The 2017 track and field season will step up a notch this weekend with the staging of the Youngster Goldsmith meet inside the National Stadium. Fans are in for a treat with hurdlers taking the spotlight in what will be a sneak preview of the upcoming ISSA-Grace-Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Champ-ionships. This is the only development meet where there will be heats and finals for the sprint hurdlers, and based on the competition so far, there will be some fierce clashes among both sexes this season. Calabar’s outstanding hurdler De’Jour Russell will make his season debut in Class One, competing in the 110m hurdles. Despite competing in the class for the first time, he should not have any trouble negotiating the 99.0 centimetres barrier as competing for the first time in Poland at the World U-20 Championships last year where he raced to a world-leading junior time of 13.20 seconds when winning his semi-finals. TIGHT FOR TOP SPOTS It will be tight for the other top spots, as his former teammate Alex Robinson, who now attends Wolmer’s Boys, showed excellent form last Saturday at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet, where he won in a personal best 13.88 seconds. Kingston College duo of Wayne Pinnock and Davion Williams are unbeaten so far this season and will be hoping to continue their dominance in Class Two. However, they will have the Jamaica College duo of Trezequet James and Tarijmaar Miller to contend with. The girls Class Two 100m hurdles is worth going miles to see as Holmwood Technical’s Shanette Allison and Vere’s Britany Anderson will be involved in a titanic clash. Both are in impressive form and the winner could likely go 13.2 here. Despite not showing her usual good form as yet, Deznay Freeman of Manchester High, the 2016 Champs Class Two champion, cannot be counted out and could spoil the party. Vere’s Amoi Brown threw down the gauntlet in Class One last Saturday at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet after stopping the clock at 13.78 seconds. However, she will have the likes of Wolmer’s Janeek Brown, along with the Edwin Allen duo of Gabrielle McDonald and Khamoy Farqhuarson and the seasoned campaigner Nicolle Foster of Holmwood to contend with.