MONTEGO BAY, St James — Despite being ravaged with injuries to key runners, Munro College retained their high school boys 4x400m relay title at last week's 118th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Cool weather and intermittent rain affected the athletes for the duration of the three-day meet with most complaining that they were not able to perform up to their best with the numbing cold, especially on Friday's second day.
On Saturday under dark clouds and with a brisk wind a brilliant anchor leg from Delano Williams timed in 45.8 seconds, taking the Munro College team from fourth at the exchange to first by the 250m mark, saw the St Elizabeth school win in 3 minutes 11.91 seconds to make up for dropping the baton in the heats of the 4x100m, a day earlier.
Kingston College was second in 3:13.13 seconds with Lodge of Barbados third in 3:13.67 seconds.
Manchester High was fourth, Boys Champs winners Calabar was fifth and St Elizabeth Technical sixth.
Munro's coach Neil Harrison who raced on to the field after the race to hug his charges, described the win as "sweet, this one is even sweeter than last year."
Harrison told reporters that given the "tribulations" they had to face, the win was more than welcomed.
Munro had to go without three top quarter milers due to injuries and used 800m specialist Herbert Thomas on the third leg replacing Angelo Garland who ran in the heats earlier in the morning. They also switched Williams to the anchor after he ran the second leg in the heats.
Kaneil Harrison, Rolando Reid and Patrick Campbell were all nursing injuries and Harrison said he would rather lose than causing any further aggravation to the athletes.
Ifeanyi Oiuonye led off the team with a 50.1 second split, handing off to Senoj-j Givans who ran a fine 47.5 leg, while Thomas chipped in with a 48.5 seconds leg to close the gap on the leaders to about 10 metres well in Williams' range.
Herbert Morrison's girls 4x100m team just failed to win the Championships of America's final after Long Beach Poly's anchor leg runner Ariana Washington ran past Herbert Morrison's Seidatha Palmer and Edwin Allen's Dejah Stewart.
A cramp suffered by Herbert Morrison's second leg runner Tovea Jenkins during her leg of the race slowed down the Montego Bay school, but they were still in striking distance at the end. However they still had their best ever finish at the meet with second in 46.49 seconds.
The injury forced Jenkins from the 4x400m team that finished a disappointing eighth.
The Herbert Morrison boy's 4x100m team was third in their Championships of Americas final behind Wolmers Boys and Jamaica College in a decent 41.03 seconds.
Former Frome Technical athlete Danniel Thomas, who was competing for Edwin Allen high, broke the three -year- old meet record in the High school girls discus throw with a personal best 51.02m.
She was the third straight Jamaican high school girl to win the event following behind Candecia Bernard of St Hugh's High in 2010 and Sasha-gay Marston of Edwin Allen last year.
St Elizabeth Technical's Adriana Brown who was tipped to win the high school girls 400m hurdles, suffered a cramp in her right calf and ended up 10th in 1 minutes 02.03 seconds.
Opal James also of St Elizabeth Technical was sixth in the long jump in 5.66m behind Manchester High's Chanice Porter who won her second title in three years.
Sashane Hansen of Herbert Morrison placed 14th in the high jump that was won by Edwin Allen's Kimberly Williamson.