Edwin Allen High School gave a sneak peek of their firepower at Saturday’s (26 Feb) 45th Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium with an impressive display.
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The Frankfield-based institution during the opening event, the 4x100m for class 1 girls, drew everyone’s attention. The quartet comprising the Clayton twins (Tina and Tia), Brandy Hall and Serena Cole demonstrated the true meaning of social distancing when they sped to a world-leading 43.37 seconds. The time is also the fourth-fastest time in history at the U20 level.
The team coached by Michael Dyke continued its rich streak by winning three more relays under wet conditions – the open 4x200m, the class four 4x100m and 4x800m open.
Hydel High was impressionable too. They won the class two girls 4x100m in 44.62 seconds and 4x400m by a country mile in 3:33.76, followed by Edwin Allen almost eight seconds adrift in 3:41.66.
The Gibson McCook Relays boys’ section was a ding-dong affair with the main protagonists. Jamaica College, Kingston College, Calabar and St. Jago High shared the spoils.
In the class one 4x100m, St. Jago High (40.26) running out of lane eight upstaged Jamaica College (40.40) in an exciting finish triggered by the animated gesture of the St. Jago runner on anchor as he whizzed the Jamaica College athlete, who was in disbelief.
The Monk Street boys showed that they were a clear and present danger as they returned to capture the class three boys 4x200m in 1:36.11 and brought the curtains down with a truly magical victory in the 4x400m open in 3:10.48.
Kingston College won the 4x100m sprint relays in classes three and four. The North Street School also looked impressive, cruising to victory in class two in 1:28.53.
Calabar’s class two 4x100m quartet ensured the Red Hills road institution did not go home empty-handed when they edged a spirited Kingston College in a thrilling finish 42.19 to 42.26 seconds.
Jamaica College showed their prowess with memorable victories in the 1600m sprint medley in 3:30.83 and 4x800m open in a new Gibson McCook Relays record, 7:24.30, to which they received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.
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