McCarthy clarifies GC Foster 5K distance
Chairman of the GC Foster 5K Run Chester McCarthy has refuted claims that the route used for this year's staging of the road race was shorter than the required five kilometres (5000m) after the extraordinary time recorded by the winner of the event.
Questions were raised about the distance of the new route, but McCarthy said that it was measured on a number of occasions and using various methods, which confirmed that it met the required standard.
McCarthy added that the course was actually more than the required 5,000 metres in distance.
"The route was measured using both wheel (measuring wheel) and the car speedometer going at maximum 20k/m per hour," McCarthy explained.
"After hearing about the accusations, three of us went back out there this morning (yesterday), and we remeasured it just to see if we made a mistake and we didn't. We got exactly 5K, 20 metres from the finishing line."
McCarthy said he hopes the claim doesn't take away from the performance of Garfield Gordon of GC Foster College, who won the race in a lifetime best of 14:29.00 minutes. Veteran runner Oshane Archibald also dipped under the 15-minute barrier to register 14:41, and Daniel Glave finished third with 15:15.00.
And while he agrees that the time was faster than what was usually registered on the circuit over the past four seasons, McCarthy attributes the fast times to the route being without the usual hills, which would normally be part of the 5K routes.
"Gordon has been winning most of the 5Ks this season. His last race was at Mico (the Pump It Up 5K) where he ran 15:15.00 minutes on a route that is not as flat as ours, so that has to be taken into consideration. He is in the form of his life," McCarthy added.
Holmwood Technical 15-year-old student Samantha Pryce captured her third race of the season after being the first female to finish the event, clocking 17:51.00 minutes with St. Catherine High's Serena Douglas taking second in 18:21.00 minutes.
The courageous 12-year-old Nickeisha Henry of St Jago High was third in 18:36.00 minutes.
The meet, which was well attended by the various colleges and high-school teams, saw an improved St Jago High coming out on top in the female section, ahead of Vere Technical and Holmwood Technical.
Home team GC Foster College were the top overall male outfit, finishing ahead of first time entrants Jamaica College, with St Jago coming in third.
Hydel High's track and field head coach Corey Bennett was the honouree of the meet and was recognised for his outstanding contribution to middle and long-distance running at the junior level.
McCarthy, who is also the sports director at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, was delighted with the execution of the event.
"This is the third time I am working with this committee, and we are extremely pleased with the turnout this year, as we had more high schools and college teams competing than in the past, and we are grateful for that. Overall, it was very successful, and we are extremely pleased," said McCarthy.