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Who will take bragging rights in Johnny Hassan Relays?

Fire & Rescue Services'team (right) celebrate their victory in last year's relays but Police, are coming for revenge. PHOTO CREDIT: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It’s not just bragging rights up for grabs during Friday’s Johnny Hassan Relays , but also a $300 purse, that the former BVI Athletics Association President has put up to add even more spice to the event.

Just who will get bragging rights this year is very much down to the performance on the night, but last year the Fire and Rescue Service Department secured bragging rights after defeating Police in their first matchup in the Johnny Hassan Relays a year ago.

Police have ensured that a rematch is in the cards during the BVIAA organized event that starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.

Last year, Chief Fire Officer Zebalon McLean was at the starting line to give his boys the final pep talk and his B Team went on to win the 4 x 100m Relay in 48.89 seconds, with HM Customs placing second in 49.51 edging the Police Squad’s 49.84. Fire’s A Team finished in 51.09 while a female Softball squad ran 55.49.

But this time around, Police plan to make amends with a cast that has been working on being the top team and making their ranks proud.

The competition will also feature relays for U9 through open athletes in several disciplines, including 4x50, 4x100, 4x200 and Sprint Medley Relays.

Admission is $3 and food and drinks will be on sale.

Elsewhere in Track and Field the Territories athletes continued to shine overseas.

With Chantel Malone using a season's best to cut the sand at 6.45m in winning the New Mexico Classic Long Jump over the weekend.

In Boston, after running 7.50 seconds in the 60m prelims, Sprint Tech Track Club’s Karene King ran a personal best time of 7.48 to win the David Hemery Valentine invitational on Friday night. She also won the 200m in a season’s best 23.86.

Ashley Kelly was fourth overall in the 400m with a season's best of 55.46.

In the 60m dash, Fast Lane Track Club’s Shaquoy Stephens ran 6.88 seconds to win his heat and was third in finals. He ran 6.82 in the prelims. He also won his 200m heat in 21.93 seconds, the 17th best mark overall.

Cary High School Jr. Lakeisha "Mimi" Warner, was 3rd in the North Carolina State High School Indoor Championships 500m on Saturday, in 1 minute 16.59 seconds in her 1st season of indoor running. She then led off the Cary High School Girls 4x400m Relay team that placed second in a school record time of 3:55.37.

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