By Edison Jefford
United States-based distance athlete, Euleen Josiah-Tanner could be added to Guyana’s national Cross Country team as the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) continues to probe ways that it can strengthen the team for an improved overall performance.
President of the AAG, Colin Boyce told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that he will confirm later this week whether or not Josiah-Tanner is available. He said that she will be a definite boost on the national team that heads to Trinidad and Tobago next month.
“Euleen is a former national distance athlete and I know that she has been competing. I am in communication with her. She has to let us know of her availability this week so that she can be entered into the race as part of Guyana’s national team,” Boyce informed when contacted for comment.
The governing body for track and field in Guyana had named Cleveland Forde, Dennis Horatio, Wilbert Mingo, Cleveland Thomas, Nathanie Giddings and Region Nine’s distance ace, Hezron Pedro on the male team following its Cross Country race last Sunday.
In addition, the association had included junior sensation, Doretta Wilson and seasoned athlete, Alika Morgan on the feminine side. Boyce said that Josiah-Tanner will boost the females while increasing the chances of the team overall at the prestigious race.
Guyana place fifth overall the last time it competed at the North America, Central American and the Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Race. The AAG head believes that Guyana could have a better placement with a full-strength and experienced team.
He informed that Josiah-Tanner competed at the Run Barbados 10km race last year and was the first Caribbean woman to cross the finish line. He said he knows that she has been competing in and out the region with the view of regaining national selection.
This newspaper knows that Josiah-Tanner was second at the CLICO International Marathon in the Twin Island Republic in 2008. The CLICO Marathon usually attracts a strong field including the distance-savvy Kenyans. It is against such background that Josiah-Tanner was able to place second among the women.
“She has already indicated her willingness to come to Guyana to compete in all road races this year and that could be very interesting,” Boyce said, adding that Josiah-Tanner hovers around 37 minutes over the 10km distance, which is good for a female athlete.
Guyana has longed for a female winner in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) South American 10km Road Race since its inception nine years ago. Josiah-Tanner will also have the return of the Courts and Ainlim 10km Road Races.
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