Calabar High School could become the most successful high school 4×400 metres team in the history of the Penn Relays this week. Led by the outstanding Christopher Taylor, Calabar will bid for a record eighth Penn 4×400 metres when the Relays begin on April 27. Calabar go into battle with the fastest time of all entrants. Upset last year by Jamaica College, Calabar won at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 3.8:76 seconds ahead of a strong STETHS team that also went under 3.10 at 3 .9..97 seconds. The Calabar effort could have been faster as Taylor, who has run 45.41 for the flat 400m this season, cruised his anchor leg in 46.6 seconds. By contrast, the 2015 World Under 18 winner geared up to 45.1 seconds when he finished Jamaica’s bronze medal run at last year’s World Under-20 Championships. In-form Anthony Carpenter, the runner-up to Taylor at Champs in 46.53, 400m hurdlers Aykeeme Francis and Malik James-King and Brandon Heath are part of coach Michael Clarke’s deep squad. Should they succeed, Calabar would break their seven-win tie with Bishop Loughlin High School from Brooklyn. With the legendary Herb McKenley at the controls, Calabar finished first in 1976, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Clarke was in charge and directed wins in 2013 and 2015. St Jago were third at Champs and will reassemble their fastest team after lending Anthony Cox to medley relay duty there. A win for St Jago would bring the Monk Street school level with Calabar and Bishop Loughlin with seven Penn 4×400 victories. However, the most likely upsetters are STETHS with the Champs Class One 800m 1-2 finishers Rayon Butler and Javauney James.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed his excitement about playing Arsenal in the next round of the Carabao Cup.The two North London rivals face off next month in the quarterfinals of the League Cup and the Belgium international has revealed he can’t wait for the match.“They are very special, historical games, more than just a Premier League game,” says Alderweireld, according to Sky Sports News.“I feel fortunate to play those games and to be a part of it and looking forward to it very much.”Whatever the outcome of the game at the Emirates, though, Alderweireld assures Spurs fans the players are doing all they possibly can to end the club’s decade-wait for a trophy.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are doing everything we can to get, I think every team is doing this,” he says. “You do not overestimate the performance we did in the last couple of years.“If you do every point from the last four years, then we will be up there. So it is not one season we played well and then bad, no for a couple of seasons now we play on a high level.“And the next step is silverware and we are doing the best we can to achieve that.“We try to play good football – it is not easy, but we try and we can improve a lot more and we do the best we can.”
Plans for a developer to construct four office buildings inside the fence line at Naval Air Station Patuxent River under DOD’s enhanced use leasing (EUL) program continue to move forward despite resistance from the business community in southern Maryland.Hines is poised to reach a deal with the Navy to build four, 150,000-square-foot office buildings, an initiative Maryland officials and local advocates for the base favor as a way to enhance the mission at Pax River as a possible round of base closure looms, reported BayNet.com.The Navy needs the project, which has the potential to encompass seven sites and 2 million square feet of space, to accommodate 3,000 Naval Air Systems Command workers now housed in trailers on base. Local developers, however, fear the project would compete with vacant office space in the surrounding communities.To address the community’s concerns, Robin Finnacom, acting head of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, last month said in a memo: “The Navy is expected to lease all of the space to alleviate a chronic lack of office facilities. The EUL project is seen as critical to strengthening the Navy’s capacity to handle current and future projected levels of work and is considered necessary to improving Pax’s standing in any future rounds of BRAC.”The EUL project should help protect Pax River against that possibility that some of its activities are shifted elsewhere following the next BRAC round. “I don’t believe Pax River is under threat of closure,” said Michael Hayes, program director of the state office of military affairs.The first phase of its project would cover one of the office buildings, according to Hines. An agreement previously reached with the Navy would bar the project from including retail uses such as restaurants. County and Navy officials also plan to hammer out an agreement to compensate St. Mary’s for lost tax revenue.A Hines representative said he hopes to have a final EUL signed by all parties by the end of the summer, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR