The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: 10 Schools Battle in Track & Field Showdown

Ten high schools across Montserrado County including Lott Carey, Ricks Institute, J.J Roberts, the Kingdom Foundation Institute, and Kpallah Public School, among others, are expected to engage in a track and field battle this weekend.

The games are part of the National High School Track & Field Championship which is expected today at the SKD Sports Complex refurbished track facilities.

To boost the technical build-up to the competition, the LAF has dispatched trained and experienced track and field coaches to all ten participating schools to ensure the athletes are adequately prepared to compete.

Bassa High School is the defending Champion but they have been denied a chance to defend their title because of budgetary constraints.

Coach Frederick Massaquoi told journalists that a massive cut in the budget for this year's event has left the organizing committee with no alternative but to deny the participation of students attending schools outside of Montserrado County.

A 16-year-old high-jump rising star Kadmel Enders from the Kingdom Foundation Institute in Soul Clinic, Paynesville, who clinched Gold Medal for Liberia at the ECOWAS games in Accra, Ghana, also told reporters that he is upbeat and fully prepared to upset opponents.

Highlight performances are also expected from World Youth Athletics Sprinter Queenela Jackson and 16-year old Lucy Massaquoi. Both athletes are expected to represent Ricks Institute and Lott Carey Mission School respectively.

Lucy won Silver Medal for Liberia at the 84th International Boxing Day sports competition in Freetown, Sierra Leone, last year. She made big impressions in the women's 5,000 meter race, and the long-jump.

Special guests poised to grace the occasion are Youth and Sports Ministry officials, Liberia Athletics Federation, National Olympic Committee and stakeholders from the various Track and Field clubs in the country.

This year's edition of the National High School Athletics Championships under the financial sponsorship of the Youth and Sports Ministry is being organized by the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF). The competition ends on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

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