The 4x400m will be hot
WHEN the Penn Relays get going next Thursday, one of the most anticipated events among high schools will be the boys' 4x400 metres.
Jamaican teams will be hoping to continue their dominance as they will be hoping to extend the winning run to nine following Calabar High's victory last year.
A year ago Jamaican teams swept the top three spots as Jamaica College were second while St. Elizabeth Technical took third. Standing in the way of the Jamaica teams will be T.C. Williams High School out of Alexandria, Virginia. They were the best placed team from North America last year, finishing fourth in 3:11.23. Reports out of the United States are that they are a big threat to the Jamaicans.
The American team has two of the most promising juniors in the United States in the Lyle brothers, Noah and Josephus. Both have been burning up the tracks on the high school circuit. Noah has season best times of 10.17 and 20.48 seconds over the 100 and 200 metres respectively while brother Josephus has a best of 45.94 in the 400m. Josephus was second to Jamaica's Christopher Taylor at last year's World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia.
Despite a season best of 3:18.41 in early April at the Carolyn Legend Relays they definitely will be a major factor.
Top Jamaica schools, Calabar and Kingston College, are expected to have a tight battle. Calabar have a season best of 3:09.97 and Kingston College 3:10.26 . Gibson Relays winners St Elizabeth Technical (3:13.08) and 2008 and 2009 Penn Relays winners St. Jago with a best of 3:13.69 should also run very well.
It will be interesting to see the likes of Taylor, STETHS' Nigel Ellis, KC's Akeem Bloomfield and Josephus Lyles on anchor as definitely this will be a good way to end the meet for high school teams.