2018 Gibson McCook Relays Preview

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Raymond “KC” Graham
May 26, 2018

FANS attending this year’s staging of the Gibson McCook Relays are in store for something special as history is in the making from the top female and male high school teams in the country, Edwin Allen and Calabar.

Both schools are expected to produce history making performances and with the new relay exchange zone rule which became the effective last November when the technical committee of the IAAF removed the 10 metres acceleration zone and instead made the entire relay exchange zone 30 metres this will de nitely help both teams to produce special moments.

A year ago a Class 111 4x100 metres quartet from Edwin Allen created history when they became the  rst team at this level to go sub 45 seconds after clocking 44.91 seconds to put their names in the record books. Fast forward one year later and signs are that another quartet from the same school is set to go much faster and put that record out of reach as 44.5 or lower is in the making.

At all Development Meet so far this season Edwin Allen Class 111 girls have totally dominated the 100 metres despite most of them just entering the Class for the first time. ­ They showed at the Milo Western Relays that they are ready for super time in the event this season as the quartet of Selecia Myles, Serena Cole and twin sisters Tia and Tina Clayton went sub 45 seconds by winning in a new record of 44.93 seconds. De nitely this team can go faster and fans will be treated to something special.

At the Penn Relays last year Calabar High school became the fastest ever schoolboy team in the sprint relay as they had the thousands of fans talking for a long time after a record run of 39..00 seconds in the 4x100m relay, ­ e big question on everyone lips coming into this season is, can Calabar become the  rst schoolboy team to go sub 39 seconds? Yes indeed this is a reality as the same quartet of Tyreke Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens and Dejour Russell will be back. Add to this group, Anthony Carpenter and  rst-year Class 1 athlete, Rosean Young who has shown great improvement so far.

At the Camperdown Classics, the quartet of Russell, Young, Carpenter and Stephens gave the fans a teaser as they stopped the clock at 40.12 seconds to win that event. ­ e Gibson Relay record of 39.32 seconds set by a Calabar quartet in 2015 is in danger here. With both Taylor and Wilson looking set to join up with Russell and Stephens this could be a special moment. ­ is quartet has been together since their Class 111 days and they do have good synergy and should continue their record breaking feat they have achieved over the years. ­The question that will be asked here is not if they can break the record but if they can go sub 39 seconds. De nitely this is a possibility and with no acceleration zone to think about coach Michael Clarke must be relishing this special moment as he can fully now maximize that 30 metres distance with the likes of Taylor and Stephens expected to do most of the work.

While both Calabar and Edwin Allen are expected to have the large crowd in a frenzy it should be excitement galore in the other events, especially among the females where four teams in Hydel, Holmwood, St. Jago and Edwin Allen are set for  reworks as team will be hoping to score psychological advantages going into the Grace ISSA Boy’s and Girl’s Championships in what could be four the hard way.

Raymond KC Graham has had a successful career as a hurdling coach producing several champions at the high school level. At St. Jago High he was responsible for the success of the likes of Natasha Ruddock and Melaine Walker .He also had success at Kingston College with Omar McLeod. His latest success came with former Vere Technical athlete, Britany Dixon who now attends Camperdown. Anderson won gold in the 100 metres hurdles at the IAAF world Under 18 Championships last year in Nairobi.