Archibald, Green on top at Pump It Up Mico 5K
G.C. Foster College's Oshane Archibald and Hydel's Monifa Green took top honours at yesterday's first staging of the Pump It Up Mico 5K Run/Walk, which started and ended at the college campus in Cross Roads.
Archibald, who has been in great form for the past two years on the road and who, the previous day, had captured the Knox College 8K road race in Manchester, was an impressive winner, covering the course in 15:19.46, ahead of Garfield Gordon, 15:27.15, and Shane Buchanan, who closed off the top-three among the males in 15:32.14.
Taking over the lead from Buchanan at the 2K mark, Archibald expressed satisfaction with his performance.
"I just came out today to do my best knowing that I had some good competitors to compete with, and the hard work paid off," said Archibald, who stated that his next target is this Sunday's Burger King 10K Race in Portmore.
Despite competing the first time on the road this season, Green, who had several successes last year, made a winning seasonal debut as she was the first female to cross the line and 34th overall in 18:39.89.
It was, indeed, a clean sweep of the top-three places among the females by the Corey Bennett-coached Hydel High school as Aaliyah Stewart was second in 19:07.44, with third going to Jade Jones in 19:19.53.
MAINTAINING GOOD FORM
"It was an okay race for me and I enjoyed the route, and this is background training for me in preparation for the Girls' Championships, and I am hoping that I can maintain my good form this season," said the 17-year-old Green.
Yesterday's staging, which will see proceeds going in aid of the Pre-University Men's Programme (PUMP) & Scholarship funds, was well attended, and race coordinator Ian Forbes was impressed with the support and the organisation of the event.
"I think this first staging was a huge success and I am very elated and thankful. It was excellent and the course was superb as we saw some good times, and I think the participants enjoyed it," said Forbes.