Edwin Allen signal intent with sweep of five of seven relays at Milo Western Relays

By Paul A Reid
Observer writer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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ANGELS, St Catherine — Reigning national high school champions Edwin Allen High sent a signal they will be covering all their bases come the ISSA Championships next month after winning five of the seven relays including sweeping all the sprint events at Saturday's 41st staging of the Milo Western Relays held at G C Foster Sports College in Angels, St Catherine.

On a day that started under cool conditions but turned into rain before the sun came back out later in the day, nine records were broken — highlighted by a scintillating 43.94 seconds by the Edwin Allen Class Two girls' 4x100m relay team.

The team of Brandy Hall, Kevona Davis, Salecia Myles and Brittany Bridge smashed the old record of 45.00 seconds set in 2012 by another Edwin Allen quartet.

Holmwood Technical, who were second, were also under the old mark with 44.71 seconds.

Edwin Allen won the Class One 4x100m relay in 45.29 seconds, the Class Three in 44.85 seconds, and Class Four in 48.64 seconds.

Michael Dyke, the Edwin Allen head coach, told the Jamaica Observer he was not surprised by the success in the relays. “We came expecting to do well especially in the relays as we had been preparing for the meet, but not all the teams were at full strength. but I think it was a good result for us overall and a morale-booster for Gibson Relays and later on in the year.”

He described the time run by the Class Two team as “very amazing”, and said “this is still only February and this will keep people waiting to see what will come later in the season”.

Edwin Allen's Janique Burger, who was winning the event for a third-straight year, set a new record in the girls' high jump, clearing a personal best 1.85m and beating the old mark of 1.80m held jointly by Kimberly Williamson and Petagay Reid.

The MVP women's 4x100m team also lowered their own record, Kingston College rewrote the record books in two events — the high school boys' 4x400m and 4x800m Open relays, while Sprintec broke the record in the Clubs/Institutions men's 4x400m.

Both 800m Open records were also lowered while one new mark was set by Team Rocket in the prep girls' section.

The MVP team of Shamara Williams, Elaine Thompson, Srabandi Nanda and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked a World-leading 43.23 seconds to win the 4x100m, beating the 43.31 seconds they set in 2016.

Sprintec men's team won the clubs' 4x100m in 39.21 seconds, holding off the MVP team anchored by Asafa Powell and led off by Nesta Carter.

Kingston College clocked seven minutes 38.64 seconds to win the 4x800m, ahead of Jamaica College's 7:39.57 minutes — both under the 7:41.44 minutes established by St Elizabeth Technical three years ago.

Kingston College returned later to break the Mile Relays record with a time of 3:10.29 minutes, under the 3:10.95 minutes that another Kingston College team had run in 2015.

The Sprintec men's 4x400m team ran 3:06.45 minutes to beat the three-year-old record of 3:07.17 set by a G C Foster team.

Spot Valley High's Tyrese Reid broke his own 800m record established last year when he ran 1:53.20 minutes, under the 1:54.82 minutes that he ran last year, the first time the event was contested.

Edwin Allen's Abigail Pinnock won the 800m girls' Open in 2:16.53 minutes, almost four seconds better than the 2:21.10 minutes set by Tara Bert of Petersfield High last year.

Team Rocket's 54.10 seconds in the girls' prep school 4x100m was just under the 54.15 seconds set by Hydel Prep in 2014.

Holmwood Technical won two relay events — the high school girls' 4x400m in a smart 3:37.81 minutes, well ahead of Edwin Allen, and the 4x200m in 1:35.80 minutes.

Meanwhile, Kingston College's IAAF World Under-20 Championships bronze medallist Wayne Pinnock won the boys' open long jump with a mark of 7.86m, on his final attempt, to beat Ramone Bailey's 7.80m, with Emmanuel Archibald's 7.79m good for third place.

Edwin Allen's Ackelia Smith won the girls' Open long jump with the only mark over 6.00m when she landed at 6.03m, while UWI Mona's Carlington Moulton won the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.10m.

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