Jamaica’s Hydel Put on a Show at Penn Relays 2024

For the 128th staging of the iconic Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Jamaica’s Hydel girls put on a show in Philadelphia.

Penn Relays 2024 – (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Penn Relays 2024 – (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Penn Relays 2024 – (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

High School Girls’ 4×100 Meter Relay – Championship of America

On the second day of the three-day competition, Hydel blazed to victory with a time of 44.71 seconds in the 4×100 meter dash high school girls Championship of America presented by Toyota.  There was much anticipation in the run-up to this exciting marquis race event, in which Shemonique Hazle, Alliah Baker, Shania Myers, and Jody-Ann Daley thrilled the frenzied crowd with blazing speed and expert baton passing while streaking to victory.  At that, the St Catherine-based school Hydel successfully defended their 4×100 meter dash title—which they won at last year’s Penn Relays for the first time.

Jamaica’s Hydel Girls from left to right Shania Myers, Jody-Ann Daley, Alliah Baker, and Shemonique Hazle – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Alliah Baker – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Alliah Baker readies for the first stick exchange from Shemonique Hazle – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Alliah Baker readies for the first stick exchange from Shemonique Hazle – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Victorious Hydel Girls Shania Myers, Alliah Baker, Shemonique Hazle, and Jody-Ann Daley 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Victorious Hydel Girls Alliah Baker, Shemonique Hazle, Shania Myers, and Jody-Ann Daley – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Victorious Hydel Girls Shania Myers, Shemonique Hazle, Jody-Ann Daley, and Alliah Baker – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Victorious Hydel Girls Shania Myers, Shemonique Hazle, Shania Myers, Jody-Ann Daley, and Alliah Baker – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Victorious Hydel Girls Alliah Baker, Shania Myers, Jody-Ann Daley, and Shemonique Hazle – 4×100 Meter Dash High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Meanwhile, the Edwin Allen girls—who were aiming for their sixth victor in the 4×100 event—took silver in second place with a time of 44.96 seconds.  The Edwin Allen quartet featured Trezeguet Taylor, Theianna-Lee Terrelonge, Renecia Edwards, and Jounee Armstrong

Edwin Allen (Trezeguet Taylor, Renecia Edwards, Jounee Armstrong, and Theianna-Lee Terrelonge) before competing in the 4×100 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Finishing in the third position, and also hailing from Jamaica with a time of 45.14 seconds was St. Jago, whose quartet consisted of Briana Campbell, Adora Campbell, Bryana Davidson, and Quanna Walker.

St. Jago (Bryana Davidson, Briana Campbell, Adora Campbell, and Quanna Walker) before competing in the 4×100 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

High School Girls’ 4×400 Meter Relay – Championship of America

In the 4×400 meter relay dash high school girls Championship of America, the robust crowd onlooking the track were again wowed by the Hydel girls—which demonstrated yet another dominant performance.  Their triumphant squad was comprised of Jody-Ann Daley, Abigail Campbell, Nastassia Fletcher, and Alliah Baker.  Collectively, they clocked a time of 3 minutes and 34.78 seconds. 

4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Abigail Campbell – 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Nastassia Fletcher – 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Nastassia Fletcher and Abigail Campbell after clinching victory – 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Victorious Hydel Girls from left to right, Jody-Ann Daley, Nastassia Fletcher, Alliah Baker, and Abigail Campbell – 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Indeed, the 4×400 meter relay event was a thrilling one in that the Bullis School from the State of Maryland threatened all throughout and asserted a strong challenge leading up to the finish line.  However, Bullis was fended off admirably by Hydel’s phenom runner Alliah Baker whose overall performances at Penn Relays 2024 were nothing short of epic. 

Hydel’s Alliah Baker after her triumph in the 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hydel’s Alliah Baker after her triumph in the 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

And so, Bullis’ squad comprised of Tatum Lynn, Sydney Sutton, Kennedy Brown, and Morgan Rothwell finished in second place closely behind Alliah Baker and Hydel with a time of 3:35.17. 

Bullis (Tatum Lynn, Sydney Sutton, Kennedy Brown, and Morgan Rothwell) after finishing second in the 4×400 Meter Relay High School Girls’ Championship of America (Penn Relays 2024 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Coming in third was New Jersey’s Union Catholic (Taylor Aska, Sydney Chadwick, Abriyah Thompson, Rhia Randolph) followed by Jamaica’s Edwin Allen high school girls—whose team was made up of Natasha Fox, Kelly-Ann Carr, Shanique Beckford, and Tonyan Beckford.

Union Catholic from New Jersey secured the third position in 3:41.75. Taylor Aska, Sydney Chadwick, Abriyah Thompson, and Rhia Randolph made up their team. Respectively, St. Elizabeth Tech and Timber Creek from New Jersey rounded out the top six.

Photos by Nick Ford

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