PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes turned in a number of respectable performances at the 125th running of the Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, over the weekend, despite the rain and weather challenges.
“It was a satisfying performance overall but I expected a bit more,” said UB Athletics Head Coach Ednol Rolle.
On the main day of competition for the Mingoes, on Friday, the facility was drenched and temperatures dipped in the low 60’s. There were also two weather delays on Friday because of rain and lightning.
Coach Rolle also felt that weather played a huge part in national record holder in the decathlon Ken Mullings not repeating as Penn Relays Champion. Despite not clearing any height in the pole vault, Mullings still finished the decathlon competition with 6,649 points – 143 points behind the winner. Christopher Gabor from Mount St. Mary’s won the event with 6,792 points, and Mullings took the silver.
“This again was weather working on him during the competition,” Rolle said. “As he approached on his final attempt the pole slipped and he almost hurt himself.”
In the college men’s 4×100 meters (m) event, the team of Kendrick Thompson, Anthony Adderley, Yurick Dean and Clyde McKenzie won their heat in 42.53 seconds on Friday, and ended up 32nd overall out of 64 teams.
“We performed pretty well for a team that was running in the rain,” said third-leg runner Yurick Dean.
In the college men’s 4x200m event, the team of Adderley, Dean, Thompson, and Verdell McIntosh had some clean exchanges and finished in a time of 1:26.65. The team ended up 12th overall out of 32 teams.
Coach Rolle said he had hoped for more from the team.
“The weather conditions and the boys having to come in so late at night and then having to get right back up to run the next morning affected their performance,” he said. “I had a better team on paper this year in the 4×200 after making the top eight last year and this year we only got 12th with a better team. That told me that under the conditions they were not able to perform at their best.”
Lead-off runner Adderley said he believes the team did the best they could.
“The guys had good exchanges,” he said, “but I think the weather played a big part in us not performing as best as we could.”
In the college men’s sprint medley, the team of Adderley, Donya Roberts, Brandon Hanna and Tyler Gardiner finished in a time of 3:37.17. They were third in the second heat of that event and 10th overall. The sprint medley is run in legs of 200m, 200m, 400m and 800m.
“The weather was playing a big factor in how we performed,” said Hanna who ran the 400m leg of the medley. “I use the analogy that in the last 100 meters a monkey jumped on my back and I just couldn’t get it off.”
In the college women’s 4x200m event, the team of Destiny Pratt, Gabrielle Shannon, Romica Josey and Alexandria Strachan ran 1:44.39 to finish 26th overall. There were 41 teams entered.
In the college women’s 4x400m event, the team of Amber Ford, Josey, Jodie Miller, and Shannon finished sixth in the fifth heat and 44th overall in a time of 4:00.41. There were 60 teams entered.
In the college women’s sprint medley, the team of Strachan, Shannon, Josey and Ford finished in a time of 4:07.23. They finished eighth in the Championship of America Invitational event.
“We could have had better exchanges but we did the best we could have in the rain,” said team captain and anchor leg runner Amber Ford. “I think we performed okay. We could have done much better if we had a little more relay training but we had a great performance.”
The highlight of the team’s overall performance was a second place finish from Mullings in the college men’s decathlon despite not recording a height in the pole vault.
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