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Strong performances for SAC and Moore’s Island at Penn

  • The Moore’s Island 4x400m relay team finished seventh in the Championships of America final at the 2013 Penn Relays. LAURA PRATT-CHARLTON

Published: May 01, 2013

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Over the weekend, both St. Augustine’s College (SAC) and Moore’s Island did amazing jobs at the world renowned Penn Relays Carnival.

For the first time SAC made it to the Championships of America round for High School Girls. Moore’s Island All-Age School did the same in the High School Boys division. They both finished seventh.

SAC, using Devynne Charlton, Makeya White, Dannielle Gibson and Keianna Albury, ran 47.58 seconds to finish seventh. They clocked 46.60 seconds to set a new championships record at the Scotiabank National High School Track and Field Championships.

At the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, there were 617 schools in the High School Girls 4x100m division, so it shows how significant the performance by SAC was. This race was won by Holmwood Tech of Jamaica, in 44.82 seconds.

Moore’s Island ran 3:15.43 in the heats of the 4x400m. In that race, Nicholas Roberts ran a 51.2 split to lead off. Whitsun Bain took the baton and ran a 51.4 split. Steven Gardiner ran a 47 seconds flat split on the third leg and James Williams finished in an amazing 46.7 seconds split on the anchor leg. In the final on Saturday, the team placed seventh, in 3:23.10.

Calabar, out of Jamaica, won in 3:09.22, with Munroe College just two hundredths of a second behind, in 3:09.24.

Calabar’s Jovan Francis ran a 44.8 seconds split on the final leg compared to Munroe’s Delano Williams’ split of 44.9 seconds. Francis was the BTC 2013 CARIFTA Games silver medalist in the Under-20 Boys 400m, and Williams, from the Turks and Caicos Islands, was last year’s World Junior Champion in the 200m.

Bahamian schools have attended the Penn Relays for years, but in 2010, the BAAA decided to support the teams that won the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events at the National High School Track and Field Championships. The performances of SAC and Moore’s Island this year shows that the investment is now beginning to pay dividends.

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