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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has been named as the honourees of the fifth staging of the Central Hurdles and Relays Athletic Championship this year.

Chairman of the meet's organising committee, Jerry Holness, made the announcement while addressing the audience at yesterday's launch at the Tropics View Hotel in Manchester.

"This year we've decided to step out of the box at little," Holness explained. "So rather than looking at an individual or a school, we've decided to (honour) our national federation, the JAAA, for the role it has played in the development of track and field over the years."

The meet will be staged on Saturday at GC Foster College in Angels, Spanish Town.

"Twenty-two records were broken last year and we're certainly expecting that there will be more this year," meet director Maurice Wilson said.

"This being an Olympic year, we're encouraging the athletes to aim high," he added. "It's not impossible for you to make the (jump) from being as student athlete to (competing) at the Olympics," he said.

Former Manchester High coach Holness, who now coaches in the United Arab Emirates, told the audience there will be no major changes this year, adding that the event will continue to serve as a qualifier for Boys' and Girls' Champs, likewise the Penn Relays.

He said: "(Although) there'll not be a lot of changes this year... we're expecting to have a well-run meet. We have been using electronic timing since the inception, which means that whatever times you (produce) will be able to stand up to scrutiny."

Meanwhile, WATA continues to head the list of sponsors, which is completed by Custom Marbles and Designs, Tropics View Hotel and JCK consulting group, but Holness highlighted the need for more financial support.

"We've not been able to attract the kind of support that we anticipated," he lamented. "We've been carrying the meet on a very small budget, so we're appealing to corporate Jamaica. It's not too late to come on board for Saturday."

The meet is scheduled to run off at 8:30 am with the long jump and the 4x800m Open, and close with 4x400m for boys.

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