College Men's 4x100 (Heats)
333Friday 12:35 PM
Nine fastest teams from events #333 qualify for Championship Invitational, Event #461 (Saturday, 1:40 pm). Next eight fastest teams qualify for College Final, Event #460 (Saturday, 1:37 pm). Next eight fastest IC4A teams qualify for IC4A Final, Event #459 (Saturday, 1:35 pm).
The University of Technology, located in Kingston, currently has the world’s leading time in the men’s 4x1, 38.23, run in January at the Gibson Relays in Kingston, in a race in which the squad of Andrew Fisher, Julian Forte, Kemarley Brown and Tyquendo Tracey held off the Usain Bolt-anchored Racers TC by .06.
That time is well under the Penn Relays meet record of 38.68, set 14 years ago by TCU. U-Tech just missed that mark a year ago when it won the Relays in 38.71. Fisher, Forte and Tracey all return from that team. For Fisher 2015 will be an attempt to win his third championship in the event, as he was a member of U-Tech’s 2013 winning squad as well. The Jamaican school has now won the 4x1 five times. LSU and TCU have won the most times, nine apiece.
LSU, which last won the 4x1 in 2011, enters this year’s Relays with the #2 domestic college time, 38.93. Coach Dennis Shaver’s squad was a close 2nd a year ago, running 38.83. The Tigers expect to run a lineup of Josh Thompson, Vernon Norwood, Tremayne Acy and Aaron Ernest.
The leading U.S. college entry is Coach Pat Henry’s Texas A&M squad, which won last month’s Texas Relays in 38.91, .02 up on rival LSU. A&M, which last won at Penn in 2010, has not made the final here the past two seasons because of dropped batons in the preliminary round. A&M has a lineup of Devin Jenkins, Shavez Hart, Bralon Taplin and Deon Lendore.
Other leading entries in the event this year include Florida State, led by the national high school record holder in the men’s 100, the freshman Trentavis Friday; Clemson, 5th at Texas Relays and the 1999 champions, and St. Augustine’s, last year’s NCAA Division II champions. Florida State has never won the 4x1 at the Relays.