By Miranda Mitchell
Odean Skeen led Wolmers Boys to a new Penn Relays record on their way to winning the High School Boys’ 4×100 Championship of America race on Saturday.
Skeen, who dominated the U17 category at the recently concluded CARIFTA Games in the Cayman Islands, got his team off to a fast start as the Jamaican school dominated – clocking a blistering 39.78seconds.
In fact, Jamaican high schools swept the top four places – with former champions Camperdown High (40.61), St. George’s (40.97) and defending champions Calabar (41.01) finished to a loud cheer from the thousands of Jamaican supporters.
According reports, the man behind the sprinter’s success is their former coach Stephen Francis – coach of former world record holder Asafa Powell and Shelly Ann Fraser who won world and Olympic 100m crowns.
1 Wolmer’s Boys (Kingston 4, JAM) 39.78 Odean Skeen, Dwayne Extol, Julian Forte, A-Shawni Mitchell A
2 Camperdown (Kingston 2, JAM) 40.61 Jeffery Josephs, Bernado Brady, Ramone Waite, Chevaughn Smith C
3 St. George’s (Kingston, JAM) 40.97 Trimaine Barnett, Jermain Fyffe, Oraine Christie, Khorey Spalging E
4 Calabar (Kingston 20, JAM) 41.01 Shane Hylton, Duace Carter, Ramone Miller, Aldane Rankin B
5 Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA) 41.01 Paul Richardson, George Farmer, Devan Spann, Robert Woods F
6 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA) 41.18 Alex Cannon, Kameron Jackson, Kameron White, Kaelin Clay D
7 Rio Mesa (Oxnard, CA) 41.41 Jamison Jordan, LaDarrin Roach, Steven Richards, Blake Selig G
8 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) 42.20 Robert Cobritt, Joshua McPhearson, Christopher Walker, Charlie Jordan