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Local colleges give respectable Penns showings

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:00 AM

WHILE most attention from a local standpoint was on the high school teams at the Penn Relays which ended on Saturday in Philadelphia, it was also on outstanding performances from local college teams in both individual and relay events.

Over the past few years, the University of Technology took the fight to their American counterparts, winning several championship events, but this time around, pride of place went to the St Catherine based GC FOSTER College, that had their best ever result at the Carnival. The Maurice Wilson coached team walked away with two Championship of America titles, winning the Sprint Medley and the 4x 100m relays.

Despite not even being placed among the seeded teams in the Men's Sprint Medley finals on Friday, GC won their Heat in 3:16.15 to have the fastest time overall. There was drama, as Penn State, who won the sedeed heat, saw their members celebrating and were ready to go to the podium to collect their plaque and watches but had to retreat after finding out that their winning time of 3:17.40 was much slower than GC Foster's.

GC Foster had their biggest moment on Saturday's final day as their male quartet of Colin King, Everton Clarke, Romario Williams and Chaddick Hinds sped to victory in the Men's 4x 100m in 38.94 seconds, taking some big scalps, as Oregon was second in 39.10 seconds and Auburn third in 39.12 seconds.

They also had a second place finish in the Men's 4x 200m in 1:21.55, as Houston won in 1:21.17.

There was another top three finish in the championships for another Jamaican team in the male division, as Mico University College, appearing on this big stage for the first time, left the meet in fine style. Competing in the final event on Saturday night, the team from Marescaux Road, which got a lot of support from the Jamaican fans inside the Franklin Field Stadium, ran their hearts out, finishing a close third in the 4x 400m in 3:05.76, behind winners Auburn 3:05.19 and Penn State 3:05.69. Auburn was pushed to victory by 2015 Issa Boy's Class one 400m champion Akeem Bloomfield, formerly of Kingston College, who ran a relay split of 44.85 seconds, and Nathan Allen, the silver medallist then at St Jago, who ran the anchor leg for Auburn. The members of the history making Mico team, were Javere Bell, Marco Doodnauthsing, Omar Thompson and Jamari Rose.

The University of Technology (Utech) had the best showing in the Relays among females locally, as they finished third in the 4x 400m in 3:32.6, behind winners Oregon 3:24.72, and Oklahoma second in 3:31.90.

BEST SHOWING

The University of West Indies' male team also had a consolation victory ,winning the College 4x100m in 39.96 seconds.

Utech's Ronald Levy had the best individual showing, as he continued his fine form this season in the 110m hurdles. He showed that his win in the event over Olympian Hansle Parchment two weeks ago was no fluke, as he captured the College Championships of America event in 13.33 seconds.

Levy's teammate Michael Campbell was second in the men's College Championships 100m in a wind aided 10.09 seconds while GC Foster College's, Marzel Miller had a third place in the 400m hurdles in 51.32 seconds.

The University of the West Indies's Carlington Moulton was victorious in the consolation high jump finals for College Men, after clearing the bar at 2.12m.

-R.G.