By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Jermaine Ricketts bid his time, then overhauled the field after the first mile, to win Saturday’s Hauteville 5K Series opener on the City Circuit course in Road Town. Defending champ Katrina “Kat” Lindsay, was the top woman.
Ricketts who navigated the course from the A. O. Shirley Grounds to the hospital, up Main Street and Lower Estate before returning to the grounds, finished in 18 minutes and 11 seconds. Early leader Reuben Stoby settled for second in 18:43 while Julius Farley was third in 19:26.
“It was just to run,” reticent Ricketts said of his strategy of moving past the field. “I wasn’t surprised.”
Stoby said his plan was to settle on a comfortable pace but Ricketts ran a stronger race and started putting on the pressure just after the first mile, adding that the guys know how to beat him.
“You have to develop a lead because I always rely on my sprinting seem to have something towards the end, no matter how tired I am during the race and I think he got that pretty much right today,” Stoby said. “But, I’m happy with my time—18:43—that’s my fastest time since coming back from injury so I’m excited. I want to run low 17 minutes for this season. I must congratulate JJ, he has been coming strong all the time. I’m not surprised either with his form but it makes for an interesting season as well.”
Farley said it wasn’t his best day after congratulating Ricketts on his performance.
“At the start, I felt my calf getting tight, then when I reached the one mile, I started getting stitches—not to make any excuses—but today just wasn’t my day man,” he said before being asked about his training. “For the past month, I’ve come out a few times, just start back into training.”
Lindsay starts title defense
Lindsay—seventh overall—began her title defense narrowly missing getting under the 20 minutes barrier in 20:01, said it was good to get the first race done as she was excited for it since 5K is her favorite race.
“Today was like (seeing) where I’m at in the 5K and go and run it as hard as I could,” said Lindsay who didn’t have a race strategy. “I didn’t go too hard at the start just to see how I was feeling and then managed to sick with the boys and came in for a good finish so I was pleased with how it went.”
She said her season’s goal is to run under 19:30.
“Training has gone well, just need to add a little distance maybe,” she said. “I’ve been doing more speed work and I’m pleased with how it’s going.”
Race Director Kay Reddy, described it as an ‘absolutely great opening to the series.’
“After Irma, the numbers went down a little bit and we were down to 88 signing up and a big group of walkers signing up,” she noted. “And for the first time in the 5K, we’ve got a bit of a corporate competition going on with six each from Trident, BDO, Hautteville and Castway, so we’re going to have an impromptu corporate playoff during this series, a bit of a battle between the corporations.”
Regarding the overall race, Reddy said surprisingly in the series opener, they usually see the times building up over the course of the series.
‘However, there were some fast times today,” she noted. “A couple of people have told me they’ve had a personal best today. The conditions were gorgeous, temperatures were down, a little bit overcast but not too much wind. Fantastic conditions on the course today.”
Final results. Men: 1. Jermaine Ricketts, 18:11.3. 2. Reuben Stoby, 18:48.3. 3. Julius Farley, 19:26.7. 4. Colm Rafferty, 19:56.5. 5. Joseph McIvor, 19:59.8. 6. Daniel Mitchell, 20:09.6. 7. 20:11.6. 8. Claudius Rymer, 22:03.8. 8. Rupert Johnson. 23:27.5. 9. Sam Potgieter, 24:03.7 10. Greg O’Keefe-Davis, 24:05.7.
Women: 1. Katrina Lindsay, 20:01.0 2. Caroline Sorrentino, 21:56.3. Zoe Sorrentino, 22:25. 4. Cate Riley, 23:42.6. 5. Rosmond Johnson, 24:21.1. 6. Debbie Bell, 26:05.0. 7. Kay Reddy, 26:47.5. 8. Tuneisha Johnson, 27:53.6. 9. Krystal Blackman, 28:15.4. 10. Janet Oliver, 28:30.3.