Trott and Breary in comfortable victories
Training partners Sean Trott and Deon Breary made winning look all too easy in yesterday’s season opening Labor Day 5K Road Race.
Both runners showed few signs of accumulated ring rust from the off season en route to winning their respective divisions convincingly in the absence of a number of elite male and female runners.
Perhaps the pair’s biggest adversary on the racecourse was the hot and humid conditions which seemed to take a bigger toll on Trott, who claimed overall honors in a time of 26 minutes and 48 seconds.
“If the conditions had been a little cooler I would’ve gone for a sub-26 minute finish. I started out at the type of pace but then two miles into the race I figured that was too much in this heat and I might not finish,” he said.
“But considering the conditions I was very pleased with my time. It felt good.”
Trott was pushed in the early stages of the race by another fellow training partner, Chayce Smith, who eventually fell off the pace as the heat took its toll.
“We were just going to work together the whole race and if I felt good I’d try and take it two or three miles in, which is what I did. I didn’t hear of Chayce anymore and I think he may have succumbed to the heat,” Trott said.
Juma Mouchette, 16, (30.48) was the second runner and first male master to cross the finish line outside BIU headquarters followed by William Wood (32.09) who rounded off the top three finishers.
“The conditions were a bit hot but I’ve been training all summer and so it seemed natural to me,” said Mouchette.
“There was one or two parts of the race where I was a little tired. But I just stuck it out and kept going to the end.”
First female finisher Breary simply had things all her own way.
The Jamaican-born athlete, who was also the first female master across the line, stopped the clock in 33 minutes and 45 seconds to get her season off to a winning start.
“It was just a little fun run and I really didn’t have to push myself because most of the top athletes were not out there,” she said. “The conditions was a bit challenging because the humidity was really high. But the body felt good and I ran a comfortable race.”
Carla Colbourne (38.10) and Marielynn Dore (40.37) were the second and third female finishers, while Sinclair Smith (58.32) and Sheila Young (one hour and four seconds) were the first male and female walkers across the line.