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FloPro Live 2015 Penn Relays Streaming

PHILADELPHIA (Sporting Alert) — The 2015 Penn Relays continues on Thursday with its first full schedule for the college women and high school girls, following Tuesday and Wednesday’s mini multi-event sessions.

Live and exclusive streaming coverage will be online, courtesy of FloPro. Live and updated results and event starting lists can be followed by clicking this link.

On Thursday, the action begins with at 10:00 am with the college women’s 400m hurdles championship, which will see Utech’s Janieve Russell, Rushell Clayton of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and G.C. Foster’s Ronda Whyte among the top starters.

Jamaican athletes also ranked high among the starters in the high school girls section as well, with the likes of Genekee Leith of St. Jago, her teammate and defending champion Andrenette Knight and Junelle Bromfield (St. Elizabeth Tech) leading the way in the event.

These three Jamaicans are expected to battle things out for the championship title, with Knight, the recently crowned Carifta Games champion, starting as the slight favourite to hold off her rivals, although Leith, who finished sixth at last year’s IAAF World Junior Championships and the champion of Champs 2015, looks in good form.

Leading the way for the American entries is Emma Gallagher (Cardozo, Queens, NY), who was 5th in this event a year ago.

Meanwhile, the first relay competition gets underway at 10:30 am with the high school girls 4×800 qualifiers with the 12 fastest teams from the event booking a place in the Championship Final on Friday.

Defending champions Columbia (Maplewood, NJ), who won this event for the past two years, seek its third championship title and will have the record in mind as well, after just missing out at breaking the national high school mark last year.

As usual, strong challenges are expected to come from the Jamaican schools, with former champions Holmwood among the top entries trying to stop the returning champs streak.

American indoor high school leaders Western Branch (Va.) are also among the top schools, with Jamaica’s Vere Tech, Spalding and Edwin Allen, which finished second last year, starting at the top as well.

The sprint relays for colleges and high schools are also on the scheduled list, with Edwin Allen seeking to dominate the event again, with Holmwood, Wolmer’s and Hydel among the Jamaican top starters.

Meanwhile, the titles up for grabs on the day are the College Women’s and High School Girls Distance Medley Championship of America Invitational.

Action in the field gets underway 9:00 am with the college women’s Discus Throw. The high school girls’ pole vault, long jump and high jump competitions are also taking place on Thursday.

2015 Penn Relays Live multi-event results

PHILADELPHIA (Sporting Alert) — The 2015 Penn Relays will continue on Wednesday with the men’s and women’s Multi-event competition at Franklin Field.

Click here for live multi-event results | Watch LIVE Penn Relays Streaming on FloPro (Starting on April 23).

After the first day of action on Tuesday, Austin Jamerson of Cornell leads the men’s decathlon, with Northern Illionis’ Latesha Bigby taking a narrow bedtime lead in the women’s heptathlon.

Jamerson, who finished in the top positions in the long jump and high jump, has tallied 3,728 points after five events to take a commanding 220-point lead over Vinny Biunno of Franklin Pierce who sits second on 3,508 points.

After running 11.36 in the 100m to tie for the second fastest on the day, Jamerson leaped 6.92 meters (22 feet, 8 1/2 inches) to take the lead after two events and he’s been holding that position ever since.

Jamerson strengthened his lead at the top after picking up 840 points in the high jump — clearing 2.04 meters (6 feet, 8 ¼ inches).

Wesley’s Patrick Schlosser, who led after the first event, ended the day in third with 3383 points — 345 points behind the leader.

In the women’s heptathlon, Bigby went to bed with a slim 57 points lead over second place Katherine Petruzzelis of Villanova, while her Northern Illinois teammate Claudette Day is sitting third and is just 63 points behind.

Bigby, who won both the 100m hurdles and 200m dash on the track, finished the day with 3,197 points after the first four events of the competition. She blasted to 13.79 seconds to score 1,008 points in the hurdles.

Sitting second is Villanova’s Petruzzelis, who is on 3,140 points, while Day ends the first day with 3,134 points.

Defending champion Noel Jancewicz of Penn is also close to the leaders, as she finished the day just 107 points behind.

Action gets underway at 10:00 am on Wednesday in the decathlon, while the heptathlon begins 30-minutes after.

The men will contest five more events, with the women battling in three more events on the second day.

