Holmwood upstage Hydel in 4x400m at Penn Relays
Members of Holmwood Technical's 4x400m team following their championship victory in heavy downpour at the Penn Relays Carnival on April 26, 2019.
Holmwood Technical High School upstaged Hydel High on a rainy day to win the High School Girls' 4x400 Championship of America title on the second day of the 125th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Friday.
The Manchester-based school with Danaille Brissett (54.3), Daniella Deer (54.2), Rickiann Russell (55.07), and Kavia Francis (53.61) came home in 3:37.20 to win the event for the first time since 2010.
Hydel, which were were highly fancied to win the race for the third consecutive year, had to settle for second in 3:38.01. Oneika McAnnuff (54.3), Garriel White (55.4), Tafarra Rose (56.21) and Charokee Young (52.08) were members of the Hydel team.
Jamaican high school teams occupied the first three spots as Spalding High were well beaten into third place. The quartet of Ramonia Clarke, Kimone Campbell, Cheriece Cope (56.63) and Annie-lie Waite (56.70) clocked 3:43.83.
Penn Relays Carnival 2019 - Day 2
Earlier, Edwin Allen High retained their High School Girls’ 4x100 Championship of America title in record-breaking fashion.
The Michael Dyke-coached team with Serena Cole, Kevona Davis and twin sisters Tina and Tia Clayton won in an impressive 43.62 seconds to erase the 2017 championship record of 43.96 the school set in 2017. Davis was also a member of the 2017 team.
Jamaican high school teams occupied the first six places with Hydel High finishing second in 44.69 and St Jago, third in 44.78.
Holmwood Technical High finished fourth in 45.04. Excelsior High (45.75) and St Catherine High (45.99) crossed the line in fifth and sixth.
Edwin Allen High also secured another championship victory. The Clarendon-based school won its fifth High School Girls’ 4x800 Championship of America title very easily.
The quarter of Jessica McLean (2:14.77), Kayan Green (2:11.21), Nadine Rose (2:12.71) and Rushana Dwyer (2:15.34) clocked 8:54.02 for the victory.
New Jersey-based Union Catholic came home second in 9:0036, while Saints John Neumann and Maria Catholic High School of Philadelphia finished third in 9:03.07.
Members of Holmwood Technical's 4x400m relay team celebrate their championship victory in a heavy downpour.
Meanwhile, Calabar High's Kai Chang easily won the High School Boys' Discus Throw Championship with a big throw of 66.42.
Chang, the 2018 World U20 champion was the only thrower in the field to achieve a throw of over 60m.
Daniel Cope of Petersfield High was the closest competitor having hurled the discus out to 59.42m on his fourth attempt. Paul Brennan of Princeton in New Jersey managed a credible 56.99m for third.
Former Excelsior High thrower Shanice Love, now at Florida State University was similarly impressive in the College Women's Discus Throw Championship for her fourth win in five outings this season.
Five of Love’s six throws went beyond 57m in rainy conditions not ideal for throwing. Still, she managed to power the disc out to 58.25m on her final throw to seal the victory.
Ashley Anumba of the University of Pennsylvania copped the silver with 56.05m while Venique Harris of Albany took the bronze medal with 54.39m.
Action on Saturday's third and final day starts at 7:00 am.
The day will feature the High School Boys' 4x100 Championship of America at 2:04 pm, the High School Boys' 4x800 Championship of America at 4:00 pm and the High School Boys' 4x400 Championship of America at 5:45 pm.
Kingston College (KC) will enter the High School Boys' 4x100 Championship of America with the fastest qualifying time of 41.05 seconds following the preliminaries.
The quartet of Wayne Pinnock, Roshaun Rowe, Shakquille Lowe, and Oshane Peart recorded the 41.05-second clocking.
Defending champions Calabar High are the fastest qualifier going into the High School Boys' 4x800 Championship of America with a 7:41.62 clocking done by the quartet of Daniel Cunningham (1:58.19), Kevroy Venson (1:53.51), Rivaldo Marshall (1:55.17), Kimar Farquharson (1:54.76).
The preliminary round of the Boys' 4x400m will be run on Saturday morning.
In addition, the final day will also feature the USA vs. the World Men 4x100, USA vs. the World Women 4x100, USA vs. the World Men 4x400 and USA vs. the World Women 4x400.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association named a 32-member team to compete in the relays against the USA.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Asafa Powell, and Shericka Jackson will lead the Jamaican relay team.
MEN'S TEAM: Kenroy Anderson, Oshane Bailey, Nesta Carter, Anthony Carpenter, Rasheed Dwyer, Fitzroy Dunkley, Nigel Ellis, Julian Forte, Demish Gaye, Daniel Glave, Chadic Hinds, Rusheen McDonald, Jevaughn Minzie, Asafa Powell and Chad Walker
WOMEN'S TEAM: Schillonie Calvert-Powell, Verone Chambers, Christine Day, Gayon Evans, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shashalee Forbes, Shericka Jackson, Tiffany James, Anastacia Leroy, Jura Levy, Roneisha McGregor, Stephanie McPherson, Natasha Morrison, Janieve Russell, Sherone Simpson, Elaine Thompson and Rhonda Whyte