Despite rainy and windy conditions, the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association hosted its Cross-Country Championship on the outskirts of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Saturday, November 9.
Over 300 athletes participated as they looked to perform at a high level while gaining points for their respective schools.
There were eight divisions up for grabs – under-13 boys and girls; under-15 boys and girls; under-17 boys and girls; and under-20 boys and girls.
Winning the under-20 boys division was C.C. Sweeting Cobras athlete Douglas Cadet. He ran a time of 9:53.95 to hold off second place Valintino McDonald in the fourth and final lap.
McDonald, who represented the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves, finished with a time of 9:58.12.
Rounding out the podium finisher in that division was C.R. Walker Knights athlete Dino Desamours.
In the under-20 girls division, Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins athlete Kimoya Blake emerged as the winner with a time of 8:15.62.
In second place was the R.M. Bailey Pacers athlete Catherine Thurston in a time of 8:37.71. Her teammate Brynae Bastian was third as she ran 8:47.33.
The Knights was the best team that day, scoring 63 points. The Pacers came away with second place when they scored 66 points. The Stingrays finished third with 102 points.
C.I. Gibson Rattlers athlete Denzel Sawyer was the top under-17 boys finisher when he clocked 8:53.15. The closest competitor to him was C.V. Bethel Stingrays athlete Nathan Duncan Jr. He finished the race in 9:00.63.
Mystic Marlins athlete Johnathon Turner walked away with the bronze medal as he crossed the finish line more than a minute after Duncan Jr. Turner clocked 10:10.29.
The Rattlers won that division with 28 points.
It was a close finish in the under-17 girls as the winner finished under two seconds from the second-place finisher. The Timberwolves took home first place when Wynsome Penn crossed the finish line in 9:16.42.
Penn held off the Pacers’ Temetria Rigby who finished the race in 9:18.37. Third place was locked up by the Stingrays’ Lakeicia Lewis as she was 9:21.70.
The Knights scored 49 points as they won the division. The Rattlers was second with 89 points and the Timberwolves placed third with 93 points.
It was a quick two laps for T.A. Thompson Scorpions runner Niclaus Rodney, who ran a time of 6:52.57 to win the under-15 boys race. Following behind Rodney for second place was D.W. Davis Royals runner Frank Wallace. He clocked 7:01.17.
C.H. Reeves Raptors athlete Daniel Arty was third after he crossed the finish line in 7:04.27.
The Royals was the winner in the under-15 boys division. They accumulated 50 points. Second place was won by the Raptors with 55 points.
In the under-15 girls, Carlyssia Ambrister came out victorious for her S.C. McPherson Sharks, with a time of 8:38.48.
In second place was the Royals’ Glenria Goodridge, who ran the race in 8:54.64. Winning the bronze medal was the Raptors’ Laquay Kemp, who clocked 9:02.53.
That division was won by the Raptors, who scored 35 points. The Sharks finished second with 70 points.
Less than 15 seconds separated the top three finishers in the under-13 boys division. The Raptors’ Brayson Rolle had to fend off two Royals athletes to clock 4:45.12 to win that race.
The Royals’ Samuel Ariste crossed the finishing line in 4:53.72 to finish second place. Third place was Ariste’s teammate Sergio Bain. He clocked 4:59.84.
The Timberwolves won that division with 28 points.