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US, Canada take NACAC titles

Walter Alibey :: Trinidad Guardian :: 17.02.2019

The Unit­ed States and Cana­da run­ners shared the spoils in the North Amer­i­can, Cen­tral Amer­i­can and the Caribbean Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­a­tion (NACAC) Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship at the Queen's Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain yes­ter­day. 

The Cana­di­ans took the top three in­di­vid­ual po­si­tions in the Un­der-20 Women and Men three-lap and four-lap events re­spec­tive­ly. 

In the open­ing 6k event for girls u-20 run­ners, Taryn O'Neil and her com­pa­tri­ots Char­lotte Wood and Maken­na Fitzger­ald opened up a size­able lead on their op­po­nents on the fi­nal lap to com­plete a one, two, three fin­ish in im­pres­sive times of 22 min­utes, 22 min­utes and 10 sec­onds, and 22:14 re­spec­tive­ly. 

The Cana­di­ans who dom­i­nat­ed the event for the past years showed their su­pe­ri­or­i­ty again by tak­ing the over­all team win ahead of sec­ond place the USA, whose top run­ner Saman­tha Cor­man crossed the line in sixth po­si­tion in a time of 22:45 sec­onds. Puer­to Ri­co was third over­all among the teams, a po­si­tion that was led by Isamerie Ar­royo Umpierre who came home at 12th in 24:18. 

The Cana­di­ans were al­so in a class of their own in the boys u-20 event, tak­ing the first, sec­ond and third places through Evan Burke, Nicholas Mo­ta and An­drew Davies in (27:20, 27:30 and 27:37) that earned them the over team win. 

They were fol­lowed in sec­ond by USA, whose run­ners com­mand­ed the fifth, sev­enth, eighth and 10th places from Col­in Bak­er, Gray­don Mor­ris, Adam Dayni and Matthew Scrape, while Puer­to Ri­co's team of Car­los Or­tiz (third in 27:43), Hec­tor Or­tiz (11th in 28:17) and Ar­nal­do Reyes (12th in 28:17) earned them third. 

The Women's and Men's 10k events that fol­lowed were dom­i­nat­ed by the USA. The Cana­di­ans women again threat­ened to take the ti­tle af­ter dom­i­nat­ing for most of the race, but the USA's Bre­an­na Sier­ac­ki pro­duced a gut­sy dri­ve from be­hind to over­take leader Cana­da's Jes­si­ca O'Con­nell for the win in a time of 35:57. Sier­ac­ki took the run­ner-up spot in 36:00. 

The win as­sured the US women the over­all win ahead of Cana­da. T&T's Tonya Nero bat­tled home for the 12th po­si­tion in 37:34 while com­pa­tri­ot Saman­tha Shuk­la laboured home in 18th place in 40:40. Nero came third in the event in 2012 but yes­ter­day she failed to re­pro­duce her form, as he suf­fered bad­ly from the hu­mid con­di­tions, she said. 

The USA al­so claimed the top four places in the men's race with Ab­babiya Sim­bas­sa (31:49), Frankline Tonui (31:49), Reid Buchanan ( 31:49) and Evans Kir­wa (32.08) se­cur­ing the first, sec­ond, third and fourth places re­spec­tive­ly for the over­all team ti­tle. Team Cana­da stormed home for the sec­ond po­si­tion. 

Matthew Ha­gley was the first T&T run­ner to cross the line in 20th po­si­tion in a time of 35:22.


US, Canada take NACAC titles
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T&T's Tonya Nero crosses the finish line in 12th position during the NACAC Cross Country Championships 2019 at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of- Spain, yesterday.

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