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Jamaican schools begin arriving in Philly today

Posted by Dresonic on April 24, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, USA – The bulk of Jamaica’s 35 high school teams are expected to start arriving in Philadelphia this evening as the countdown for the 113th Penn Relays Carnival gets on in earnest.

The relays will start on Thursday morning and 24 boys high schools and 11 girls schools are down to take part in the event that will run through Saturday evening.
Most of the teams are due in today, but the boys teams will not start arriving until Wednesday as they don’t get into action until Friday morning.

Registration of high school teams starts tomorrow morning.

ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ champions Calabar High and Holmwood will lead the Jamaican contingent that will also see seven college teams and three track clubs taking part.

GC Foster Sports College, UWI-Mona and the University of Technology will field men’s and women’s teams, while Knox Community College will enter a men’s team only.

John Mills TC, Red Hills TC and Seaward Gardens TC are all listed in the programme to take part, but it is understood that at least one other team, Flyers TC, will also take part.

The Jamaicans are expected to repeat last year’s dominance when they won all six Championship of Americas finals (4×100, 4×400 and 4x800m) in each section.

The St Jago team led by new National unior Record holder in the 100m, Yohan Blake, seems the team to beat after running times faster than the records in the 4x100m and 4x400m earlier this year.

Holmwood Technical girls swept all threerelays last year and will start favourites to repeat that feat this year.
The Jamaican high schools have been coming to the Penn Relays since the mid-1960s when Kingston College first made the trek and since then have become an integral part of the Penn Relays, despite several modifications to the rules.

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