With the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, the world famous Jamaican sprinters were not available to compete at the Armory Track and Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, February 6, 2016. However, as we say, “Jamaica no problem.”
Four very talented Jamaican born sprinters, who reside in the United States (USA), answered the call, rose to the occasion and carried the black, green and gold proudly by setting a National Record in the 4 X 200m contest with the time of 1 minute and 25.69 seconds. In an atmosphere similar to Penn Relays, a vast crowd celebrated as Jamaica won ahead of USA (2nd), Dominican Republic (DR, 3rd), Guyana (4th), Trinidad & Tobago (5th), and France (6th).
The eclectic Jamaican team is comprised of all college graduates, including, Romel Lewis from Maryland (starter); Kevin Thompson of New Jersey (2nd leg); Rayon Lawrence of Maryland (3rf leg); and Rushane Scott from Las Vegas (anchor). They met just two days prior, practiced less than one day and ran as a team for the first time. Regardless, their baton change was flawlessly executed.
Coach Evans is a former athlete of Jamaica and University of Arkansas, a member of Team Jamaica Bickle and recipient of numerous awards in New York including one from the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA). He has traveled worldwide as one of Jamaica’s national coaches and New York liaison for JAAA.