Russell hopes 'light up' Penn Relays track again


April 21, 2016
Flow Foundation executive chairman Errol K. Miller (centre) speaks with athletes Janieve Russell of the University of Technology (left) and Calabar High School's Christopher Taylor at the presentation made to institutions who will compete at the Penn Relays from April 28 to 30. Contributed

Janieve Russell remains confident of entertaining and excelling again at the upcoming Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania's, Franklin Field from April 28-30.

"They (fans) are expecting great times. they are expecting a show, and I am just going out there to use Penn's as a training ground again."

Russell, a University of Technology student represented her alma mater, Holmwood Technical, five times and UTech three times at Penn's.

"Penn Relays is very cold and a lot of athletes are not used to the climate because they are always in the tropical area. I have been travelling to Penn Relays for eight years. I know the feeling, the crowd, and the atmosphere that we are going into, so it's a good feeling to know that I am well prepared and just going out there to showcase," Russell said.

Russell was speaking after FLOW Foundation gave $4,030,000 to 28 high schools, colleges and university teams at their head office on Carlton Crescent on Tuesday.


Other outstanding athletes present were 400m sensation Christopher Taylor, who will compete at his first Penn Relays.

Taylor said: "I feel very excited I am gonna go out there and do the best for my school."

Convent of Mercy Academy's Zinedine Russell, who finished second overall in the girls' Class One heptathlon at Champs, said: "I am looking forward to getting the plaque for my school.'

Russell, who clocked a personal best in the 2015 World Championships last year and placed fifth with a lifetime best 54.64 seconds, is confident.

"I am just going out there confident and just ready to perform," Russell told STAR SPORTS.

- S.F.

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