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Edwin Allen target Penns double

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

DOUBLE defending champions Edwin Allen High School are among several teams that will leave the island this morning to compete at the Penn Relays, to be held at the Franklin Field Stadium in Philadelphia, starting tomorrow and ending on Saturday.

Edwin Allen will be defending their 4x100 and 4x400 metres relay titles.

Head coach of the team that also retained their girl's title at last month's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls' Championships, Michael Dyke, is very confident that they will be successful once again

There are expectations of a very strong challenge from St Jago High's girls' team, which will be going into the Penn Relays with the fastest times in both the 4x100m and 4x400m.

"I am extremely confident that we will retain our title as I am very pleased with what I've seen from the girls over the past two weeks in training, and despite not being favourites to retain our title, I am extremely confident," said Dyke, who believes his team will relish the cold conditions in Philadelphia.

"I am learning that the conditions at Penns will be much colder than last year, but we are prepared for that; and we are not focusing on any teams as once the girls do what they have to do, they will be successful," he continued.

Unlike previous years, the champion coach said they will not be contesting the 4x800 metres relays.

"We have a very young set of girls here and we want to dominate this event for a long period; and we do not want them to compete so early as we want them to use up their full four years' eligibility," said Dyke.

Besides Edwin Allen, the St Jago, Holmwood Technical and St Elizabeth Technical High School female teams are also set to depart today.