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Herbert Morrison, STETHS atone

By PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Thursday, May 12, 2011    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — HERBERT Morrison Technical High girls and St Elizabeth Technical boys' 4x100m teams atoned for earlier losses by winning their respective events at last weekend's 8th Jamaica National Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium.

After several near misses and a close loss at the 117th Penn Relays a week earlier, the Claude Grant coached Herbert Morrison team upset Holmwood and Vere Technical to win with a season-best 45.20 seconds.

The inform Ramona Burchell, sped past three others to cross the line first as Holmwood were second in 45.42 seconds and Vere Technical third in 45.47 seconds.

A bad second baton change had resulted in Herbert Morrison finishing third at the Penn Relays and on Saturday CAC Junior Under-20 100m champion Seidatha Palmer replaced Daniella Kerr and ran the second leg.

Keja Christie led the team handing to Palmer while Keniesha Stephens ran the third leg.

Palmer, the anchor leg runner for the Herbert Morrison Class 1 team at the Gibson Relays fell mere feet from the finish line as Holmwood went on to win. Injury then forced her to miss Girls Champs and the Penn Relays.

Tafari Green replaced Carifta Games Under-20 200m finalist Kemarley Brown and ran the first leg for STETHS. He teamed with Andrew Fisher, Ronell Derr and Chadic Hinds to run a meet record 39.99 seconds, beating Penn Relays champions Wolmers Boys- 40.04 seconds and Jamaica College- 40.32 seconds.

The old record was 40.27 seconds set by Camperdown High last year.

Hinds produced a brilliant anchor leg as he took the baton from Derr in third place well behind the Wolmers anchor leg runner Yannick Hoyte but ran past him easily.

After winning at Western Relays, Western Champs and Gibson Relays, STETHS were beaten at Boys Champs by Munro College followed by a disappointing fifth at the Penn Relays.

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