Top boy - Calabar’s Francis Penn Relays outstanding schoolboy athleteMonday, April 29, 2013
BY PAUL A REID Observer writer firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Calabar High School's Jevon Francis was named the Penn Relays High School Boy Athlete for Relay Events after his amazing 44.9 seconds anchor to secure his team's win of the Championships of Americas 4x400m relays at Franklin Field on Saturday.
Calabar High won their sixth title, second most, in a brilliant 3:09.22, the second best time ever, beating two times defending champions Munro College, who ran their best time ever here 3:09.24, the third best time ever. John Muir High of Pasadena, California, has the meet record 3:08.72 set in 1997.
Francis joined Holmwood Technical's Gleneve Grange who won the award for the high school girls' individual award for her Penn Relays and National Junior Record 54.29m in the discus throw on Thursday, while former Vere Technical triple jumper Shamika Thomas, who was competing for San Diego State, won the female college award for individual events for her victory with 13.61m, to become the first-ever winner at Penn Relays from her school.
Francis was the seventh Jamaican to win the award since 1990 and the first since 2010 when Wolmer's Boys' Julian Forte took home the award.
His split was the fastest ever for a high school boy at the 119-year-old meet, and was Calabar's sixth win in the event, but first in 23 years since 1990, a new record for time span between wins, surpassing Camperdown's 21 years between wins in 1985 and 2006.
Francis, who got the baton in third place, first passed Manchester High's Oshane Burrell, who had got the baton first at the final change-over before taking on Munro College's Delano Williams, who was chasing a third straight victory for his team.
Francis and Williams then staged an epic battle for supremacy bringing the crowd to its feet as both talented athletes crossed the line together and were forced to wait a few heart beats before the scoreboard flashed the official results.
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