Penn Relays - East Coast Showcase --- Hydel High's Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, at Champs 2024
Hydel High's Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, at Champs 2024

PHILADELPHIA — Hydel High School sent a strong message in their quest to repeat their success at the Penn Relays, clocking the fastest time of the day in the High School Girls’ 4×100 heats at Franklin Field.

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The team, featuring Alliah Baker, Shania Myers, Shemonique Hazle, and Juwonna Whitehorne, posted an impressive 45.99 seconds in heat 13, signaling their intentions loud and clear.

Closest to Hydel on time, Archbishop John Carroll from Washington D.C. recorded a competitive time of 46.11 seconds, with athletes Jasmine Cook, Jasmine Sharps, Stella Anani, and Naaema Solomon pushing hard to challenge the leaders in heat 10.

Adding to the intense competition, Holmwood Technical High School from Jamaica is the third best with a time of 46.38 seconds. The team, made up of Regina Bailey, Kiara Meikle, Sadeena Holder, and Monique Proudlove, topped in heat 9, underscoring the depth of Jamaican sprinting talent.

St. Mary’s High School, also hailing from Jamaica, clocked a close 46.46 seconds in the same heat. Athletes Akeeliah Barnes, Kaliesha Bell, Shagay Sheppy, and Tianna Rhoomes represented their school, finishing just behind their compatriots.

Not to be outdone, St. Jago High School recorded a time of 46.55 seconds, with Rae-Annia Williams, Kryshell Hoolong, Seanagaye Leslie, and Tamara Bailey showcasing their speed in heat 8.

Edwin Allen High School, another top Jamaican school, completed the top six with a time of 46.59 seconds. Their team, consisting of Trezeguet Taylor, Theianna-Lee Terrelonge, Jounee Armstrong, and Shanique Cassonova, competed fiercely in heat 12, highlighting the competitive spirit of the event.

In a separate section of the event, Wolmer’s Girls’ School added to Jamaica’s dominant display by posting a time of 46.72 seconds to win their heat. Runners Mikayla Gardner, Tianna Marshall, Natrece East, and Abigayle Wolfe combined effectively to showcase their school’s sprinting credentials.

These performances have set the stage for a riveting final, with Hydel High aiming to defend their title against formidable opponents. The Penn Relays continue to be a premier showcase of young talent, providing a platform for the next generation of track stars to shine.

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