Penn Relays: Jamaican women take USA vs The World 4x100m win
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
The Jamaicans won the women’s 4x100m and came close in the men’s 4x100m, but the USA came out on top in the USA vs The Rest of the World series at the 2014 Penn Relays today.
In the women’s 4x100m, the Jamaican team of Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart, Anneisha McLaughlin and Thrisha-Ann Hawthorne stopped the clock at 42.81, to take the win ahead of the USA, 43.15, with Trinidad and Tobago running third in 43.53.
It went down to the last stride in the men’s 4x100m as Oshane Bailey failed to get the better of Walter Dix, as the Americans came away with a close 38.57 to 38.58 win over the Jamaicans, which also had Jason Livermore, Michael Frater and Rasheed Dwyer in their ranks.
Brazil finished third with a time of 38.94.
There was more disappointment for Jamaica in the women’s sprint medley relay, as the USA’s Ajee Wilson registered a 1:59.60 split on the 800m leg to get the better of Jamaica’s Natoya Goule (2:01.36), despite the former Manchester High school athlete enjoying a 40m lead at one stage.
In the end it was the Americans who were celebrating with a time of 3:37.94, with the Jamaicans (Natasha Morrison, Annastasia Le-Roy, Patricia Hall) finishing second in 3:38.41. A Caribbean All-Stars team took third place in a time of 3:46.95.
The USA, 3:25.62, also took the women’s 4x400m as Jamaica, 3:27.32, faded to third place with Nigeria taking second place in 3:27.16.
Jamaica placed fourth in the men 4x400m, in 3:04.99 with The Bahamas winning in a time of 3:00.78 and the USA taking second in 3:03.31. Brazil, 3:03.32 finished third.
In the High School boys championship of America 4x100m event, Jamaica College registered a new Penn Relays record, winning in 39.72 ahead of Calabar, 39.85 and St Jago, 40.23.
The University of Technology also found their way on the winner’s stand, successfully defending their College Men’s 4x100m with a time of 38.71 – the second fastest time in Penn Relays history, with Louisiana State taking second in 38.83 and St Augustine’s taking third in 39.19.
Christoff Bryan returned to winning ways following a surprise defeat at the recent Carifta Games by taking the High School Boys championships high jump at the 120th Penn Relays inside Franklin Field today.
Bryan cleared 2.12m to finish better than Springfield's Chris Stone and Calabar's Jabari Fairclough, who both cleared 2.03m
Earlier, Jaheel Hyde (Wolmer’s) starred in the High School Bys 400m hurdles, winning in 51.13 ahead of countryman and World Youth champion Marvin Williams (STETHS), 51.49, with Mount Vernon’s Rai Benjamin, 52.72.