Both competition conclude on Wednesday and Live Results will be available. Fans can also Watch LIVE Penn Relays Streaming on FloPro (Starting on April 23).

Watch 2015 Carifta Games Live Stream, Live Results

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (Sporting Alert) — Day two at the 2015 Carifta Games gets underway at the Silver Jubilee Stadium on Saturday with a full day’s schedule. Here here are the ways you can watch live streaming and follow live results.

Click Here For Live Streaming Coverage of the Games | Follow Live Results

The Games opened on Friday night with a mini evening schedule that included the semi-final rounds of the 400m dashes.

However, the action will hit full swing with the morning fixtures with action on the track, while the 100m and 400m titles are both up for grabs later in the afternoon session.

On today as well as is the start of the multi-events, with the girls heptathlon and boys octathlon open set to kick-start the morning session.

Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara, who won four gold medals at the just concluded Boys and Girls Champs in Kingston, last week, will look to continue his outstanding form this season when he takes the starting blocks for the 100m semis.

Meanwhile, on Friday night, Jamaica grabbed two golds and a silver medal to lead the medal table standings really early, as Akeem Kerr won the boys open pole vault and Devia Brown and Shyledeen Smith finished first and second in the Under-18 girls discus throw.

Charisma Taylor from the Bahamas won gold in the girls Under-18 triple jump with a leap of 12.01m to add to the bronze Serena Brown captured in the discus throw for the same age group.

Also up and running in the medal collection are Suriname with a silver, with Grenada and Martinique winning bronze medals on Friday night.

Akeem Bloomfield (46.98) of Jamaica and Jamal Walton (47.40) of Cayman Islands lead the way heading into the final of the Under-20 and Under-18 400m, following Friday’s semis.

Christopher Taylor of Jamaica, who ran 48.58 to win his heat in the U18, has been in good form this season and will be aiming to improve his time in the final.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2015 – MORNING SESSION 2 
No. TIME EVENT 
109 09:00 100 Meters Hurdles Girls Open Heptathlon (1)
110 09:05 100 Meters Boys Open Octathlon (1)
111 09:10 High Jump Boys Under 20 Final – (Area 1)
112 09:15 100 Meters Girls Under 18 Heats
113 09:30 High Jump Girls Open Heptathlon (2) – (Area 2)
114 09:35 100 Meters Boys Under 18 Heats
115 09:40 Long Jump Boys Open Octathlon (2) – (Pit 1)
116 09:55 100 Meters Girls Under 20 Heats
117 10:05 Discus Boys Under 20 Final
118 10:10 Shot Put Girls Under 18 Final – (Circle 1)
119 10:15 100 Meters Boys Under 20 Heats
120 10:35 400 Meters Hurdles Girls Under 18 Semi Finals
121 10:50 400 Meters Hurdles Girls Under 20 Semi Finals
122 11:05 400 Meters Hurdles Boys Under 18 Semi Finals
123 11:20 400 Meters Hurdles Boys Under 18 Semi Finals

DAY 2 – SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2015 – EVENING SESSION 3 
No. TIME EVENT 
124 16:30 High Jump Boys Under 18 Final – (Area 1)
125 16:35 Shot Put Boys Open Octathlon (3) – (Circle 2)
126 16:40 Shot Put Girls Open Heptathlon (3) – (Circle 1)
127 16:45 100 Meters Girls Under 18 Semi Finals
128 16:50 Long Jump Girls Under 18 Final – (2 Flights, Pit 1 & 2)
129 17:00 100 Meters Boys Under 18 Semi Finals
130 17:15 100 Meters Girls Under 20 Semi Finals
131 17:30 100 Meters Boys Under 20 Semi Finals
132 17:45 1500 Meters Girls Under 18 Final
133 17:55 1500 Meters Boys Under 18 Final
134 18:00 Javelin Girls Under 18 Final – (North Sector)
135 18.05 1500 Meters Girls Under 20 Final
136 18:10 Shot Put Boys Under 18 Final – (Circle 2)
137 18:15 1500 Meters Boys Under 20 Final
138 18:30 400 Meters Girls Under 18 Final
139 18:40 400 Meters Boys Under 18 Final
140 18:45 Long Jump Girls Under 20 Final – (Pit 2)
141 18:50 400 Meters Girls Under 20 Final
142 19:00 400 Meters Boys Under 20 Final
143 19:15 400 Meters Boys Open Octathlon (4)
144 19:25 200 Meters Girls Open Heptathlon (4)
145 19:45 100 Meters Girls Under 18 Final
146 19:55 100 Meters Boys Under 18 Final
147 20:05 100 Meters Girls Under 20 Final
148 20:15 100 Meters Boys Under 20 Final

