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Top talent expected for Cross-country Nationals

Chris and Ashley Estwanik are expected to be among the top local runners competing in Saturday’s National Cross-Country Championships at St George’s Golf Club.

The event, which starts at 9am, will act as a qualifier for next year’s NACAC Cross-Country Championships in Trinidad.

Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) president Donna Watson hopes for a healthy turn-out and competitive races in all divisions.

“We always get a lot of the younger athletes but it would be nice to see some of the older athletes come out and take the challenge,” she said.

“The women's race should be good with Rose-Anna Hoey winning most of the cross-country races (this season) but Ashley Estwanik always comes out and competes in the Cross-Country Championships.

“The men’s race should really be exciting with Jay Donawa competing against Lamont Marshall (while) Chris Estwanik usually shows up for this race.”

Watson believes the junior races will be equally as enthralling.

“We should see some great races as we have had some good challenges over the cross-country season so far,” she said.

“(We have seen) Shaquille Dill and Juma Mouchette (compete) with Juma winning out of the cross-country races but Shaquille winning out in the KPMG Bermuda Front Street Mile trials.

“Kyrah Scraders and Quasshie Douglas have been going back and forth with Kyrah winning the KPMG Bermuda Front Street Mile trials.

“Ashley Irby has had an outstanding season so far as has Aaron Jacobs.”

The race distances for the under-10, under-12, under-14s will be 2K while the under-20 females will run 4K.

The under-17 and under-20 males, Open Women, Masters, Senior Masters and 60-plus will run 6K, and the Open Males 8K.

The entry deadline is Friday.

St George’s Golf Club was closed in 2008 following the demolition of the derelict Club Med, although Government have said they will now set a concrete date for reopening the facility.

Photo by Mark Tatem Jay Donawa has claimed a number of cross-country national titles. And the veteran runner will be looking to add to his collection at the St. George's Golf Course this weekend.

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Published December 04, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 04, 2012 at 8:57 pm)

Top talent expected for Cross-country Nationals

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