Jamaican high schools have secured a gold medal, two silver, and a bronze on Thursday’s opening day of the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Holmwood Technical’s Cedricka Williams claimed the gold medal. She won the High School Girls’ discus throw championship with 54.00m to extend Jamaica’s dominance in the event at the Penn Relays.
After a foul throw with her first attempt, Williams went ahead in round two with an effort of 45.99m and did not relinquish the lead. Her best effort came in round four.
It was a one-two finish for Jamaica as Victoria Christie of Camperdown High secured the silver medal, some 10.00m behind with 44.88m.
The bronze medal went to Ella Lucas (42.53m) of Warwick Valley High School in New York.
Britannie Johnson of Camperdown High finished fourth with 41.75.
Serena Cole of Edwin Allen High secured the other silver medal for Jamaica. Cole placed second in the High School Girls’ long jump championship with a wind-aided effort of 5.98m (3.6 metres per second), her first defeat in the event this season.
Avery Lewis of Friends’ Central School in Pennsylvania won the gold medal with a jump of 6.05m (2.8 metres per second). She got the victory in the sixth and final round.
Hailey Rios of Somerset won the bronze medal with an effort of 5.84m.
St Jago High’s Annishka McDonald took the bronze in the high jump with 1.69m, the same effort as silver medal winner Audrey Kirkutis of Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Nene Mokonchu of Spring-Ford Area High School in Royersford, PA won the gold medal with 1.72m.
Jamaica will be well represented in the High Schools Girls’ Championship of America 4×800, 4×400, and 4x100m races.
Defending champions Edwin Allen and Holmwood Technical will lead Jamaica into the High School Girls’ 4x800m Championship of America final following the preliminary round on Thursday.
Edwin Allen qualified for the championship after placing second in their heat with the quartet of Rushana Dwyer, Jessica McLean, Rickeisha Simms, and Leanna Lewis who completed the course in 9:13.89 seconds.
The Jamaican were beaten by Union Catholic of New Jersey who clocked 9:13.08 seconds.
Holmwood Technical with Cindy Rose, Jody Ann Mitchell, Samantha Pryce, and Ysanne Peart book their spot in the final by winning their heat in 9:23.48 seconds, well clear of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which finished in 9:26.88.
Five Jamaican schools including defending champions Holmwood Technical are in the field for the 4x400m Championship of America final.
Hydel led all qualifiers going into the final after easily winning their heat in 3:39.34 seconds.
Edwin Allen progressed after winning their heat in 3:45.29 seconds to beat St Jago High, which finished second in 3:49.50 to also secure their spot.
Holmwood Technical (3:41.95) also won their heat.
Edwin Allen will lead six Jamaican schools into the 4x100m Championship of America.
The six Jamaican schools to qualify for the final are Edwin Allen, with twin sisters Tia and Tina Clayton, Hydel High, Holmwood Technical, St Jago High, St Catherine High, and Immaculate Conception High School
Edwin Allen’s quartet of Shenequa Vassell, Tina Clayton, Brandy Hall, and Tia Clayton took their team across the finish line very easily in 44.64 seconds.
Hydel won heat nine, thanks to the effort of Alana Reid, Brianna Lyston, Kerrica Hill, and Oneka Wilson, who combined for 46.37.
Holwmwood with Akhalia Collins, Kiara Meikle, Sedeena Holder, and Abrina Wright secured their spot after winning their heat in 47.12.
Immaculate with Chanel Honeywell, Essence Burbridge, Mickalia Haisley and Gabrielle Lyn secured their spot after finishing second in their heat in 47.15.
St Catherine High won their heat in 47.56 while St Jago High secured their spot with 47.37.
The High Schools boys will bow into action on Friday’s second day, which is scheduled to start at 9:00 am with the 4x800m heats.