After knocking on the door for several years, GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had their greatest moment at the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays last week with a win and several top-three finishes, ending as the most successful Jamaican college team in Philadelphia. The Maurice Wilson-coached team had its biggest moment in the Championship of America men’s college 4×100 metres. Entering the meet as the second ranked team, the team of Colin King, Chadic Hinds, Everton Clarke, and Brandon Tomlinson clocked 39.31 seconds to defeat the University of Houston, who finished second in 39.49 seconds. Defending champions University of Technology were fifth in 39.73 seconds. Meanwhile, Andre Clarke was second in the collegiate 400 metres hurdles while Aubrey Allen, Orrin Powell and the men’s 4×400 metres team all finished third. Powell threw 70.35 metres in the javelin; Allen cleared 15.83 metres in the triple jump; while the 4x 400 metres team clocked 3:08.19. Wilson was pleased with the team’s achievement. “We have worked hard all year and we are extremely thankful to God who played a pivotal role in our success,” said Wilson, who is also the technical leader of Jamaica’s senior athletics team. Meanwhile, the University of West Indies duo of Fedrick Dacres (65.19) and Traves Smikle (63.42) finished one-two in the college men’s discus. The University of Technology had two individual second places. Megan Simmonds was second in the college women’s 100-metre hurdles in 13.24 seconds, the same time done by winner, Sasha Wallace of the University of Oregon. Shimarya Williams clocked 11.54 seconds in the women’s 100 metres, behind winner Gabrielle Farquharson of Rutgers in 11.36 seconds. UTech’s 4×200 metres female team anchored by Shericka Jackson finished second in 1:32.69, behind Tennessee in 1:31.84.
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will not travel to the United States for the club’s pre-season tour after sustaining a calf problem on his return to training from a close season break, the La Liga champions said on Monday.The Argentine forward experienced discomfort in his right leg during Monday’s training session and tests confirmed that the 32-year-old had suffered a grade one calf strain, forcing him out of the tour.Messi will remain in Barcelona… his availability to come back to action will be dictated by his recovery, Barcelona said in a statement on their website.Barcelona are set to travel to the U.S. later on Monday, with two friendly matches scheduled against Italian Serie A side Napoli on Aug. 7 (Miami) and 10 (Michigan).Messi was banned from international duty for three months and fined $50,000 after levelling accusations of corruption at South American soccer chiefs during last month’s Copa America.He was sent off against Chile in the third-place playoff and later alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favour of hosts Brazil, who defeated Argentina in the semi-final on their way to the title.Read more | Community Shield: Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to lift titleAlso see: