EDWIN Allen High’s girls’ track and field head coach, Michael Dyke, will have added motivation when he attends the 123rd staging of the Penn Relays next week in Franklin Field, Pennsylvania. Dyke will become the latest local coach to be recognised for his team’s outstanding performances at the relay carnival as he will be the 2017 high school girls Penn Relays honorary referee. “On Monday I got a call from Dave Johnson, the high school co-ordinator of the carnival, informing me that I will be the honorary girls’ coach referee. “When I got the call at first I was a bit nervous wondering if something had gone wrong with my entries,” said Dyke. “However, when I got the news I was elated knowing that my hard work and sacrifice have paid off and this is an honour for me and I appreciate this.” Since making his first visit with coach of Edwin Allen in 1995, Dyke’s team have landed 15 Championships of America Relay wins. This includes five each in the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m. In addition, athletes from his teams have also landed several individual titles in the long jump, high jump, discus throw and 400m hurdles. Olympian Ristananna Tracy still holds the record in the latter event when she did 56.17 seconds in 2011. Another Edwin Allen standout, Sherene Pinnock, has the seconbd fastest time, 56.90, in 2006.