Athletics

Jamaican schools dominate final day of Penn Ralays

Members of the Calabar High 4x100m team (from left) Juliane Walker, Zandre Blake, Michael
O’Hara and Seanie Selvin hold aloft the Penn Relays plaque after their championship victory
yesterday. (PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF TEAM JAMAICA BICKLE, VMBS, SUPREME
VENTURES AND DIGICEL)

PHILADELPHIA, United States — Jamaica's high school boys jumpers swept all three events on yesterday's final day of the 121st Penn Relays Carnival here at a sun-bathed Franklin Field. After two days of cold and overcast conditions, it was a welcome relief for the 48,920 spectators who packed ... Read More

St Elizabeth Technical’s Marvin Williams captures the 400m hurdles High School
Championship in 51.10 seconds. (PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF TEAM
JAMAICA BICKLE, VMBS, SUPREME VENTURES AND DIGICEL) O’Hara sparks Calabar double
PHILADELPHIA, United States — Super athlete Michael O'Hara led Calabar to two High School Cham ... Read More

By Dr Rachael IRVING Jamaica should get some of the US$2.7 million generated yearly at Penn Relays
FOR decades high schools and colleges in the United States have restricted compensation for students ... Read More

Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown soars over the 2.09-metre mark to win
the high school boys high jump event at the Penn Relays. (PHOTOS: COLLIN
REID COURTESY OF TEAM JAMAICA BICKLE, VMBS, SUPREME VENTURES
AND DIGICEL) Picture of the day
Jamaica College's Clayton Brown soars over the 2.09-metre mark to win the high school boys high jump ... Read More

O'Hara eligible!

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Friday, April 24, 2015    

O’HARA... contract with
Digicel nullified

PHILADELPHIA, United States — Calabar High star sprinter Michael O'Hara was declared eligible to participate at Penn Relays by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), but only after he opted out of his contract with telecoms firm Digicel. Dave Johnson, director of Penn Relays, said O'Hara had two choices. "PIAA pointed out that there were two remedies for this situation. That Mr O'Hara could run as a professional without damage here because we would have had a lane ... Read More

Ja athletes begin to make waves at Penn Relays

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, April 24, 2015    

Paula-Ann Gayle of Edwin Allen

PHILADELPHIA, United States — Edwin Allen High look well set to defend their two Championships of Americas titles on today's second day of the 121st staging of the Penn Relays carnival here at Franklin Field. On one of the coldest days at the meet in years, the Michael Dyke-coached team led the qualifiers in both events and headed a bevy of Jamaican teams into the finals. Holmwood Technical qualified for three Championships of Americas finals, the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800; Vere Technica ... Read More

Chilly weather takes centre stage at Penn Relays

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Rushell Clayton of UWI on her way to winning the College
Women’s 400m hurdles race at Penn Relays yesterday.
(PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF TEAM JAMAICA
BICKLE, VMBS, SUPREME VENTURES AND DIGICEL)

YESTERDAY started quite early for me. I jumped out of bed at 5:00 am to catch the Team Jamaica Bickle shuttle service at 6:00 am for the approximate 35-minute ride to the University of Pennsylvania. It was traffic-free at that time, but we were told that had we left 10 minutes later, the trip would have lasted anywhere between one to two hours instead. Team Bickle provided breakfast consisting of hot chocolate, eggs, callaloo, dumplings and bread for the hundreds of athletes, coaches and offici ... Read More

Clayton creates history for UWI

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Rushell Clayton of UWI on her way to winning the College
Women’s 400m hurdles race at Penn Relays yesterday.
(PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF TEAM JAMAICA
BICKLE, VMBS, SUPREME VENTURES AND DIGICEL)

PHILADELPHIA, United States -- Rushell Clayton of UWI scored a historic win in the College Women's 400m hurdles at the 121st Penn Relays yesterday, becoming the first person from the Mona-based institution to win the intermediate hurdles here under bitterly cold conditions. Clayton clocked 57.81 seconds to best the large field, and later told the Jamaica Observer she was pleased with the time, given conditions. "It was hard out there, it was very cold and I am pleased with my performance," sai ... Read More

Penns Picture of the Day

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Tamara Moncrieff of Holmwood (left) and Shanice Lewis of Edwin Allen pose after
winning the long jump and triple jump events, respectively, at the Penn Relays
Championships yesterday. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

Tamara Moncrieff of Holmwood (left) and Shanice Lewis of Edwin Allen pose after winning the long jump and triple jump events, respectively, at the Penn Relays Championships yesterday. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Read More

CIBC FirstCaribbean supports Penn Relays teams

Friday, April 24, 2015    

CIBC First Caribbean managing director Nigel Holness (left) greets
Wolmer’s team coach Christopher Harley (right), while looking on are
Kiara Grant (second left) and Michaelia Jonas (2nd right) of Convent of
Mercy Alpha and Nicole Sweeney of Ardenne High.

ELEVEN local school teams are participating at the annual Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA, confident that their nutritional needs are well taken care of. Continuing their tradition of providing support for Jamaica's participation in Penn Relays, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank presented sponsor-ship cheques to eleven schools this year, with particular emphasis on their nutrition. CIBC FirstCaribbean supports Penn Relays teams --> Read More

J'cans ready to leave mark on Penns

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

WHYTE... an integral part of the St Jago girls’ relay
teams

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- A myriad of Jamaican teams and fans are expecting to make their presence felt as the 121st staging of the prestigious Penn Relays runs off today here at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Action is set to start at 10.00 am (9:00 am Jamaican time) with the College Women's 400-metre hurdles Championship in which Janieve Russell of University of Technology (UTech), Rushell Clayton of University of the West Indies (UWI) and GC Foster College's Ron ... Read More

Sagicor increases sponsorship of Primary Championships

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Doran Dixon (left), president of JTA, accepts the symbolic cheque from Latoya Mayhew-Kerr (centre), vice-president,
Employee Benefits Administrator at Sagicor Group Jamaica, and Renee Graham, brand manager, Sagicor Life, at the
launch of the JTA/Sagicor National Primary Schools Athletics Championships at the JTA’s headquarters on Church Street
yesterday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE official launch of the 32nd staging of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Primary Schools Athletics Championships took place yesterday with the title sponsors handing over a $5-million cheque to the organisers. This year's sponsorship represents a $500,000 increase for the prestigious two-day meet, which is scheduled for May 15 and 16 at the National Stadium. The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Co-operative Credit Union also invested over $1.3 million to the event. ... Read More

Petersfield makes Penn debut

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Petersfield High School’s Glenford Watson prepares to throw the discus. (File Photo)

PHILADELPHIA, USA - Petersfield High school is the latest school from western Jamaica to make the first appearance at the prestigious Penn Relays carnival in Philadelphia. The Westmoreland- based school which has one of the most improved track and field programmes in the country, will be among the 37 Jamaican high schools -- seven from western Jamaica-participating in the three day carnival. St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS), Munro College, Cornwall College, Herbert Morrison Technical, Ruse ... Read More

The genesis of Ja's exploits at Penn Relays

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

THE city of Philadelphia will be abuzz with excitement as the Penn Relays really gets into high gear today with Jamaica's high schools, universities and track clubs taking to the track inside Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. Hundreds of Jamaican athletes, despite running in their respective school colours, are ultimately representing the black, green and gold of the small island of Jamaica. The annual relay carnival, in its 121st year, is a must on the track and field calendar. ... Read More



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