After a quiet season, Dyke finally showed his hand in the 4×400 metres. They came to the Relays as underdogs despite retaining three members of last year’s winning team as St Elizabeth Technical, with the hot Junelle Bloomfield on their team, were howling favourites to bring home their first title in the event. However, Dyke silenced the very overconfident St Elizabeth Technical. It was a plucky Holmwood Technical who gave them much to worry about. Holmwood, the record holders in the event, looked like pulling off a win, but their outstanding Ashley Williams fell on the anchor leg and Edwin Allen went on to win in 3:40.88. St Elizabeth Technical was second in 3:41.17, with Union Catholic out of New Jersey third in 3:42.59. Unlucky, Holmwood ended at the back of the field in 4:03.74. Shannon Kalawan, who ran the third leg for her team, was delighted with the win. “We came to Penn Relays as underdogs, but we were very confident that we would have won. I am extremely happy that I played my part by giving the team the lead, and it was good to be on the podium for the second time on the day, and I want to give God thanks for this,” said Kalawan, who finished second in the 400 metres hurdles on Thursday’s opening day. The other members of the team were Joneil Moore and Davia Smith. PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Edwin Allen High’s girls were brilliant on yesterday’s penultimate day of competition at the 122nd renewal of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia yesterday. The Clarendon-based school had two three-peats as they captured the 4x100m and 4x400m for the third consecutive year at the prestigious relay carnival. Unlike Thursday’s opening day when it was very cold, things warmed up yesterday and this lifted the performances. Despite coming into the finals of the 4×100 metres as the second-fastest qualifiers behind Holmwood Technical, Edwin Allen had few problems in achieving victory. They shrugged off early pressure from first-time finalists St Catherine High on the first two legs. Then the classy Shellece Clarke on the third leg put her team into the lead. Khamoy Farquharson on anchor then coasted home as Edwin Allen clocked to win in 45.73 seconds. St Catherine finished second in 46.11, with Nansemond River out of Virginia third in 46.26. Holmwood were fifth in 46.66 and Green Island seventh in 47.85. The other members of the winning Edwin Allen team were Kasheika Cameron and Patrice Moodie. Coach Dyke hailed his girls as before the race, he had told them that winning was the main focus. “Based on the preliminary round, we were very confident of victory, and with the type of weather, I told the girls that our main focus was just to win. The time was not important as the objective was for them to get on top of the podium,” said Dyke, who added that his young team could win the event for another three years. UNDERDOGS IN RELAYS
zoom In the third quarter of 2017 Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) was the most reliable carrier with a schedule reliability score of 83.3%.Evergreen and Wan Hai were the second most reliable carriers scoring 82.5% each, followed by APL and HMM with 82.3% and 82.0%, respectively, according to the data provided by SeaIntel.During the quarter, 11 of the top-18 carriers saw a quarter-on-quarter improvement in their reliability scores, while the scores declined for 6 carriers, albeit by small margins, and Hapag Lloyd recorded no change from Q2, 2017.No carriers saw a positive year-on-year change in schedule reliability with the biggest year-on-year decreases recorded by MOL, UASC and K Line, with drops of 15.1, 14.4, and 13.8 percentage points, respectively.On-time performance was based on 38,595 separate vessels arrivals, SeaIntel said.Schedule reliability in Asia-USWC improved by 4.3 percentage points Q/Q, reaching 80.8% in Q3, 2017, recording a Y/Y decline of 7.6 percentage points.Niche carrier Matson recorded schedule reliability of 100%, followed by ZIM and HMM with 97.3% and 91.4%, respectively.In Asia-USEC on-time performance decreased from 72.4% in Q2 to 70.4% in Q3, deteriorating significantly by 16.9 percentage points on a Y/Y level. During the quarter, Evergreen, CMA CGM, COSCO, and APL were the most reliable carriers on this trade lane with reliability scores of 83.2% each.On-time performance in Asia-North Europe continued improving, increasing by 2.4 percentage points in Q3 to 77.5%, bringing it closer to the on-time performance of 80.6% recorded in the same quarter in 2016. The most reliable carriers were OOCL, Evergreen, and APL, all with a score of 87.7%.In Q3, schedule reliability in Asia-Mediterranean increased to 77.2%, which corresponds to a Q/Q increase of 5.1 percentage points, 5.7 percentage points below 82.8% recorded in Q3, 2016.ZIM was the most reliable carrier on this trade lane with schedule reliability score of 85.6%, followed by Maersk Line with 84.3%.Global schedule reliability improved marginally by 0.2 percentage points from 74.5% in Q2 to 74.7% in Q3.On a year-on-year level, schedule reliability recorded in Q3 was 10.6 percentage points lower than last year.