Edwin Allen only girls winners . as Holmwood are beaten to gold on three occasions
Posted by Dresonic on April 28, 2007
Kacia Jones (left) and Shauna Anderson of
Edwin Allen execute their baton change at the first changeover on their
way to the victory in the Championship of Americas High School Girls
4x100m relay at the 113th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in
PHILADELPHIA, USA – Edwin Allen
High’s sprint relay team proved to be the only highlight for the
Jamaican girls’ high schools on yesterday’s second day of the 113th
Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia.
The Jamaicans’ day was ruined by a
combination of bad weather that forced the meet to be extended by
nearly three hours and a strong team from Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland
who won the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.
An announced crowd of 39,166, the
second highest Friday crowd in Penn Relays history, turned up despite
the bad weather, as only last year’s 39,943 was higher.
Edwin Allen won their first ever
4x100m Championship of Americas, beating defending champions Holmwood
Technical in the sixth fastest time ever, 44.87 seconds.
The Michael Dyke-coached team
justified their top billings after posting the fastest time in
Thursday’s preliminaries as national junior representative Kimberly
Smith anchored the team, replacing Nafine Briscoe, who ran the heats.
Shauna Anderson led off the race, handing over to Kacia Jones, who in turn handed the baton to Smith.
“We came to win this one, we knew
once we brought in the Class Two girls (Jones and Evans) we would be a
force to be reckoned with,” Dyke told reporters after the race.
Holmwood were second in 45.00
seconds, ahead of Manchester High, 45.78 seconds, while St Jago were
fifth, 45.97 seconds, and Vere Technical seventh in 46.58.
Alpha retained their ‘Small
Schools’ consolation title, winning in 47.71 seconds with the team of
Kimberly Golding, Chene Townsend, Shermaine Williams and Alicia
St Elizabeth Technical High were third in 48.30.
St Andrew High, the only Jamaican team in the ‘Large Schools’ consolation final, finished in sixth place in 48.33 seconds.
After losing out in the two
earlier finals, Holmwood’s final hope was in the Mile Relay, but had to
settle for second, snapping their 10-year string of wins when they won
12 Championship of Americas titles.
Holmwood ran 3:40.37 minutes for
second, ahead of Edwin Allen’s 3:42.28, while St Jago were fifth in
3:45.29. Eleanor Roosevelt won with 3:39.44 minutes.
Earlier, Holmwood lost another
heart breaker, edged out by Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland, 8:51.19 to
8:51.23 in the 4X800 metres.
Holmwood’s anchor leg runner
Bobby-Gay Wilkins, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls’ Champs Class One
400/800m winner, got the baton almost simultaneously with the Eleanor
Roosevelt anchor led runner and despite leading for most of the race
was beaten in the sprint to the wire.
The loss was a big one for the
team, especially Wilkins and lead off runner Vanessa Boyd, who were
inconsolable following the event, crying uncontrollably. Shantae
McLayne and Keno Heaven were the other members of the Holmwood team.
Edwin Allen were the other Jamaican team in the event, finishing third in 9:00.48 minutes.
Holmwood’s coach Maurice Wilson
was philosophical at the end of a long day, telling reporters, “once
the weather turned cold, I knew it would be hard for us. Also, when the
times are as slow as they were, you always have to watch the American
Wilson, who guided Holmwood to
their fifth straight Girls’ Champs title in March, said it was time to
look to next year, adding: “Winning 12 titles in 10 years is not bad
and this year we go home empty handed, but this is a part of track and
field, and we have to deal with it.”
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