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Jamaica win 2 relays at the USA vs. the World competition

Jamaica won two of the six relays at the annual USA versus the World competition on Saturday at the 125 Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Both Jamaican victories came from the women’s team.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce led off the Jamaican team in the USA vs. the World Women 4×100 to a lead it never relinquished as Jamaica record victory in 43.19 seconds. Natasha Morrison, Shillonie Calvert, and Shasha Lee Forbes were the other members of the team.

Canada with Farah Jacques, Crystal Emmanuel, Shaina Harrison, and Khamica Bingham finished second in 44.37, while USA Red, one of two American teams in the line-up, with Dezerea Bryant, Aaliyah Brown, Destiny Carter and Taylor Bennett came home third in 44.40.

Jamaica's women's 4x400m team (from left) Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell, Christine Day and Stephenie McPherson.

Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m team (from left) Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell, Christine Day and Stephenie McPherson.

Jamaica Gold, one of two Jamaican teams in the USA vs. the World Women 4×400, received consistency throughout the line-up and breezed to victory in 3 minutes, 28.94 seconds

Shericka Jackson (51.6), Janieve Russell (52.5), Christine Day (52.41) and Stephenie McPherson (52.47) were the members of Jamaica Gold.

Jamaica Green with Roneisha McGregor (53.7), Anatasia Leroy (52.3), Rhonda Whyte (53.21) and Tiffany James (51.78) finished second in 3 minutes 31.04.

Canada with Madeline Price (52.8), Aiyanna-Brigit Stiverne (53.8), Travia Jones (52.56) and Maya Stephens (52.52) finished third in 3 minutes 31.63 seconds.

The United States won three of the relays.

The United States victories came in the USA vs. the World Men 4×100, USA vs. the World Men 4×400 and the USA vs. the World Women Sprint Medley

With Chris Belcher leading off and veteran Mike Rodgers on the anchor leg in the USA vs. the World Men 4×100, USA Red rolled to victory in 38.80 seconds. Canada (38.94) and USA Blue (39.16) finished second and third.

Jamaica Green with Nesta Carter, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer, and Nigel Ellis finished fourth in 39.26, while Jamaica Gold with Jevaughn Minzie, Chadic Hinds, Kenroy Anderson, and Chad Walker came home fifth in 39.84.

In the USA vs. the World Men 4×400, USA Red with My’lik Kerley (47.2), Michael Cherry (44.3), Dontavius Wright (45.09) and Je’Von Hutchison (46.15) secured victory in 3 minutes, 02.70 seconds. Canada (3:04.52) and The Bahamas (3:05.58) finished second and third.

Jamaica with Demish Gaye (46.7), Fitzroy Dunkley (46.2), Rusheen McDonald (45.59) and Anthony Carpenter (47.48) clocked 3 minutes, 05.93 for fourth place.

Team USA salvaged their only win on the women’s side in the last event when Raevyn Rogers matched her scintillating 400m anchor leg of a year ago to overtake Jamaica for the sprint medley crown in 1 minute, 37.87 seconds.

The Jamaican quartet of Gayon Evans, Sherone Simpson, Ronda Whyte, Verone Chambers clocked 1 minute, 39.57 seconds for the runner up spot. Canada finished third in 1 minute 40.42.

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