Jamaica Gleaner / Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) boys’ champions, Calabar High, will be hoping for another big performance when they compete in the sprint relay at this weekend’s UTech Classic at the National Stadium.
At the recent championships, Calabar’s Class One sprint relay team registered an impressive record run of 39.35 seconds to win the event. This weekend, they will go against the big guns MVP, UTech and Sprint Tech in what is expected to be a cracker.
Calabar made that impressive run without their main star, last year’s World Championships 4x400m hero Javon Francis, and with the Penn Relays just around the corner they will be hoping for another big run.
joint fastest time
Their winning time at Champs is the joint fastest time so far by a Jamaican team this year, as the University of Technology had a similar time when they won at the Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay in late February.
With this being their meet, UTech will be gunning for victory and to go much faster than their winning time at the Intercollegiate Championships where they won in 39.60, while the likes of UWI and Sprint Tech will be coming firing on all cylinders.
After a disappointing run at the Intercollegiate Championships where they finished a disappointing fourth, it should be a pumped-up UWI team this weekend as the likes of Delano Williams and Jason Young, who finished a close one-two in the 200 metres are hoping to set things straight this time around.
All the above teams will, however, have to play second fiddle to any Racers team sent out on the track. World-class sprinters Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole are just three of the big guns in the Racers line-up, and any quartet chosen from this club can go below 39 seconds.
While Racers should win, a lot of eyes will be focused on Calabar as they will be seeking to get some big scalps and give themselves a lot of confidence ahead of the Penn Relays.
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