Archibald, Green on top at Pump It Up Mico 5K

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

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 17year-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.

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