Mavis Bank ath­letes dom­i­nate at CB-UWI 5K

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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 UtechMVP’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.

SUC­CESS­FUL EVENT

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.

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