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Exciting races as cross-country series continues

Cross-country racing continued at the Arboretum (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The second Bermuda National Athletics Association Cross-Country race of the season was hosted by the DNA Track Club at the Arboretum on Saturday.

The event welcomed 97 competitors in eight age categories, evenly spaced to ensure compliance with Covid-19 requirements and each competitor and official completing an antigen test before the first race.

In the under-10 boys division, Roan Davidge, age 9, of Saltus posted his second win of the season, as he completed the 1½-mile course in a time of 10min 50sec. Seven-year-old Liam Horrobin of MAAC followed closely behind in a time of 11:22, while eight-year-old Luke Thompson of MAAC rounded out the top three with a time of 12:04.

DNA runners led the under-10 girls division where eight-year-old Solae Goater and nine-year-old Elena Bortili finished first and second in times of 11:29 and 11:59 respectively. Poppy Eva Wright of MAAC finished third in 13:37.

In the boys 10-11 age group, ten-year-old Chavi Pacheco of DNA, ran a blistering pace of 9:49 over the 1½-mile course to win comfortably over 11-year-old Isaac Todd of Saltus and ten-year-old Max Parry of MAAC who battled each other for second place. Todd took second in a time of 10:24 with Parry finishing third in 10:36.

In the 10-11 girls’ age group, Antoinette Barry of Pacers recorded a good winning time of 11:07, followed closely by Zayri Lawrence of Dash in 11:19. Last week’s winner Kelise Wade completed the podium finishers with a time 11:22.

The boys 12-13 competitors ran a two-mile course with 12-year-old Cameron Adkins of MAAC recording a winning time of 13:70 to outpace team-mates Tom Hyland (13:17.90) and Christian Piney (13:45).

Jaeda Grant of the Pacers continued her dominance of the 12-13 girls division with a winning time of 12:55.04. S’Nya Cumbermack of Saltus was second in 13:43.10 and Freja Dzurus third in 16:11.30.

The 14-16 boys ran a three-mile course with 16-year-old Pacers member, J’Auza James, once again showing he is on a mission to be part of the 2022 Carifta team, by running a winning time of 18:39.23. Tajahri Rodgers of DNA continues to show good progress in this age group, clocking a time of 19:24.04 to take second, while 16-year-old Tajai Goater of DNA finished third in 19:53.92.

The 14-16 girls girls also ran the three mile course with 16-year-old Shayla Cann of Pacers winning in a time of 22:45.05. Carina Bortoli of DNA finished second in 23:53.61 and 14-year-old Fenella Wightman third in 25:40.22.

Tommy Marshall of DNA picked up another victory in the boys 17–19 race, completing the course comfortably in 18:51.49 despite battling with asthma. He was followed by Sancho Smith of Pacers in 19:16.52 and Yari Tucker, who finished third in 23:28.62.

In the 17-19 girls category, Meron Simons of DNA clocked a time of 26:26:28, while in the men’s open division, Martin Wolffe completed the four-mile course in a time of 33:03.48.

In the men’s 40-49 division, Darryl Herrick ran a time of 19:43.62 over the three mile course to place first. He was closely followed by Chris Parry of MAAC in 20:33.05, while John Thompson, also of MAAC, rounded out the top three when he clocked a time of 21:39.17.

In the women’s 40-49 division over a three-mile course, Rebecca Shepard of MAAC placed first in a time of 23:37.40 while second place went to MAAC’s Sarah Thompson with a time of 24:35.54.

The senior men’s division continues to be dominated by Tommy Riker, who finished the three-mile course in a time of 31:33.78.

The BNAA cross-country series will continue on November 27 with Swans Running Club hosting the races at the Botanical Gardens. Registration will open on November 24.

The Cross-Country National Championships will be held on December 4 at the Botanical Gardens, hosted by MAAC. Because of the shortened cross-country series, the results of the day will determine the champion of each division.

The BNAA has also confirmed that the Mile Reloaded races will take place on December 10 at the Flora Duffy Stadium when the fastest miler in each age group will be crowned.

Invitations are extended to all road runners, recreational runners, joggers, walkers, footballers, netballers, swimmers, triathletes and any interested persons to participate in any or all of the upcoming events.

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Published November 17, 2021 at 7:51 am (Updated November 17, 2021 at 7:51 am)

Exciting races as cross-country series continues

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