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St Catherine's triumph over adversity

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2015 | 4:11 PMHubert Lawrence

Sunday Gleaner Writer

FRANKLIN FIELD, Philadelphia

When St Catherine High School won the Penn Relays 4x100 metres Girls' Small Schools final on Friday, it wasn't just a win on the track. According to coach Marlon James, it was a triumph over adversity. He dedicated the win to the late Janice Gaynor-Brown, one of the team's major motivators.

Mrs Brown passed on late in 2014 and the coach said, "It was very emotional for all of us." Continuing he said, "We did it for Janice Gaynor-Brown." Mrs Brown's husband is the team's manager Paul.

He thanked St Catherine principal Marlon Campbell and Brown for their stewardship and complimented the girls for their hard work and dedication. Despite cold temperatures, Sashanie Williams, Carmelita Griffiths, Girls Championships Class Three 400m champion Anna-Kay Allen and Shain Hyde connected for a win in 46.89 seconds.

"Sashanie Williams did very well", he recounted. "She came off the corner, made a great pass to Carmelita, and of course she did the job", he said, reliving the moment. With Allen on the third leg, it was all over.

This isn't this group's only show of relay prowess. At the Gibson-McCook Relays, they stormed to second place in the 4x200 metres in one minute 36.97 seconds.