Preeminent Jamaican high school coach Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen High, is the latest Jamaican to be honored by the prestigious Penn Relays organization. He along with four other prominent contributors to track and field, will be given the title of honorary officials at the 2017 Penn Relays, which runs off tomorrow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. Dyke’s official title will be Honorary High School Girls’ Referee.
Michael Dyke with his victorious 4x400m team at the 2016 Penn Relays
The other four honorees in the 2017 class are; Executive VP of NBC - Peter Diamond, for his role in Olympics broadcast. He will be the Honorary Carnival Referee. Multiple record holder and Olympic champion Leroy Burrell, will be the Honorary College Referee for Relay Events. Former Penn Relays and NCCA long jump champion Ralph Spry, who has coached 29 individual NCAA champions, will wear the hat of Honorary College Referee for Individual Events while former Pennsylvania coach of the year, Dr. Robert Beale, will be the Honorary High School Boys’ Referee.
In honoring Dyke, the Penn Relays organization noted that his team – “Edwin Allen, has won six of the past eight sprint relay championships, 15 overall Championship of Americas and 11 individual titles in high jump, long jump, discus and hurdles.” They also pointed out that his Clarendon school is the defending champion of Girls Champs for the fourth consecutive year.
Speaking from his team’s base in Philadelphia, the Jamaican honoree said he was “excited” to learn that his hard work is being appreciated by the Penn Relays and that he was “looking forward to the official role at the championships.” The presentation ceremony will take place at 3 pm on Saturday at Franklin Field, right after the USA vs Rest of the World Women’s 4x400