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Gibson Relays' girls' 4x100m too close to call

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ian Allen/Staff Photographer Natalliah Whyte (left)
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Holmwood celebrates finishing ahead of archrivals Edwin Allen
Edwin Allen's Saqukine Cameron

Class One girls' 4x100m

St Jago, Holmwood set for a cracker

One of the most anticipated races at this year's Gibson/McCook Relays will be the 4x100m for Class One girls, with at least four teams in contention to win the prestigious event.

However, favoured above them all for this race are Holmwood Technical's girls, four very talented sprinters in Sasha Lee Forbes, Chantae Deer, Britney Hew and Kerry Ann Scott.

St Jago High, led by World Juniors 200m finalist and CARIFTA 200m champion, Natalliah Whyte, are also very much in the running.

Whyte has a good support cast in Shanice Reid and Peta Gaye Williams and could win if their passing is on song, with either Carla Rowe or Janeal Brown set to take the other spot.

Veteran track and field analyst Hubert Lawrence thinks this one will be very "close", but says the Whyte factor gives St Jago the advantage.

"Close, it will be very close," he stated. "Holmwood has a fine team; they beat Edwin Allen comfortably at Western Relays. They have Sasha Lee Forbes who was on the World Junior team last year. But St Jago has a good team as well with Natalliah Whyte, and I think she is the difference between the two teams.

A few weeks ago, Deer anchored the Manchester-based Holmwood to victory at the Milo Western Relays, posting 45.68 seconds to beat defending Champs winners Edwin Allen, who clocked 46.06 for second.

St Jago, who competed at the Camperdown Classic the same day, produced 45.78 in winning the event ahead of Wolmer's, 46.29.

Whyte, the top female high-school sprinter, is driving a force for her team, but she will have to rely heavily on the performance of teammates Williams and Reid if they are to come up trumps, and they will need a quality display from their fourth member, more likely to be Carla Rowe.

Edwin Allen and Wolmer's cannot be written off.

Edwin Allen, with the likes of Khamo Farquharson, Saqukine Cameron and Patrice Moody, were not destroyed by Holmwood in their second-place finish at Western Relays.

At the Camperdown Classic, Wolmer's were also not outclassed in their defeat to St Jago, and they will have Shauna Helps in their line-up.

Helps is last year's Class Two 100m girls' champion and so they should not be underrated. If either of the two favourites fail to produce their best on the day, one of these could snatch the gold medal.

- L.S.