Green, Rodgers top GC Fos­ter 5K

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

HYDEL High’s Monifa Green and Kingston Col­lege’s Ari Rodgers con­tin­ued their fine form on the road this sea­son as both won their re­spec­tive sec­tions of the Ger­ald Claude Fos­ter 5K Run/Walk in An­gels, Span­ish Town, yes­ter­day.

Green, win­ner of the re­cent Port­more Burger King 10K, cap­tured the fe­male event in 19 min­utes 10.30 sec­onds, while Rodgers cov­ered the course in a fast 15 min­utes 31.50 sec­onds.

Hydel swept the top-three spots among the fe­males as 13year-old Oceelia Jones was sec­ond in 19:30.90 with third go­ing to Aaliyah Ste­wart in 19:44.30.

Rodgers, 15, had his sec­ond suc­cess in a week fol­low­ing his win at the Hugo Cham­bers 5K event the pre­vi­ous Sun­day. De­spite run­ning in mid pack for the first 1,000 me­tres, Rodgers showed his class from the 2K mark as he joined the front run­ners, led by G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege’s Oshane Archibald, Obrien Frith and his team­mate Shane Buchanan.

Rodgers then pulled away from his ri­vals late in the race for a con­vinc­ing win. Buchanan was sec­ond in 15:37.60, with Frith pass­ing Archibald near to the fin­ish line for third in 15:58.40.

“I am happy with my sec­ond win and I en­joyed the route as it was a flat one and I had no prob­lem with it,” Rodgers said.

G.C. Fos­ter and Hydel walked away with the team awards for males and fe­male,s re­spec­tively. Kingston Col­lege were sec­ond and Belle­field took third among the males. In the fe­male team event, Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal placed sec­ond and Ed­win Allen High, third.

Meet di­rec­tor Mau­rice Wil­son was pleased with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

“We started on time and I would like to thank all the of­fi­cials who turned up to en­sure that ev­ery­thing went well. Big up to our spon­sors, and we had more ath­letes than we an­tic­i­pated and this is good sign for the fu­ture as I ex­pect next year’s stag­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter,” Wil­son, a se­nior lec­turer at the in­sti­tu­tion, said.

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