Olympic relay gold medallist Aileen Bailey, hurdler Isa Phillips and Herbert McGregor who were named in the team to participate in the Beijing Olympics, will lead Jamaica’s 16-member team to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Cali, Colombia, this weekend.
The team, which was selected based on results of last weekend’s National Senior Trials held at the National Stadium, is scheduled to leave the island today for the meet on Friday and Sunday.
No relay teams were named in the scaled-down squad.
Bailey, a finalist in the 100 and 200 metres last weekend, will run the sprint double while Moya Reynolds and Sonita Sutherland will contest the 400 metres.
Former William Knibb and Lincoln University sprinter, Lerone Clarke, along with Davion Spence, will run the 100m, while Xavier Brown will defend his 200m crown won in Cartagena, Colombia, two years ago.
Long jumper McGregor won a bronze two years ago but it came in the 4x100m relay. This weekend he and Senior Champs double gold medallists Julian Reid will contest the long jump.
Former national record-holder in the decathlon, Claston Bernard, will return to competition after a two-year break and will compete in part one of the 10-event discipline.
Men’s squad: Lerone Clarke, Davion Spence, Xavier Brown, DeCosmo Wright, Isa Phillips, Claston Bernard, Herbert McGregor, Julian Reid, Hickel Woolery.
Women’s squad: Aileen Bailey, Moya Thomas, Sonita Sutherland, Julian Reynolds, Caltha Seymore, Zara Northover, Kateema Riettie.
Team manager is Carol Long, assistant manger/coach Roy Thomas, coaches Orville Byfield and Joseph Shand.