Thomas, Morgan wins Cross Country race
-Police not invited to compete in event
Distance athletes, Cleveland Thomas and Alika Morgan won the overall men’s and women’s title in New Amsterdam on Sunday when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) held the season opening annual Cross Country race on the road.
Thomas won the five-mile race in a time of 30:31 while Morgan completed the distance in 48:51 to complete wins for Running Braves Athletics Club and Rising Star respectively. The event did not bear hallmark of the usual Cross Country contest that is done in rough, hilly terrain.
In addition, some enthusiasts that witnessed the race said that it was more or less a road race with the absence of suitable terrain for a Cross Country event. Some 60 athletes competed in the event that started in the afternoon at the Esplanade Road.
Winston Messenger was second in 38:11:50 in the men’s category while Devon Barrington in a time of 40:06:75 finished third. Mark Thomas (45:02) was fourth. Meanwhile, Malika Williams in 1:03:09 was second among the females with Donna April third.
The athletes circled the New Amsterdam Hospital, made their way through the Tucburg Housing Community into one of the worst dams in Berbice known as the High Dam in Angoys Avenue, before completing the finish of the race.
Carl McKenzie won the Junior Male title in 27:38 while Joshua McKenzie (27:46) and Orin Prince (31:22) finished second and third respectively. Andrea Foster clocked 33:27 to win the female junior race while Cassie Kirton (38:00) was second and Cassy Torrington (42:00) third.
Joshua Walcott claimed the Youth Boys contest in 29:43 with Murphy Mash finishing second in 34:42 and Delvin Semple third in 43:41. Candace McKenzie won the Youth Girls race in a time of 34:04 ahead of Marria McKenzie (40:11) and Layana Charles (44:53) respectively.
Running Brave took home the lion’s share of the prizes while there were reports that the Police Progressive Youth Club was not invited to compete in the race.