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Belize participates in Penn Relays track and field competition for 1st time

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018. 9:19 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: For the first time, Belize will participate in the Penn Relays.

The Penn Relays (also Penn Relays Carnival) is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States.

 It has been an annual event since 1895 at the Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Participants gather from various high schools, colleges and track clubs from North America and also internationally including: Jamaica, Trinidad, St. Vincent and now Belize.

Track Athletes from the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School will be participating in this year’s 124th Penn Relays.

The team received full support from the administration of the high school and their principal, Dr. Jeremy Cayetano; Vice Principal, Gregory Ovado and Athletics Director Gary Francisco.

A team of seven young men will be traveling to Pennsylvania to be a part of the historic event: Kendale Nunez, Quincy Coleman, Nigel Rodriguez, Myreque Francis, Michael Palacio, Denille Flores, and Javier Millian.

Among other events, they will participate in the 4×400, and the 4×100 track events.

The Belizean athletes were also guided by James Cordice.

Cordice is a Garifuna, Vincentian born, living in Pennsylvania, who was successful in getting Vincentian high schools to participate in Penn Relays.

His vision, because of his connection to the Garifuna people, was to also get high schools in Belize involved in this historical track meet.

Ecumenical High School will be the first from Belize to be a part of this event.

The school hopes that more high schools will follow suit and also express their interest in this event.

The Penn Relays will commence on Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The athletes are expected to travel by Monday, April 23.

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