By “Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
After the weekend, a showdown for the title in all division looms on Virgin Gorda, in the finale of the Mourant HLSCC College Classic Series on October 27.
In a time of 12 minutes and 12.07 seconds, high schooler Mekhi Walters of the O’Neal House of the Bregado Flax Educational Center’s Secondary Division, stood out as he crossed the line first during the second race on Saturday.
Walters led his O’Neal House team to victory and in the process, they’re now tied with Harrigan House in the Cross Country Division, setting up a one race showdown for the title in the finale.
In the Primary Division, Team Parker’s Panthers of Bregado Flax, were the winners followed by Team Robinson O’Neal, who now leads the series overall with 2 races under their belt.
In the overall Two Mile Women Division, clocking 13 minutes, 37.78 seconds, HLSCC Student and Raw Skillz Track Club member Mariah Christian, captured the victory, in the absence of Katrina Lindsay, who broke the 5 year old Women’s Course record in the September 22 opener, with a time of 12:19.79.
Meanwhile, Rainford Legair won in the overall Men division. Both the men and women overall champion positions are now up for grabs going in to final race.
Race Director, Stephanie Russ Penn, said that she’s is looking forward to the finale, where the College will partner with the Valley Sound Lions Club and the Virgin Gorda Rotaract Club, to raise awareness of breast cancer and domestic violence.
“The community is asked to wear pink and purple as they join in raising this awareness,” Russ Penn said. “Post-race activities are expected to include the award ceremony for all divisions of the series and a health fair.”
The Tortola leg of the series returns to Paraquita Bay on Saturday October 13, with the Rotary Club of Tortola’s Purple Pinkie Polio Challenge. Persons are invited to come out and bring a donation to support the Rotary’s Polio Plus Fund. There will also be exciting battles in all of the series’ respective divisions.
Open Males: Rainford Legair, 12:12.14. 2. Claudius Rymer, 12:42.91. 3. Emrol Amsterdam, 13:05.13. 4. Curwin Andrews, 13:15.95. 5. Keith Williams, 13:24.67. 6. Will Seddon, 15:00.10. 7. Jermain Abrams, 15:42.79. 8. Mark Vanterpool, 16:42.03
Open Females: 1. Mariah Christian, 13:37.78. 2. Kim Takeuchi, 15:04.97. 3. Karliyah Morton, 16:41.72. 4. Rea Vanterpool, 21:39.82. 5. Christina Yates, 29:54.10
CROSS COUNTRY (Team Category)
Primary School Teams: Ciboney School (CS), Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary (ROMP), Bregado Flax Educational Center (BFEC) Houses: Levons Leopards (L), Parkers Panthers (P), Steven’s Stallion (S). 1. Jaden Abrams (P), 17:58.32. 2. T’Khoy Morton (ROMP), 18:24.78. 3. Xambiah Demming (L), 18:33.73. 4. Jadon Abrams (P), 19:53.25. 5. Dikya Thomas (ROMP), 21:30.14.
Points: 1. BFEC Parker’s Panthers, 5. (2 participants). 2. Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary, 7 (2 participants). 3. BFEC Levon’s Leopard, 3 (1 participant).
Secondary School Teams: Bregado Flax Educational Centre Houses: Harrigan House (H), O’Neal House (O), Rhymer House (R): 1. Makhi Walters (O), 12:07.20. 2. T’Khoi Richardson (H), 12:40.11. 3. Sheldon Toney (O), 13:40.76. 4. Jamoi Hodge (O), 14:03.82. 5. Quelahni Nickie (R), 14:57.27. 6. Kaeliyaah Liburd (H), 15:56.87. 7. T’Khoy Stevens (O), 17:44.02. 8. Shakhoi Maduro (H), 21:28.33.
Points: 1. O’Neal, Harrigan, 14 (4 participants. 2. Harrigan House, 16 (2 participants). 3. Rhymer, 5 (1 participant)