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Yohan Blake rakes in more awards

Posted by Dresonic on April 30, 2007


PHILADELPHIA, USA – The individual awards keep flowing in for St Jago’s Yohan Blake.

On Saturday afternoon, the
Jamaican was named the 113th Penn Relays Carnival’s High
School Boys
outstanding athlete for relay events.

Blake won the award after
anchoring the St Jago 4x100m team to a record 39.96 seconds, and
followed that with a gutsy anchor leg on the 4x400m, splitting 45.4
seconds, but lost on the line to Long Beach Poly 3:09.89 to 3:10.43.

Blake who was named the Most
Outstanding Athlete at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Champs after
breaking Tesfa Latty’s Class One 100m record with a smart 10.21
seconds, was also named the Austin Sealy Award winner at the Carifta
Games in the Turks and Caicos Islands two weeks later after setting a
new National Junior Record in the 100m – 10.11 seconds.

He had broken the record held by Raymond Stewart earlier in the heats when he clocked 10.18 seconds.
Long
Beach Poly’s time was the second fastest ever at the Penn Relays as
their anchor leg runner was also clocked in an identical 45.4 seconds
split.

In the shorter race, St Jago had
beaten Calabar, who ran the fourth fastest time of 40.24 seconds, but
had to settle for second place, despite ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Champs
Class Two double record-breaker, Ramone McKenzie, getting the baton a
yard or two ahead of Blake.

Blake’s award was the third of the
meet for Jamaicans. On Friday, Vere Technical’s record-breaking triple
jumper, Kimberley Williams, won the High School Girls award for
individual events.

On Thursday she had set a new Penn
Relays Record of 12.91m to win her third straight triple jump
championship. That mark was her third best on the day, having cleared
13m twice in the first round.

The first round marks were not
recognised, however, due to a mistake by the officials who did not use
the steel tape to measure her marks on both occasions.

Former St Jago high sprinter,
world number one ranked 100m female, Kerron Stewart, was also named the
college woman’s outstanding individual athlete after winning the 100m
Championships in 11.15 seconds on Saturday.

Stewart, who attended Essex
Community College, had gone into Saturday’s final with the fastest time
(11.22 seconds) in the heats on Friday afternoon.

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