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Calabar eye triple at Relays

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Kingston College's Dashan Morris (left) receives the baton from Yashawn Hamilton in the sprint relay heats bat the Penn Relays yesterday.
Calabar High's DeJour Russell (left) is off after receiving the baton from Michael Stephens at the Penn Relays yesterday. Calabar won the 4x100 metres heat in 39.98 seconds.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania

The focus will be on the high school boys' teams on today's final day of competition at the Penn Relays.

All eyes will be on Calabar High today as they will be seeking a triple with their 4x100 metres team well set to create history. The record here is 39.63 seconds, jointly held by themselves and Kingston College but following their easy looking 39.98 in the preliminary round ,the quartet of Tyreke Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens and DeJour Russell, could go sub 39 seconds. With the weather great so far there could be ideal conditions for them to create history.

The final is slated for 12:50 p.m. (Jamaica time). Five other Jamaican teams will face the starter including defending champions Kingston College, the second fastest qualifiers following their 40.29 seconds in winning their heat and they will have to defend their title without top man Jhevaughn Matherson. Other Jamaican teams in the final are Jamaica College, Excelsior High, Cornwall College and Munro College.

The 4x800m final set for 3 p.m. (Ja time) should be very exciting as there are no clear favourites. Defending champions St Jago, St Elizabeth Technical, Calabar and Kingston College will carry the fight for local high schools.

Competition will start very early this morning with the high school boys 400m hurdles final slated for 7 a.m. The field includes St Jago's Timor Barrett the number one seed in the event. Also down for the event are Coy Spence, also of St Jago, Aykeeme Francis and Malik James Smith of Calabar. Malik Smith of Jamaica College and Rovane Williams of Rhodes Hall .

Teams will also be seeking spots in the 4x 400m final slated for later today. The preliminary round will begin at 8:10 (Ja time) but the first set of teams from Jamaica will take the track at 10:10 am with Holmwood Technical, Wolmer's Boys and Manchester High the first to take to the track. Favourites Calabar High will run at 10:30 am while other Jamaican teams down to compete are Kingston College, St Jago, Dinthill Technical and St . ElizabethTechnical.