Penn Relays 2017 - Edwin Allen's McDonald wins 400m hurdles
Edwin Allen High got off to a perfect start at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this morning when Gabrielle McDonald captured the Championship of America 400 metres hurdles in 58.65 seconds.
The fast starting McDonald led all the way to post a commanding victory ahead of Lauren Hoffman of Battlefield, Virginia who clocked 59.69.
"Good start for us and this should be a morale booster for the remainder of the meet," said Michael Dyke, head coach of Edwin Allen.
Several other Jamaicans were in action in the collegiate women's 400m hurdles. Former Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) athlete, Sashel Brown, now a senior at the University of Auburn, finished second in 57.47 behind Tia-Adana Belle of St Augustine College who won in 56.26.
Former Vere Technical and St Jago High hurdler Andrenette Knight, now competing for San Diego State was fourth in 58.44 while Shannon Kalawan of the University of Technology was fifth in 58.83.