PHILADELPHIA (Sporting Alert) — Day four at the 2015 Penn Relays gets underway on Friday with another loaded schedule, with FloPro providing live streaming coverage of the event.
Jamaican supporters can also follow all the Jamaican athletes and schools during the meet on TrackAlerts live blog updates, while live results updates will also be on the Penn Relays official website.
Among the highlights on the schedule for Friday are the College women and high school girls’ Championship of American 4x100m races.
In the high school section, defending champions Edwin Allen start as the favourites to defend their title, following their impressive run in the heats on Thursday.
They will be joined by St. Jago, Holmwood Tech and Wolmer’s Girls, who are all also from Jamaica, with Long Beach Poly and Riverdale Baptist among the American schools booking a place in the final.
Texas, University of Technology (UTech) and South Carolina head into the collegiate race with the fastest times of the qualifying round, but defending champion Texas A&M, who have won six in a row, come at Penn Relays with the nation’s leading time at 43.03 seconds and will have to start as the side to beat base on those form.
UTech are also having a good season and with a time of 43.13 secs coming into this meet, they too must be feared.
In the high school girls’ 4x400m Championship of America race, St. Jago lead all qualifiers and carry a wealth of confidence into this race, following their winning performance at Champs 2015.
Columbia (Maplewood, NJ) qualified second quickest, while Vere Tech, who have the most titles in this event at Penn Relays, former champions Holmwood Tech and defending champs Edwin Allen are also among the teams to watch in the decider.
Action on the men’s side also gets going on Friday with the 4×800 and 4×100 all set to go off in the high and college sections.
Jamaican schools St. Jago, Calabar, Jamaica College and Kingston College will lead the hunt for the high school title, with Michael O’Hara, who was cleared to join his teammates, expected to lead Calabar to another crown this season.
With O’Hara running the second leg, Calabar flashed to a record-breaking 39.08 seconds to win the gold medal at Champs and they start as the overwhelming favourites to deliver something special again.
The college men’s and women’s 100m heats are also on the schedule for Friday’s busy day of competition.
The 121st Penn Relays conclude on Saturday with a host of high-profile events, including the USA v the World listed schedule.