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4x100m Penn Relays record by Edwin Allen?

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Edwin Allen's Kevona Davis.

What do you get when you add the fastest Class Three sprinter of all time to a terrific Class One 4x100 metres team?

With Edwin Allen High School coach Michael Dyke doing the mathematics, the result could be a new record for the Penn Relays 4x100 metres. Word from the inside is that new Class Three 200m record holder Kevona Davis will join Dyke's undefeated Class One unit when Edwin Allen lines up at the Penn Relays on April 27.

Kashieka Cameron, Patrice Moody and Shellece Clarke have handled the first three legs all season, with team captain Khamoy Farquharson on anchor for two early-season wins. Long jumper and sprinter Tania Campbell took over when Farquharson suffered an injury and closed wins at the Gibson McCook Relays, Boys and Girl Championships' and the UTech Classic. With Campbell on anchor, these Frankfield flyers have the fastest high school times of the year, 44.56 at Gibson McCook and 44.50 at Champs.

Davis could take over the anchor leg at Penn since Carifta Under-20 Trials winner Cameron, 2016 Girls' Champs 100 winner Moody and Clarke, a 100m champion in Classes Two, Three and Four, are settled in their established roles.

Davis brings times of 11.43 seconds for the 100 and 23.07 seconds for the 200 - the new Champs Class Three record - to the task. Together, the Cameron-Moody-Clarke-Davis line-up has more than enough speed to reach the 2004 Vere Technical High School record of 44.32 seconds.


If the tall 15-year-old Davis acquits herself well and if the weather is as good as it was when Vere set the existing mark, the record is within reach. According to, the conditions' could favour fast running. On Thursday, when the girls competition begins at Penn, the prediction is for sun with a high temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. On Friday, when the finals are run, the forecast is for a high of 26 degrees Celsius and partly cloudy skies.

There are other teams in the hunt. Holmwood Technical and Hydel High became the second and third teams to break 45 flat in Class Two at Champs and both schools could bolster their line-up.