MVP athletes shine at Western Relays
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau:MVP Track Club showed fine form at the Milo Western Relays yesterday at the Montego Bay Stadium winning both sprint relays.
Led by former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, in what was his first outing of the 2013 track season, MVP's men clocked 38.06 seconds to win the sprint relay. The other members of the team were Winston Barnes, Nesta Carter and Ramone Hill.
After the race Powell told the Sunday Gleaner he was pleased with his team's performance.
"It was a good race for us; it felt okay on the track and I really enjoyed myself. It was my first race of the season, so I am happy with how I executed in that relay. We are early into our training so times are not the main factor right now, what we want is to execute and perform as best as possible," said Powell, who was flanked at every turn by a throng of young track athletes.
Meanwhile, double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce powered MVP's women to 44.03 seconds and victory in their sprint relay.
Fraser-Pryce received the baton from Aneisha McLaughlin and sped away from the UTech anchor leg runner. UTech clocked 44.55 while Sprint Tech crossed the line third in 44.67.
The Olympic champion said she was also satisfied with her own performance while adding that she was only building for the bigger meets.
"I am glad for the opportunity to run here in Montego Bay; the atmosphere was great. I am feeling good about my performance this early in the season in what is just my second race of the year," said Fraser-Pryce.
The Class One boys 4x100m was won by Kingston College in 40.28, bettering last year's time of 40.30 set by Green Island High School. The Hanover-based school finished yesterday in 40.37.