Athletics

Immaculate relishing best-ever Penn Relays

Sunday, April 28, 2019

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PHILADELPHIA, USA — Immaculate Conception High will remember the 2019 staging of the Penn Relays fondly as they had their best-ever results with two wins — Danielle Sloley in the high school girls' shot put on Thursday, and the 4x100m international relays on Friday.

Franz Ford, the head coach, was beside himself with joy on Friday as he watched the foursome of Onanda Lowe, Chanel Honeywell, Shantelle Riley and Gabrielle Lyn run 46.32 seconds to edge The Queen's School on the line, as seven Jamaican school finished in order.

“Its God, its God,” Ford told the Jamaica Observer. “The girls have been working really hard and the coaches have been working overtime to give the girls this opportunity,” he added.

After just failing to make it to the Championship of America finals after finishing 13th over all, Ford said: “When we never made the Championships finals, we said 'it's ok, it's fine'... Last year we were second in the International and we said here we are again, we are going to go ahead and win this time. We know the other girls were there. They were older and more experienced and bigger than us, but if it's one thing i can tell you is that coach Floyd Quarrie works very hard with these girls and it paid off, and we are very excited,” noted Ford.

— Paul Reid


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