Saturday 4 April, 2020

USA dominate Jamaica at Penn Relays

Jamaica toiled behind the USA in fourth straight championship races as the host country dominated against the Rest of the World on Saturday's final day of the 2018 Penn Relays, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

USA won both sprint medleys along with the 4x400-metre races.

USA Red started the dominance with a Penn Relays record victory in the USA versus the World Women Sprint Medley.

The quartet of Destinee Brown, Aaliyah Brown, Kimberlyn Duncan and Raevyn Rogers completed the course in 1:35.20 to erase the 2017 record of 1:35.59 they set in 20.17.

Trinidad and Tobago with Khalifa St. Fort, Reyare Thomas, Kai Selvon and Sparkle McKnight finished second in 1:37.41, while Jamaica with Sherone Simpson, Gayon Evans, Verone Chambers and Kaliese Spencer had to settle for third in 1:38.31.

Jamaica was disqualified in the men's equivalent. The quartet of Everton Clarke, Martin Manley, Marzel Miller and Danielle Glave finished second in 3:17.74 behind USA but had their number take down as a result of a lane violation.

The USA quartet of Cordero Gray, Bryce Robinson, Jevon Hutchinson and Jesse Garn posted 3:14.91 for an easy victory.

Canada (3:19.03) and Haiti (3:27.96) were promoted to second and third respectively.

In the USA versus the World Women 4x400, Jamaica had to settle for second behind USA Red.

The Jamaican quartet of Christine Day (51.5), Anastasia Leroy (51.7), Rhonda Whyte (52.89) and Tiffany James (52.47) completed the race in 3:28.59, well behind USA Red, which won in 3:26.73 with Jaide Steptor (51.1), Jasmine Blocker (51.1), Kendra Chambers (53.10) and Daina Harper (51.38).

USA Blue with T’Shella Mungo (52.9), Kiah Seymour (52.1), Asha Ruth (52.89) and Gabrielle Farquharson (55.01) finished third in 3:32.94.

In the USA versus the World Men 4x400, Jamaica with Peter Matthews (46.3), Demish Gaye (45.2), Jamari Rose (46.19) and Jermaine Gayle (45.38) finished third in 3:03.12.

The USA quartet of Marqueze Washington (46.4), Michael Cherry (44.5), Marcus Chambers (44.84) and Mike Berry (45.57) won the race in  3:01.31, while Bahamas finished second in 3:02.54.

Earlier, Jamaica turned back challenges from two USA teams to win the USA versus the World Women 4x100-metre relay.

The Jamaican quartet of Gayon Evans, Kerron Stewart, Schillone Calvert-Powell and Jura Levy clocked 43.14 second for a very close victory.

USA Red with Aaliyah Brown, Kimberlyn Duncan, Destinee Brown and Kyra Jefferson finished second in 43.18, while USA Blue with Destiny Carter, Tawanna Meadows, Asha Ruth and Candace Hill was well beaten into third place in 43.71.

In the men's equivalent, USA hit back to relegate Jamaica to third place.

USA Red with Lashon Collins, Justin Gatlin, Tevin Hester and Justin Walker clocked 38.39 seconds for a comfortable victory over USA Blue (38.72) with Blake Smith, Bryce Robinson, Jeff Demps and Romantay McClain.

The Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Tyquendo Tracey, Oshane Bailey and Jevaughn Minzie clocked 39.17 for their third-place finish.

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