The temperatures were cold but the action was hot on the track as the Jamaican high school boys dominated on the Saturday’s final day of competition at the 121st staging of the Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia.

Forty-eight thousand plus enjoyed the warmest day of the weekend as the boys swept the relays events as well as the jumps to outdo their female counterparts.
The girls swept the relays but won just two of three jumping events.

Calabar high won the 4x100m in a new record, breaking Jamaica College’s mark set last year and the 4x400m while St Elizabeth Technical won the 4x800m for the first time since 1994 when they won their sixth title.

Odaine Lewis of Cornwall College - Triple Jump winner
Odaine Lewis of Cornwall College – Triple Jump winner
Odaine Lewis won Cornwall College’s first event at the Relays when he upset favourite Obrien Wasome in the triple jump, Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown who won the triple jump last year, won the high jump while Calabar’s Jullanie Walker won the long jump. Michael OHara made news for the right reason when he led Calabar to both wins, running the second leg on the 4x100m team that won in a new record 39.63 seconds, erasing the 39.72 seconds set by Jamaica College last year.

St Jago were second, followed by St George’s College hen St Elizabeth Technical.

OHara then anchoring the 4x400m team in what could be his final appearance there as a schoolboy, as they ran 3:09.97 seconds, fourth fastest ever in the meet’s history.

Jamaica College were second, followed by STETHS in third place, Excelsior were sixth and Petersfield seventh.
STETHS battled Kingston College over the final leg to win the 4x800m in 7:38.38 seconds with KC second, Holmwood Technical were eight and Calabar ninth.

In the jumps, Walker led a Jamaican sweep of the top three in the long jump, jumping a wind- aided 7.45m to tie for the ninth best ever at the meet.

His teammate Travis Riley was second with 7.34m and Cornwall College’s Alrick Ottey third with 7.16m fouling his last three jumps. Lewis’s waited until late to win the triple jumps, as his 15.37m came on the final jump Wasome- 15.28m; Campion College’s Jordan Scott was third in 15.19m followed by Javier Lowe of Calabar- 15.13m and Kingston College’s Errol Ennis- 14.60m.

Brown made a successful switch to the high jump, clearing 2.09m to beat St Jago’s Lushane Wilson- 2.06m with another St Jago jumper Douglas Romario sixth with 2.03m.