Racers Track Club had a good day at Gibson Relays on Saturday.
The day started with the two 4 X 400m men relay teams of Shavon Barnes, Keeno Burrell, Annsert Whyte and Demar Murray, clocking 3:09.87s and Riker Hylton, Nicholas Maitland, Darrion Bent and Carlton Cousins hitting the tape at 3:08.41s, to win their separate heats. The girls were up next in the 4 X 100m women’ heats. Lesline Gilzene, Kerron Stewart, Kenesha Stephens and Seidatha Palmer, could not take the baton all the way to the finish line, as Seidatha Palmer suffered a hamstring injury just after completing the final change and had to stop. Schillonie Calvert was denied her chance of running on a Racers 4 X 100m team. She was disappointed. Andre Wellington, Michael Frater, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake in that order, won their heat of the 4 X 100m men in 39.00s. The other team led by Mario Forsythe to Michael Frater to Kimmari Roach to Jazeel Murphy also won their heat in a time of 39.08s.
It was now time for the finals. The 4 X 100m for men was first. Welly was replaced by Kenroy Anderson. Although the first change was not as smooth as desired, Frater blasted on the backstretch to hand over to Warren who let loose the beast who finished the race with the team clocking 38.13s for their effort. The second Racers team in the event, Mario to Bailey-Cole to Kimmari to Daniel Bailey (Jazeel’s replacement) fumbled on the last change to finish third in 38.66s
The ladies were up next in the 4 X 400m relay for women. Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Gooden played her part and handed the baton in first place to Kerron Stewart. Although she was passed by the UTECH athlete, she showed that she was a fierce competitor and regained the leading position as she handed over to Rosemarie Whyte. Rosie increased the lead with a solid performance and gave Ristananna Tracey a comfortable lead to withstand the fast advancing Shericka Jackson and anchor the team to a record time of 3:29.88s.
The men must have thanked the heats runners who were not in the finals for their contribution before the first team of Annsert Whyte, Demar Murray, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake and the other with Nicholas Maitland, Riker Hylton, Peter Matthews and Allodin Fothergill, took to the track. The second team took the first place honours as they ran 3:05.10s with the other placing second with a 3:05.52s time.
Congratulations to all those who participated on and off the track.