KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former world record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson will be back in Jamaican colours at this weekend's (April 25) Penn Relays.
Powell is expected to be joined by former MVP teammates, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater for the men's 4x100m at the event. All three along with Usain Bolt combibed for 37.10, a then world record mark to win at the 2008 OLympic Games in Beijing, China.
Kaliese Spencer and Stephanie McPherson are also named to the team which will also see the return of Olympic silver medalist, Sherone Simpson as well as Kerron Stewart and Shericka Williams.
Jamaica’s 4X100m title defense will rest with joint 2008 Olympic silver medal winners Simpson and Stewart who are both selected for the 4x100m and 4x200m squads, as is Commonwealth 100m and 200m finalist Schillonie Calvert. The 4X100 women’s team will completed by Natasha Morrison while Shericka Williams and Anastacia LeRoy completes the 4X200m squad.
The men’s 4X200m team will feature the likes of IAAF World Relays record setting team members, Nickel Ashmeade and Jermaine Brown who will be joined by Jason Livermore of Akan Track Club and Rasheed Dwyer.
Meanwhile, World Championships 4×400 meter silver medalist, Javon Francis, is a part of the 21 member squad to compete for Jamaica at the Penn Relays. Fresh of a new season’s best of 45.50 at the UTECH Classics Francis will compete in the USA versus the World 4X400M alongside Javere Bell, Ricardo Chambers, Allodin Fothergill and Rusheen McDonald who completes the squad.
In the USA Versus the World women’s 4X400m race, Jamaica is expected to field a strong team featuring Spencer, McPherson, Williams and LeRoy along with Commonwealth 400m bronze medalist Christine Day.
Maurice Wilson and Jermaine Shand are expected to be the coaches who will accompany the 21-member team.