Photo: UTech’s Andrew Fisher was named College Men’s Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events
The 2015 staging of the annual Penn Relay carnival inside the University of Pennsylvania Stadium Philadelphia is now history, as the curtain came rolling down on another great championship for several Jamaican high school individuals and relay teams as well as Collegiate teams.
Several of the nation’s top girl’s team did well, but the 2015 Girls Champions, Edwin Allen High School, excelled above them all. The Frankfield based institution copped two Championship of Americas titles; 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
The team of Aaliyah Hopkins, Patrice Moody, Saqukine Cameron, Shellece Clark clocked a fast 45.40 to defend their crown, making it title number three in the 4x100m. St. Jago 45.86, Holmwood Technical 45.94 and Wolmer’s Girls 46.63 completed the top four spots.
Cameron later returned to team up with Davia Smith (56.3), Janiel Moore (55.1), Shannon Kalawan (55.10), to secure the 4×400 Championship of America relay in 3:40.41.
Cameron was named High School Girls’ Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events.
Holmwood Technical was once again on the winner’s podium after they secured the Championship of America 4×800 relay. The team Shaniekie Watson (2:17.56), Chrissiani May (2:12.95), Britney Campbell (2:19.95) and Lisa Buchanan (2:10.87) crossed the finish line in 9:01.31 seconds for victory.
The other Jamaican High school team Vere Technical out of Clarendon, finished third in 9:13.06 seconds.
Junelle Broomfield of St. Elizabeth Technical won the High school girls 400m hurdles in 1:00.80 seconds.
In the field, Holmwood Technical Tamara Moncriefe won the Triple jump for High school with record equaling mark of 13.36m. Shanique Wright of Manchester High was second in 12.87m.
Edwin Allen got the quenelle in the Girls long jump with Shanice lewis, 6.11m finishing ahead of teammate Danique Bryan 6.00m.
Paula Ann Gayle won the Girls Discuss event in personal best of 51.96m ahead of Excelsior’s Shanice Love 50.44m.
Rushell Clayton of UWI Mona, won the College Women’s 400M Hurdles Championship in 57.81
It was double success for the Michael Clarke coached Boys, as they wrapped up the sprint and mile relays. The team of Zandre Blake, Michael Ohara, Jullanie Walker, Seanie Selvin won the High School Boys Championship of America 4×100 in a record time of 39.63 seconds. The second spot went to St. Jago 39.89 with St. Georges College third in 40.17 seconds.
O’Hara (46.68) later teamed up with Anthony Carpenter (50.4), Aykeeme Francis (46.3), Renado Wilson (46.57) to secure the 4×400 in 3:09.97 seconds to win a second gold medal. Jamaica College’s team of Shemar Walker (49.5), Shawndail Mclaren (46.6), Owayne Russell (48.02), Devaughn Baker (47.06) was second in 3:11.23. St. Elizabeth Technical with lead man Marvin Williams (49.0), Okeen Williams (47.0), Robin Black (48.08), Leonardo Ledgister (48.64) was third in 3:12.71 seconds.
Michael O’Hara was voted High School Boys’ Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events
It was fierce battle between St. Elizabeth Technical and Kingston College in the High Schools Championship of America 4 x 800 relay.
The team of Romario Guthrie (1:56.86), Paul Tate (1:52.84), Shemar Salmon (1:56.51), Jauavney James (1:52.18) held on to win in 7:38.38 seconds ahead of the quartet of Miguel Morrison (1:56.35), Chad Miller (1:54.37), Delano Rochester (1:55.13), Twayne Crooks (1:52.71) who came home second in 7:38.54
There was more success for St. Elizabeth Tech as Marvin Williams was named High School Boys’ Athlete of the Meet for Individual Events for his victory in the 400 Hurdles with the time of 51.11, the 4th fastest ever run at the Relays.
In the field, Jamaican schools had huge success which came through; Julanie Walker Calabar, 7.45m (Long Jump Championship), Odaine Lewis, Cornwall College 15.37m ( Boys’ Triple Jump Championship), and Clayton Brown Jamaica College 2.09m (Boys’ High Jump Championship).
University of Technology was a double winner in the male sprint relays. The team of Andrew Fisher, Julian Forte, Kemarley Brown, Tyquendo Tracey won the 4×100 in 39.27 seconds. This team beat the Racers Track Club team, that included Usain Bolt, earlier this year. UTech returned to capture the 4x200m relays with the team of Andrew Fisher, Kemarly Brown, Kavean Smith, Julian Forte 1:20.97 seconds. G.C. Foster with the quartet of Collin King, Brandon Tomlinson, Chadic Hinds, Demish Gaye was second in 1:23.02 seconds
Andrew Fisher was named College Men’s Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events
After a disappointed no showing in 4×100 relay for college women, UTech returned with a team of Shimayra Williams, Chanice Bonner, Elaine Thomposn, Shericka Jackson to win the 4x200m relay finals in 1:30.80 ahead of the Texas A&M team 1:31.
G.C. Foster team of Kedeisha Dallas, Audra Segree, Samantha Curtis, Rhonda Whyte was 5th in 1:34.63 seconds.
The 4×400 Championship relay saw Texas Am 3:29.46 turning the tables on UTech 3:31.34, with 6 G.C. Foster the lone Jamaican representative in the male equivalent was 6th in 3:09.98 seconds.
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