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GOLD FOR WILLIAMS Jamaica teams waltz into Penn Relays finals

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2007

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania –
Vere Technical’s triple jumper Kimberly Williams continued her
outstanding season by setting a new Penn Relay record in the high
school event yesterday – her third straight title.

Williams, who won the event at
this year’s Girls Champs and Carifta Games, leaped 12.91m to break the
old mark of 12.87m set by Carlene Cummings of Morrow, New Jersey, in
1998.

On a mostly dry but cold day in
which some 23,996 fans braved the weather to enjoy the meet, the
Jamaican teams positioned themselves for honours on today’s second day
with outstanding performances in three relays.

Holmwood, who will defend three titles today, are in three finals – the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x80m – along with Edwin Allen.

The Michael Dyke coached Edwin Allen have the fastest times of the Jamaicans in all three events.
Despite
her victory, it was not all smiles for the usually upbeat Williams. She
broke down in tears as she believed she had twice jumped further, but
was not credited by the officials.

Williams said she jumped over
13.30m twice in the first round, but the officials said they were not
aware she had beaten the record and did not use the steel tape but the
laser measurement.

For a record to be properly ratified the steel tape must be used to measure the jump.

Williams, who won in 2005 and last
year with identical marks of 12.47m, said she had prepared for the meet
and for the first time, was not affected by the weather.

“I trained hard and prepared
myself physically and mentally… and I’m disappointed the 13 metres
measurements will not be recorded officially,” she told the Observer.

Meanwhile, national Junior
record-holder over 400m hurdles, Kaleise Spencer of UTech, won the
College women’s event in 56.33 seconds.

The former Mannings star said she
was not satisfied with the time but given that it’s her first
competitive race of the season, she would take it.

Former Holmwood athlete Sheryl Morgan was fifth in 58.52 despite winning her heat ahead of former STETHS runner Janice Smythe.

Five Jamaican high schools are in
the Championship of Americas 4x100m final, led by Edwin Allen’s
46.16secs with the team of Shauna Anderson, Kimberly Smith, Gayon Evans
and Nafine Briscoe.

Coach Michael Dyke told the Observer he will be bringing in Kacia Jones, but was not sure who will be replaced.

Defending champions Holmwood
Technical (46.69), record-holders Vere (47.14), Manchester (46.94) and
St Jago (46.52 without Natasha Ruddock) are also in the final.

Alpha Academy and STETHS are in
the Small Schools consolation final, while St Andrew High and The
Queen’s are in the Large Schools equivalent.

Edwin Allen’s 3:41.67secs makes
them the fastest qualifiers entering the 4x400m final. They will be
joined by Holmwood (3:44.78), Manchester (3:45.68) and St Jago
(3:47.15).
Defending champions Holmwood and Edwin Allen are also in the Championships of Americas 4x800m final.

Holmwood’s Vanessa Boyd, Susan
McLayne, Salcia Slack and Keno Heaven ran 9:05.11 to easily win their
heat, while Edwin Allen were pushed all the way for second in their
heat in 9:05.02 behind fastest qualifiers Pope John Paul XXIII
(9:03.56).

Both Dyke and Holmwood’s Maurice
Wilson will make changes. For the former, Girls Champs Class 1 800m
champion Bobby-Gaye Wilkins will come in for the decider.

Vere and Manchester did not
recover from poor starts and finished well back in the gruelling
Distant Medley Relays run in 52-degree weather.

There were three second-place
finishes in individual events. Shana-Gay Tracey of Manchester hit the
final hurdle and stumbled to second in 59.49secs for her first loss of
the season. Ryan Krais of Methacton, Pennsylvania was the winner.

Holmwood’s national Junior
record-holder Tanisha Blair had an off day and also finished second in
the javelin with 44.64m to lose her title.

Manchester’s Khadeen Isaacs was second in the high jump with 1.69m, just shy of her season’s best 1.70m set at Champs.

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