Saturday 7 December, 2019

Calabar win 4x400 and 4x800 on final day of Penn Relays

Members of Calabar High's 4x400m relay team following their championship race victory at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Members of Calabar High's 4x400m relay team following their championship race victory at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Jamaica high school boys’ teams dominated the three Championship of America relay races on Saturday’s final day of the 125th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Calabar High starred on the day with two relay victories after St Jago scored a shock win over Kingston College (KC) in the High School Boys’ 4x100 Championship of America.

The St Jago High quartet of Rasheed Broadbell, Vashaun Vascianna, Javari Thomas and Kavian Kerr stopped the clock at 40.83 seconds to win their first sprint relay championship title at the Penn Relays in 12 years.

St Jago High just got the better of the big favourites KC, which finished second in 40.86 with the quartet of Wayne Pinnock, Roshaun Rowe, Shacquille Lowe, and Oshane Peart.

Jamaican high school teams occupied the first four places as Calabar High (41.05) and Rusea’s High (41.76) finished third and fourth.

Penn Relays Carnival 2019 - Day 3

There was no surprise in the High School Boys’ 4x800 Championship of America as Calabar High, as expected, dominated the event.

The quartet of Devannah Gayle (1:55.04), Kevroy Venson (1:53.08), Rivaldo Marshall (1:53.60) and Kimar Farquharson (1:54.90) came home in 7:36.61, well ahead of second-place KC, which clocked 7:40.96 with Giovouni Henry (1:56.55), Gianni Henry (1:54.01), Khabeeba Mills (1:53.82) and Tarees Rhoden (1:56.59).

The two Jamaican high school teams finished ahead of New Jersey-based St. Benedict’s, which finished third in 7:41.13. Jamaica College came home fourth in 7:42.41.

Calabar returned later to beat KC in the High Schools’ 4x400 Championship of America for their second relay victory.

The quartet of Nile McLaymont (48.9), Romario Northover (48.7), Shevoir Reid (48.34), Evaldo Whitehorn (46.77) stopped the clock at 3:12.66 to beat KC, which clocked 3:13.65 for second place with Kobe Simpson (48.7), Tarees Rhoden (48.1), Jevaughn J Powell (48.49) and Shanthamoi Brown (48.39).

The Washington-based Bullis School denied Jamaican high school teams a sweep of the medals with a third-place finish in 3:14.40.

Excelsior High had to settle for fourth in 3:14.92.

Meanwhile, KC secured a victory through star athleter Wayne Pinnock, who won the High School Boys’ Long Jump Championship for the second straight year.

Pinnock won with an effort of 7.87m, just one centimetre outside his record mark of 7.88m, which he set last year.

Calabar High’s Jordan Turner finished second with 7.59m, while Pinnock’s schoolmate, Shaquille Lowe ended third with 7.42m.

Earlier, KC’s star hurdler Romel Plummer was upstaged in the High School Boys’ 400m Hurdles Championship, his first defeat this season.

Plummer clocked 52.58 seconds but had to settle for the runner-up spot behind Ryler Gould of Newburgh Free Academy out of New York, who won with a time of 52.55.

Edward Richardson III of Bethel High School out of Virginia finished third with a time of 52.67.

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