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Racers scorches MVP in the rain

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

It rained throughout, but there was blazing heat on the track as Usain Bolt and his Racers Track Club teammates made a strong statement inside the National Stadium yesterday evening, running away with the Clubs and Institutions 4x100m relay at the fifth University of Technology (UTech) Track and Field Classics in a meet record, 37.82 seconds.

The Racers lineup, in running order was Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Kimmari Roach and Bolt, while the MVP team, in running order, was Dwain Chambers, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Powell.

Bolt, who was making his first appearance on a track this season, admitted to feeling a bit nervous before the event, but reported that he is in good health and a bit more confident heading into the rest of the season.

"I am always nervous before my first run, even when I do well in training, so for me to get this out of the way it gives a bit of confidence going forward," Bolt told The Sunday Gleaner.

"I felt alright, comfortable, smooth, not as smooth as I would normally feel, but I have a few months to get ready and a lot more running to go, so I look forward to getting better," Bolt added.

extended his team lead

The double Olympic champion and world-record holder received the baton a couple strides ahead of former 100m world-record holder, Asafa Powell, on the anchor leg and extended his team's lead.

Powell took the baton across the finish line in 38.27, which was also within the old record mark of 38.47 (MVP 2009). UTech placed third in 38.99.

Powell rued the loss and was hoping to get a fair shot at Bolt, but is looking at the brighter side after finishing in good health.

"My legs feel OK, I just wanted to get to the finish line," Powell said. "I wanted the baton a bit closer to Usain (Bolt), but that didn't happen. But it was a good test run and I am happy that I got through the race."

With a steady shower sending a slight chill over the stadium, things actually got heated on the track in the high school boys 4x100m, as Jamaica College sent a warning shot ahead of the Penn Relays with an impressive 40.65 run ahead of last year's winners in Pennsylvania, Wolmer's, 40.76, and a fast-finishing Herbert Morrison, 40.77.

Edwin Allen, were the fastest in the high schools girls' 4x100m, winning in 45.86, ahead of St Jago, 46.34, and Herbert Morrison, 46.37.

Josef Robertson took the men's 400m hurdles in 51.05 ahead of Javarn Gallimore, 52.35, and Shavon Barnes, 52.40.

A mix-up on the last baton exchange cost Hydel in the Primary and Prep School girls' 4x100m, allowing their rivals Vaz to run away with the event in a time of 54.08, ahead of New Providence, 54.25, and Harbour View, 55.19.

It was sweet revenge, however, in the boys' event as Hydel stamped their class with a powerful 50.35 win ahead of Vaz, which stopped the clock at 53.60 and New Providence, 55.13.