Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
TANICE Barnett and Kirk Brown were the top female and male, respectively, at Saturday's National Country Championships, which took place at the Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville.
Barnett, who has been in brilliant form all season with impressive wins in several road races, was the first female to cover the six-kilometre course, clocking 25 minutes, two seconds for the win.
Brown, who has also been in good form this season, topped the male section, running over eight kilometres in 26 minutes, 31 seconds.
Competing at the same site where the NACAC Cross Country Championships will be held on January 26 next year, Barnett, who has represented the country in the past at the championships, had no problem topping her rivals as she proved again that she is the best local distance female athlete in the country.
other top finishers
Holmwood Technical schoolgirl Sherene Whyte also gave a decent performance to finish second in a good 25:13 while Mavis Bank's Dannielle James was third in 25:36.
With defending champion Shawn Pitter not competing in the 8K for men, Brown took the opportunity to go one place better than last year.
Rupert Green was second in 26:34 while last year's third-place finisher, Damion Bent, finished third again in 26:52.
Holmwood Technical's Shanieke Watson and Munro College's Herbert Thomas were the best junior female and male in their respective categories. Competing in the four-kilometre race for females, Watson recorded 15 minutes, 52 seconds for the win, getting the better of the St Jago High duo of Monique McPherson (16:09) and Roshae Burrell (16:11).
Thomas was the top boy in the six-kilometre event and was timed in 20:30. Holmwood Technical's Obrian Fith was second in 20:43 while Kingston College's Shane Buchanan grabbed third place in 20:56.