Mavis Bank athletes dominate at CB/UWI 5K
THE Mavis Bank High pair of Garfield Gordon and Shantay Chamberlain seemed to have relished the new route as both were victorious at yesterday's CB Group-UWI 5K Run on the campus of the University of West Indies, Mona, after taking the male and female titles.
Gordon captured the male event in 16 minutes 18 seconds, while 14 year-old Chamberlain surprised her teammate Crystal Brown - the defending champion to win the female event in 21 minutes 05 seconds.
Unlike previous years where the race started and ended at the UWI Mona Bowl, there was an adjustment to yesterday's route as the race started and ended on Queen's Drive - the main entrance to the university.
Gordon ensured that he made up for his performances at the Mico 5K and the Portmore Burger King 10K, where he finished second and third-respectively, turning the table on the in-form Oshane Archibald of G.C. Foster College, who was relegated to second spot in 16:30, with his teammate Daniel Glave coming in third in 16: 35.
"I am really happy for my first win of the season. I have been training very hard over the past week and I was determined to finish in front today despite being beaten by Archibald in my past two races," said Gordon.
Following some close finishes over the past two seasons, Chamberlain, a silver medallist at last year's ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships in the 1500m in Class III, ran a well-controlled race to beat Brown to the line in 21 minutes 05 seconds. Brown was timed at 21:19 for second, while Utech-MVP's Alithia Brown was third in 22:07.
"I am feeling great and it is an awesome feeling. I am very surprised that I came out on top today. I must say a big thank you to my coach because he gave me very good instructions and I really followed his instruction well. I am hoping this preparation will help me for Champs next year, where I am hoping to win both the 800m and 1500m," said Chamberlain.
Veteran Karlene Blagrove, competing for CVM TV, switched to the 5K Walk and was successful as she was the first female to cross the line in a time of 33 minutes 08 seconds, ahead of Paula Sinclair of Ageless Wonders, 35:22, with Latoya Walker, representing CB Group, coming in third in 37:51.
For the males, it was Lenworth Walker who was first in 30 minutes 39 seconds. Jahveney Edwards of Sun City Radio was second in 31:24, with third going to Jason Whynn in 33:08.
Race Director and Manager of Running Events Alfred 'Franno' Francis spoke about the entire staging of another successful event, while explaining the reason behind the new route.
"The route change was done because we are outgrowing the Bowl and the road that we start on, which leads on to the August Town Road and also the ambiance of being in the heart of the university is so much better for people to get a feel of the brand of the university, and we have gotten overwhelming support," said Francis, who had high praises for the various sponsors, as they have raised over $50M over the past four years and stated that the target of $15M this year should be realised.