#PenRelays2018 coverage is brought to you from Franklin Field Stadium (April 26-28) by WIHCON 

Calabar led the way Friday as seven Jamaican teams qualified for the High School Boys’ 4×100 Championship of America on Saturday (27 April) at the Penn Relays.

The reigning champion at Penn Relays and national record holder popped off the early heats with a strong qualifying time of 41.41secs, in less than ideal conditions.

Christopher Taylor receives the baton from Rosean Young at Penn Relays 2018 on April 27

Rosean Young, Christopher Taylor, Tyreke Wilson and Dejour Russell, in running order, look to repeat their 39.00 flat record breaking triumph from 2017.

Akin to Champs, they will have sturdy competition from the likes of Kingston College who qualified for Saturday afternoon’s final with a faster time of 41.24, thanks in large part to Jhevaughn Mattherson.

Jamaica College (JC) had the third fastest qualifying mark of 41.75, followed by Ruseas’ 41.81.

Although they failed to break 42 seconds in qualifying, St. Jago, 42.31, St. Elizabeth Technical, 42.29, Wolmer’s, 42.42 and Papine, 41.81 also persevered through the adverse weather and qualified.

Other than the Jamaican teams, St Augustine of the Bahamas and DeMatha Catholic of Maryland in the US ran 42.43 and 41.93, respectively to round out the field of nine.

The Boys Championship of America is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45pm EST.

By Auburn Mann

Is a budding freelance Journalist. He worked for news outlets like Capital News Service, a news wire based out of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he graduated from with a Master's in Journalism. He has an undergraduate degree in communications from Bowie State University, where he served as Deputy Managing Editor for the schools official Newspaper: The Spectrum. He has also contributed to newspapers like The Washington Afro American, Montgomery County Gazette and the Takoma/Silver Spring Voice. Auburn has a strong passion for Athletics, particularly events 800 meters and under( and their corresponding relays).

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