Brilliant Edwin Allen! - Two three-peats for Clarendon-based girls
Edwin Allen High's girls were brilliant on yesterday's penultimate day of competition at the 122nd renewal of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia yesterday.
The Clarendon-based school had two three-peats as they captured the 4x100m and 4x400m for the third consecutive year at the prestigious relay carnival.
Unlike Thursday's opening day when it was very cold, things warmed up yesterday and this lifted the performances.
Despite coming into the finals of the 4x100 metres as the second-fastest qualifiers behind Holmwood Technical, Edwin Allen had few problems in achieving victory. They shrugged off early pressure from first-time finalists St Catherine High on the first two legs. Then the classy Shellece Clarke on the third leg put her team into the lead. Khamoy Farquharson on anchor then coasted home as Edwin Allen clocked to win in 45.73 seconds. St Catherine finished second in 46.11, with Nansemond River out of Virginia third in 46.26. Holmwood were fifth in 46.66 and Green Island seventh in 47.85.
The other members of the winning Edwin Allen team were Kasheika Cameron and Patrice Moodie.
Coach Dyke hailed his girls as before the race, he had told them that winning was the main focus.
"Based on the preliminary round, we were very confident of victory, and with the type of weather, I told the girls that our main focus was just to win. The time was not important as the objective was for them to get on top of the podium," said Dyke, who added that his young team could win the event for another three years.
UNDERDOGS IN RELAYS
After a quiet season, Dyke finally showed his hand in the 4x400 metres. They came to the Relays as underdogs despite retaining three members of last year's winning team as St Elizabeth Technical, with the hot Junelle Bloomfield on their team, were howling favourites to bring home their first title in the event.
However, Dyke silenced the very overconfident St Elizabeth Technical. It was a plucky Holmwood Technical who gave them much to worry about. Holmwood, the record holders in the event, looked like pulling off a win, but their outstanding Ashley Williams fell on the anchor leg and Edwin Allen went on to win in 3:40.88. St Elizabeth Technical was second in 3:41.17, with Union Catholic out of New Jersey third in 3:42.59. Unlucky, Holmwood ended at the back of the field in 4:03.74.
Shannon Kalawan, who ran the third leg for her team, was delighted with the win.
"We came to Penn Relays as underdogs, but we were very confident that we would have won. I am extremely happy that I played my part by giving the team the lead, and it was good to be on the podium for the second time on the day, and I want to give God thanks for this," said Kalawan, who finished second in the 400 metres hurdles on Thursday's opening day. The other members of the team were Joneil Moore and Davia Smith.