Monday 18 March, 2019

Holmwood, Edwin Allen defend titles on Day 2 at Penn Relays

Jamaica High Schools are on course to sweep the three Championships of American girls' finals on Friday's second day of the 2018 Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Holmwood Technical retained their title in the High School Girls' 4x800m Championship of America, while Edwin Allen also successfully defended their High School Girls' 4x100 Championship of America title.

Christiana-based Holmwood Technical scored a comfortable victory in the High School Girls' 4x800m Championship of America. The quartet of Delverna Bromfield (2:13.48), Brittney Campbell (2:08.54), Sasha Brown (2:14.82) and Chrisanni May (2:11.50) completed the course in 8:48.33.

The Jamaican finished well clear of second-place Neumann-Goretti from Phiadelphia, which clocked 8:57.09 and third-place Shenendehowa of New York, which crossed the line in 9:03.62. Spalding High of Jamaica finished in 9:15.30.

Edwin Allen led home a Jamaica 1-2-3 finish in the High School Girls' 4x100 Championship of America to make it five straight wins in the event at the Penn Relays.

The quartet of Peter-Gay McKenzie, Kevona Davis, Fredricka McKenzie, Kasheika Cameron won the event in 44.79.

Holmwood Technical, with Kelliesha King, Kadeja Campbell, Michae Harriott, Shanette Allison, finished second in 45.05; while Hydel, with Yanique Dayle, Ashanti Moore, Ray-Donna Lee, Gabrelle Matthews, ended third in 45.38.

St Jago High (46.07), St Catherine High (46.22) and Petersfield High (46.81) finished fifth, sixth and eighth.

The final championship race - High School Girls' 4x400 Championship of America - is scheduled to begin at 4:05 pm Jamaica time. Hydel High are the defending champions.

In the field, Calabar High Kia Chang led home a Jamaica 1-2-3 finish in the High School Boys' Discus Throw Championship.

Chang won with an effort of 64.79m from Roje Stona of St Jago High, who threw 63.39m, while Phillipe Barnett of Excelsior finished third with 61.90m.

Former Excelsior High student Shanice Love, now attending Florida State, took the College Women's Discus Throw Championship with 56.10m. Isheka Binns of UWI Mona finished second with a throw of 55.92m.

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