Racers Track Club thrilled the 15,000 crowd at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston during the running of the 2013 Gibson Relays on Saturday 23 February with impressive wins in the men’s 4×100 and 4×400 metres relays and competitive runs in the women’s 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
A team of Mario Forsythe, Jazeel Murphy, Yohan Blake and Kemar Bailey-Cole running as Racers Lions won the men’s 4×100 in a world-leading time of 38.50 seconds. In second place was the Racers team of Kimmari Roach, Warren Weir, Kenroy Anderson and Daniel Bailey in 39.19.
The Racers Lions women’s team of Celia Walters, Schillonie Calvert, Kenesha Stephens and Seidatha Palmer won their sprint relay event in 44.29 seconds. In the preliminaries, Cache Ambrister ran the second leg instead of Calvert.
The men from Racers also went 1-2 in the 4×400 metres relay. The event was won by the Racers team of Allodin Fothergill, Riker Hylton, Peter Matthews and Edino Steele in 3:03.74. Hylton came into the final in place of Garfield German, who had run in the preliminaries in the morning. Edged into second place was the Racers Lions team of Dwight Mullings, Warren Weir, Demar Murray and Yohan Blake in 3:04.00. In the final, Weir and Blake replaced Darrion Bent and Usain Bolt who had run in the morning preliminaries. Both teams ran faster than the old record of 3:04.16 set in 2004 by a High Performance Training Centre team including Bolt and Jermaine Gonzales.
In the women’s 4×400 the Racers team of Mary-Jane Vincent, Rosemarie Whyte, Cache Ambrister and Ristananna Tracey was edged into second by a Utech team: 3:32.19 to 3:33.22.
In the men’s 100 metres, Brandon Tomlinson of Racers Lions came second in 10.48 seconds (wind +1.4).