Brilliant Calabar capture two relay titles at Penns
FRANKLIN FIELD, Pennsylvania:
Calabar High stole the high school spotlight on yesterday's final day of competition at the 2015 Penn Relays inside the Franklin Field Stadium.
The Red Hills Road-based school, with the reinstated Michael O'Hara in the line-up, captured the 4x100 meters in record time and later added the 4x400 metres.
O'Hara ran a brilliant second leg as Calabar clocked 39.63 seconds in the sprint relay and in the process erased Jamaica College's one-year-old mark of 39.72.
Jamaican teams grabbed the top four spots as St Jago High bagged second in 39.89 ahead of St George's College (40.17) and St. Elizabeth Technical (40.42).
Kingston College, the fastest qualifiers for the final, failed to finish after Akeem Bloomfield suffered from a hamstring strain.
O'Hara ran the final leg as Calabar posted a runaway win in the 4x400m. They clocked 3:09.87 to defeat JC (3.11.23) and St Elizabeth Technical , 3:12.71. Excelsior were sixth in 3:15.74 and Petersfield seventh in 3:18.18. Anthony Carpenter, Akeem Francis and Renado Wilson were the other members of Calabar's winning team.
"I am happy that I was given the chance to compete at the Penn Relays and was able to play an important role in my team winning," O'Hara said after the 4x100m. Other members of the winning team were Xandre Blake, Julianne Walker and Seanie Selvin.
Walker had double success on the day as he had earlier won the long jump with a leap of 7.45m. His teammate Travis Riley was second with 7.34m as Cornwall College's Alrick Ottey (7.16m) was third.
Clayton Brown of Jamaica College and Odaine Lewis of Cornwall also picked up individual wins. Brown cleared 2.09m to defeat St Jago's Lushane Wilson (2.06m).
Jamaican athletes also dominated the triple jump. Lewis won with 15.37m, JC's Obrien Wasome was second with 15.28m and Jordan Scott of Campion College was third with 15.19m.
St Elizabeth Technical also had a good day. They picked up their seventh win in the 4x800m after stopping the clock at 7:38.38. Kingston College took second in 7:38.54.
St Elizabeth Technical's World Youth 400 metres hurdles champion, Marvin Williams, captured the Championship of America one-lap hurdles event in a good 51.10 seconds, the fourth fastest time ever at the meet. Kingston College's Orlando Smith was fourth in 53.13.