Fast-forward to Penn with Edwin Allen’s 4×800

first_imgSome of our high-school coaches are already thinking ahead to the 123rd staging of the world-renowned Penn Relays. In fact, Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School has been planning for the Penn 4×800 metres since the start of the year. After a fine run by his team last Saturday, his plans may have to be upgraded. Ashanni Robb, Kara Grant, Kayann Green and Cemore Donald won the eight-lap event at the Gibson McCook Relays in eight minutes 47.71 seconds over a stubborn Holmwood Technical High School team. The runner-up school harried Edwin Allen past a meet record set by Holmwood in 2006. The reward for the 2017 Holmwood girls was a fine time of 8 minutes 49.71 seconds. In an interview in January after a loss to Holmwood at the Central Hurdles and Relays, Dyke revealed that he is programming his team to peak at Penn. Met with the suggestion that his 4×800 team could speed this season, he said, “I definitely think so and I’d be disappointed if we don’t win the 4×8 this year, especially at the Penn Relays”, said the soft-spoken Dyke, “because that’s what we are gearing towards; and the sort of experience and quality that we have, there’s no reason that we should not.” The Gibson McCook victory snapped a two-meet losing streak Holmwood had over Edwin Allen. While he acknowledges that his rivals are very good, Dyke reported, “I normally start the season like that, especially in the 4×8 – touch and go and feel out persons – but I know the complete four that will eventually mature into the top team when it’s necessary.” Holmwood had beaten Dyke’s team at the Central meet and the Western Relays with nearly identical times of 8.57.50 and 8.57.54. At Gibson McCook, Holmwood improved their season’s best by approximately eight seconds but lost. Grant keyed the Edwin Allen success with her strong second-leg run of two minutes 09.1 seconds. If Dyke’s January projections are anything to go by, his team’s performance at Gibson McCook would have been a surprise. Asked then if his 2017 unit could challenge the Penn Relay record of 8 minutes 37.71 seconds set by Vere Technical in 1991, he said, “I don’t think it will be that easy to run that fast with this team.” He added, “but I’m optimistic, and anything is possible.” He was right. Asked in January how fast the team would run at the 41st staging of the venerable Jamaican relay event, he said, “Well, we are in about 8.50, thereabouts, based on our preparations and where we’re at.” “So I think 8.50 would be a good time for us at the Gibson McCook Relays,” he concluded. Vere, Edwin Allen and Holmwood are the fastest three schools in Penn 4×800 history. In addition to the record held by Vere, a Ristananna Tracey-anchored 2011 Edwin Allen team completed the journey in 8 minutes 39.22 seconds, with Holmwood clocking 8.41.92 in 2008. – H.L. Losing streaklast_img read more

Update: Weekend Apartment Fires

first_imgAgain in this case, all of the building’s residents were safely evacuated, without any serious injuries reported.They’ve been asked to contact Li-Car management for updates at 250-785-2662…and, police continue to take public information assistance calls at 250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477. Sterling Management offices on 100th street are closed to the general public today, as the company continues to focus on helping displaced residents of the 93rd avenue apartment complex, which for all practical purposes was destroyed by a Friday night fire.About 60 tenants are looking for a new place to live, and Sterling believes it has enough vacancies at other locations in the city to accommodate them all.However, since many of the fire victims did not have tenant’s insurance, donations are continuing to be accepted at the Toten Mall drop off location behind the Staples outlet set up during the weekend.- Advertisement -As for the fire, there’s a chance the cause may never be known because the structural damage…particularly at the north end of the complex, facing 93rd avenue…is so severe, Deputy Fire Chief, Curtis Redpath, has speculated a safe on-site inspection of the ruins may not be possible.As reported earlier, this fire followed another one associated with an explosion at an apartment complex on 102nd avenue between 100th and 98th streets, at about 7 o’clock on Friday night.The RCMP has said drug activity in one of suites may have been the cause, but that has not yet been confirmed.Advertisementlast_img read more