St Francois Girls College of Belmont, Trinidad had the distinction of logging a victory in yesterday’s hectic opening day of the 122nd edition of the famous High School Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA.
Tobago’s Scarborough Secondary school girls ran a second place and Port of Spain’s Bishop’s Anstey girls penciled in a third for the other notable returns as seven Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools took their place in competition against hundreds of other schools, the majority from USA states, others from South Africa, Quebec, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands and Caribbean island nations Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
St Francois’s win in the preliminary round Heat 11 of 28 Heats for the four by 100 meters relay for Large Schools (enrolment above 524 students) was done in 48.68 seconds for 13th best of the 252-competitor event.
They have been granted one of two alternate slots for today’s final.
The St Francois Girls 4 by 400 meter challenge however came up short as they were 12th place of 13.
Tobago’s Scarborough Secondary completed their campaign with a 52nd placing among the 381 Small Schools (enrolment below 524) contesting the 4 by 100 meters relay. The Scarborough lasses were second in Heat 32 but their time of 50.77 seconds was well outside the top eight for the final.
Then they managed a creditable 4th of 16 in the four by 400 meters event.
Bishop’s Anstey were third in the High Schools Large sprint relay timed at 49.10 seconds which was 23rd best of the 251 teams, They were also sixth best of the nine schools in the 4 by 4.
Bishop’s Tobago meanwhile were 67th of the 382 Girls Small Schools running the sprint relay and they were ninth of ten for the 4 by 4. The Tobago lasses were also third-place finishers in their Heat 6 of 43 Heats but again their time was not good enough for a final eight slot.
El Dorado West had a soured day when they were disqualified in their 4 by 100 meters Heat 8 of the 43 Heats for rule infringement not made clear.
Their Boys team look to right their ship today when Queen’s Royal College and Fatima College will also open their campaign in the Large School sprint relays.