JA boys dominate in sprint relays

Posted by Dresonic on April 28, 2007

Yohan Blake (front) of St Jago gets the baton
from Riker Hilton on the final exchange in the heats of the High School
Boys 4x100m relays yesterday.
St Jago and Calabar, two of seven
Jamaican teams in the Championship finals today have the fastest times.
(Photo: Paul Reid)

College, Calabar and Jamaica College lead the Jamaican high school boys
in qualifying for both finals from yesterday’s heats of the 4x100m and
4x800m at the 113th Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia.

The heats and the finals of the
4x400m, along with the 400m hurdles and the field events, including the
long, triple and high jumps, will be held today, the final day of the
Despite less than desirable weather conditions, the Jamaican
boys sprint relay teams brought the packed house to its feet as seven
teams qualified for the eight-team final.

Champs Class One record holders St
High and Calabar posted the fastest times with identical 40.94
seconds clocking, running in a steady drizzle and cool temperatures.
holders and defending champions Camperdown, 41.50, running without
Remaldo Rose in their heat, former winners Holmwood Technical, 42.06,
Jamaica College, 41.93, Kingston College, KC, 41.91, and Wolmer’s
, 41.90, join South Shore of New York in the Championships of
Americas finals.

St Jago’s coach Danny Hawthorne
was still uncertain if he would change the line-up from yesterday’s
heat, telling Sporting World he might stick with the team of Andre
Walsh, Riker Hilton, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake.

Herbert Morrison Technical missed
a place in the Championship finals, as despite winning their heat by a
long way, running 42.73 seconds, anchor leg runner Dexter Lee eased up
a the end, costing his team. They have a chance of going one better
than last year when they were second in the ‘Small Schools’ finals.

They will join Clan Carthy in the that consolation finals, while Cornwall College and Ardenne are alternates.
Mannings High, who were fifth in the Championships finals last year, are the only Jamaican school in the ‘Large Schools’ final.

Kingston College have the second
fastest time over-all, 7:55.80, going into the final of the 4x800m with
the team of Adrian Bonner, Danzeto Cephas, Andre Pickersgill and
Donahue Williams.

Kingston College and Jamaica
staged a battle in their heat that was run in driving rain, as
despite a gallant run by 16-year-old Waquar DaCosta on the anchor,
Jamaica College were second in 7:57.97 minutes.

Manchester High, 7:57.92, who beat
Calabar, 7:58.97, in the first heat and Edwin Allen, 8:01.61, will also
contest the final of the two-mile relay.

Kingston College and St Jago have
both run under 3:10.00 in the Mile Relay this season and will start as
favourites to advance to the final later today.

Kingston College’s 3:09.22 at
Gibson Relays is the fastest by a Jamaican school this year, while St
set the record at ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Champs with 3:09.51.
Calabar have a season best 3:10.61 run at Champs.



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