Big final day for Jamaican athletes at Penn elays

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jamaica-win-at-penn-relays.jpgJamaica's senior athletes, college students and high school boys came up big as the curtains came down on the 121st staging of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

The senior athletes copped 2 USA vs Rest of the World titles while the country's top high school boys and colleges including Calabar, St. Elizabeth Technical and the University of Technology secured Championship of America titles.

Jamaica's 4×100 meters team of Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Schillonie Calvert and Nathasha Morrison captured the 4×100 meters for a third year in a row, winning in 43.70 seconds.

The 4×400 meters team of Christine Day, Patricia Hall, Anastacia Le-Roy and Stephanie McPherson fended off the Americans to win in 3:26.58 seconds. The men's 4×100 meters team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Jason Livermore and Asafa Powell had to settle for silver however after clocking 38.88 seconds to finish behind a USA Red team featuring Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Isiah Young and Ryan Bailey (38.68 seconds).

Jamaica finished second behind the USA in both men and women 4×200 meters logging times of 1 minute 21.45 and 1 minute 31.97 seconds respectively.

Meanwhile World Junior 200m bronze medallist Michael O'Hara helped Calabar to the High School Boys' 4×100 Championship of America title. The Calabar quartet of Zandre Blake, O'Hara, Jullane Walker and Seanie Selvin covered the Franklin Field Stadium track in 39.63.

Jamaica took the top four spots with St. Jago 39.89 (Raheem Chambers, Chad Walker, Nathon Allen, Ivan Henry), St. George's College 40.17 (Amoy Brown, Jelani Walker, Akeemo Minott, Joshua Darby) and St. Elizabeth Technical 40.42 (Rohan Cole, Okeen Williams, Hujaye Cornwall, Robin Black).

Clayton Brown, Odaine Lewis and Jullanie Walker were also High School Boys Championship of America winners on Saturday's final day. Brown of Jamaica College (JC) cleared 2.09m to take the boys' high jump title inside the Franklin Field Stadium in Philadelphia. He beat Lushane Wilson of St. Jago 2.06m. In the boys' long jump, Walker and Travis Riley gave Calabar 1-2 with 7.45m and 7.34m respectively.

Odaine Lewis of Cornwall College topped the boys' triple jump with 15.37. JC's Obrien Wasome took second with 15.28m and Campion College's Jordan Scott, third with 15.19m.

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