54th National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track & Field Championships
The athletics competition of the 54th National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track
and Field Championships began yesterday with a major upset in the 10km Road Race, setting the stage for an intense showdown at the Guyana Defence Force Ground.
West Coast Berbice’s, District 5, Daniel Gaskin breezed to victory in the male race ahead of the seasoned campaigner, Mathew McKenzie, who placed third. Corentyne’s, Owin Tudor also beat McKenzie who was favored to win the race.
Gaskin clocked an impressive 35:51 to capture the gold medal ahead of Tudor (36:35) and North Georgetown’s hopeful, McKenzie, who finished in 36:57. McKenzie is the reigning Junior Boys’ Champion at the Courts and South American 10km road races.
In fact, of the field yesterday, he should have been more familiar with the course since it was the same one that was used for the South American race a few weeks ago. The race started outside of the Saints Ground on CARIFESTA Avenue, went up to Turkeyen and returned to finish inside of the National Park.
The race started with gentle pace with none of the athletes looking to take control; however, with national honors on the line, both Tudor and Gaskin pushed the gas pedal around Pattensen on the way down and left McKenzie in their wake. The rest is now history. Gaskin made his final move inside the National Park with Tudor unable to follow.
Meanwhile, in the female race, Rupununi continued its fine tradition – the one Doretta Wilson had set with two titles – when Semona Lawrence cruised to victory. Lawrence easily won in 41:55 with another seasoned campaigner, Delicia Harper of Berbice second in 43:35 while Mariah McKenzie (44:39), who won the Junior Girls’ title at the South American 10km Road Race, third.
The track and field and cycling competitions continue today, following a grand Opening Ceremony that is scheduled for 9am at GDF Ground, Camp Ayanganna.
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