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3 age groups added to AAA meet

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

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Three new age groups have been added to the programme as the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) prepares to celebrate World Athletics Day with a difference tomorrow at the National Stadium.
The meet gets underway at 10 a.m.
In addition to the usual Under-18 club championship featuring all of the events, there is a new Under-16 division targeting secondary schools as well as Under-12 and Under-10 divisions for the primary schools.
In the Under-16 division, schools can enter six-member male or female teams. Each athlete must take part in two or three events and at least one must be from the track or field. A scoring system will be used for those events and the relays.
Events open for the girls are the 100 metres, 75-metre hurdles, 1 000 metres, high jump, long jump, discus, shot put and the 4x100m relay. Similar events are open for the boys with the exceptions being the 80-metre hurdle and the weights for the throwing implements.
Similarly, the primary schools can also enter six-member teams in the Under-10 and Under-12 divisions. The Under-10 events are the 80 metres, high jump, long jump, cricket ball throw and the 4x50m relay, while the Under-12s have the 4×100 metres relay.
A similar scoring system will be used.
In addition to the T-shirts, posters and pins, athletes can also score big as part of the IAAF draw for the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Results of the meet will be sent to the world body which will select a winner.
Hurdler Kenrisha Brathwaite was the lucky winner in 2009.