by Jamaican legend Don Quarrie.
This year, Wilson’s G.C. Foster teams won the men’s and women’s team titles at the Jamaican Intercollegiate Championships. G.C. Foster College went on to win their first Penn Relays Championships, with a solid win in the College men 4x100 metres.
The other Olympic team coaches will be named after this week’s National Senior Championships.
“The staff usually gets finalised after the Trials because we try to name the coaches who have athletes on the team,” explained Blake.
Congratulations to the track and field team that represented Jamaica at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Senior Area Championships from August 7-9, 2015 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Rasheed Dwyer breezed to a new championship record in the 200M in a time of 20.12 while the 4X100M team blazed to a new record of 38.07, and now has the 4th fastest time this year. Shot putter Raymond Brown came in third to take the bronze and Javelin thrower Orrin Powell came in 5th in his event. Congratulations to Sprint Coach Lamar Richards who did a great job. Well done team
G.C. FOSTER College’s Audra Segree and the University of Technology’s Julian Forte were in impressive form on last Saturday’s second staging of this season’s All Comers meet inside the National Stadium as both clocked personal best times over their 100 metres.
After a very good start and maintaining good form throughout, Segree stopped the clock at an impressive 11.44 seconds to win the women’s event. Nadine Palmer was second in 11.53 seconds with Lezline Gilzene finishing third in 11.71 seconds.
There was some bad luck for the University of Technology’s Natasha Morrison. Morrison who was selected to be a part of the Jamaica’s team to this weekend’s IAAF World Relays fell to the ground midway the event with a hamstring injury.
In the men’s event, Forte, who is set to compete at the World Relays, continued his impressive form this season. In a very competitive field, Forte, who had time to slow down towards the latter stage of the race, blew away the field to win in a new lifetime best of 10.03 seconds to become the second fastest Jamaican so far this season over 100 metres behind overseas-based Kemarley Brown, who clocked 9.93 seconds over the weekend in California. Oshane Bailey was second in 10.25 seconds with his training partner Jason Livermore taking third in 10.25 seconds.
There were also good performances from Anastasia Leroy and Shericka Jackson. Competing in the 200 metres, Leroy was the best female in the event after clocking 23.34 seconds for the win over Segree who did 23.70 seconds. Jackson was the best female in the 400 metres after stopping the clock at 52.33 seconds, getting the better of Papine High’s Tiffany James (53.21) and Balaclava High’s Dawnalee Loney (54.07).
Olympian Rusheen McDonald was in fine form in the men’s 400 metres as he scored a decisive win in 45.51 seconds for the fastest time of the day in the event, getting the better of Peter Matthews (46.78) and St Jago High schoolboy Martin Manley who was third overall in 46.87 seconds