Boys and Girls 2015 Watch Champs Live Streaming at 1Spot

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Defending champions Calabar High have emerged as the new favourites to retain the men’s title at the Jamaica High School Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which begins at the National Stadium in Kingston, at 2:00 pm on Tuesday.

The five day championships will conclude on Saturday.

Watch Champs Live Streaming at 1Spot, who will provide premium streaming coverage. TrackAlerts.com will also carry live update of the championships. There will also be live and updated race results online at this link: Live Boys and Girls Champs 2015 Results.

At the start of last weekend the annual “Champs Preview Magazine” predicted that Kingston College (KC) would have finished ahead of Calabar by two points — with the expected top two final scores listed as 306 points for KC and C’Bar earning 304.

However, media reports have suggested that a few of KC’s big earners will not be fully fit, which could contribute to them losing points in the title chase.

It is understood that Class Two sprint star Nathaniel Bann, who was expected to contribute heavily for KC, will not feature at all as he failed to recover from a muscle injury he picked up earlier this year.

It is still unclear as to whether fellow sprint ace Jevaughn Matherson is at his best again — although his camp is reporting that he is fully fit and will compete.

“It will be a tough challenge, but it’s not beyond us and we are quite capable. I am just hoping that the boys will rise to the occasion, and in my mind it will be a close one,” KC’s head coach Neil Harrison, who is in his first season, told the Jamaica Observer.

“This Champs is going to count on the optimally rounded effort of the team.

“If you are going to win this championship, you have to come good in all the different classes and I believe we are quite capable, quite competent in all classes,” Harrison added in the paper.

Veteran Calabar coach Michael Clarke is reporting that his team is fully fit and he too is confident in the preparations done ahead of Champs.

“We are confident what our preparations have brought us thus far and we are waiting to see what it will bring us,” Clarke was quoted as saying in the Jamaica Observer.

“Our strength lies right across. We don’t have any specific areas.”

On the women’s side, meanwhile, defending champions Edwin Allen High are ready to repeat as champions with head coach Michael Dyke revealing that this year’s squad is the most balanced setup they’ve had in years.

“This is the most balanced team we have had in a long time and we will score points just about everywhere,” Dyke told the Observer.

Edwin Allen High, who rattled up over 330 points to win last year’s girls’ title very comfortably — are expected to have thing their way again this season as they seek their third title in four years and earn back-to-back crowns for the first time.

The main expected challengers are Holmwood Technical, St Jago High and Hydel, but the light blues should be too strong to handle.

Grenadian Kirani James wins Commonwealth Games 400m title with record run

GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Grenadian star sprinter Kirani James defeated a very strong field to win the men’s 400m at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

The Olympic champion, who entered the Commonwealth Games as the overwhelming favourite, ran 44.25 seconds to also shattered the meeting record of 44.52secs, which was set in 1998 by Iwan Thomas of Wales.

James took control of the race from the beginning and then made another move at the 200m mark as he heads into the home straight.

The 21-year-old was forced to find another gear in the closing metres though, after he was challenged by Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa, who ran brilliantly well for the silver medal.

“The race wasn’t as fast as it looked but Kirani James took real charge of things,” said former sprinter and 400m world record holder Michael Johnson on BBC One.

“It was a great effort from Wayde van Niekerek who ran the 200m prelims this morning. Maybe if he hadn’t have done that he could have got that bit closer to James and pushed him all the way to the line.

Van Niekerk was second in 44.68 and it was a brave effort from the South African sprinter.

“A really brave effort from Wayde van Niekerk who gave Kirani James a run for his money but the man from Grenada answered all the questions he was asked. He’s on top of the world again,” BBC Sport athletics commentator Steve Cram said.

London Olympic Games bronze medal winner Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 44.78, with England’s Martyn Rooney finishing fourth in 45.15.

Veteran Chris Brown of the Bahamas, who was one of the runners on the list of medal contenders, did not start in the final.