KC in record form at Milo Western Relays
Edwin Allen, Hydel High and Holmwood Technical teased each other all day at the 37th staging of the Milo Relays in Montego Bay on Saturday, putting in scintillating performances among the Girls' Champs hopefuls.
It was on a day that saw five records established and a second defeat in as many years for MVP, with multiple Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce running the anchor leg to finish second in 43.79 seconds behind University of Technology (UTech), which clocked 43.67 in the women's 4x100m.
AndrÈ Clarke of G.C. Foster set a record, 52.1, in the men's 400m hurdles open, eclipsing St Elizabeth Technical High School's (STETHS) Okeen Williams' 52.24 that was done last year.
On an afternoon that also saw the Kingston College quartet of Davion Williams, Shanthomoi Brown, Tajay Axable, and Neville Braham erasing their old mark of 45.09 to land the Class Four boys' 4x100m relay in 45.08 seconds, for meet organiser Ray Harvey, it could hardly have been more pleasing.
"We are very pleased with the event this year: the excitement on the track; the duels between MVP and UTech. Then you have KC and STETHS, Hydel, Holmwood and Edwin - it's a great Relays that keeps growing," said Harvey.
The KC boys were followed through the finish line by Wolmer's in 47.63 seconds for second, while Herbert Morrison grabbed third in 47.65.
Other records went to STETHS in the boys 4x800m relay open; KC obliterated the field in the boys' 4x400m in a record 3:10:95, leaving the minor places for STETHS, 3:16:33, and Petersfield High, 3:18:09.
"I don't think we had a bad race. We ran well, but the better team won today. It is just always good to be at this Relays, with the crowd that always supports us here," she said after her MVP sprint relay team was narrowly beaten.
There wasn't much to choose from between Hydel, Edwin Allen and Holmwood.
The big three took turns dominating. Yet, STETHS and Rusea's had spells as well.
Kimiesha Chambers (STETHS) won the Girls 19 and under 100m hurdles, Class One, in 14.5 seconds (hand-timed), with second and third going to Hydel's Samara Spencer, 14.8, and Brittany Kerr, 15.3.
The women's 400m hurdles open was won by Ronda Whyte of Sprintec in 58.3, while the Hydel duo of Shiann Salmon (1:02.1) and Britaney Duncan (1:02:1) clocked a similar time for second and third, respectively.
The girls' 14 and Under 100-metre hurdles Class Two was won by Sidney Marshall of Manchester in 14.8, with Hydel's Britanni Thompson second in 14.9 and Patrice Watson of Manchester third in 15.1.
MVP turned the tables on UTech in the women's 4x400m relay, winning the night's penultimate race in a sizzling record run of 3:30:87, to wipe away the previous mark set in 2013 by UTech, which finished second 3:31:02. Sprintec placed third in 3:38:21.
UTech barely missed the record in the 4x400m relay for men, after crossing the finish line in 3:09:99, with Sprintec (3:10:19) second and UTech Track Club third in 3:10:67.