Combermere sixth former wins final cross country race for school
Combermere sixth form student Raheem Skinner staved off stiff competition from Jonathan Jones of Coleridge & Parry to win the National Sports Council’s (NSC) cross country senior boys’ four kilometre race yesterday.
Skinner finished the race in a time of 13:26 minutes ahead of second placed Jones in 13:32 and David Harewood of Coleridge and Parry in 14:27.
The 2013 Run Barbados 5K men’s champion told Barbados TODAY this was his final year at secondary school and he would not have settled for anything less than a victory.
“Last time I ran was like probably two years ago and at that time I wasn’t feeling well. So at that time and I did not perform well has I would have liked to,” the former Coleridge & Parry student said.
“This is my last year at cross country so I wanted to come out and see what I can do before I leave for good.”
There were five additional races which took place and in the senior girls’ 3k, the Williams girls –– Elizabeth, Anya and Jeal –– ran away with the top three spots. Elizabeth Williams, running in the colours of Foundation, clocked a time of 11:32 to win ahead of Anya Williams of the Lodge School in 12:05.
Elizabeth’s sister, Jeal Williams of St George Secondary, finished third in 12:27.
In the under-15 boys’ 3k, there was a keen battle but in the end, Rasheeme Griffit crossed the finish line first in a time of 10:14, ahead of Antonio Hall of Alleyne School in 10:19, with Shakeem Boyce of Queen’s College finishing third in 10:39.
In the under-15 girls’ 2k, Ashley Weekes of The St Michael School looked comfortable, claiming victory in 6:45 minutes, ahead of Shonita Broome of Alexandra in 6:48, and Anika Farmer of Coleridge & Parry in 6:50.
Graydon Sealy had something to smile about through Daniyel Harewood who had to sprint to the finish line to win the first form boys 1.6k in a split second time of 6:20 ahead of Depedro Jordan of Coleridge & Parry in 6:20 and Mario Lavoie of Queen’s College in the same time.
The girls equivalent event belonged to Daesha Scantlebury of Ellerlsie who paced herself to easily take victory in a time of 7:42 ahead of Chiara Chase of Foundation in 7:45 and Christian Sutherland of Alleyne in 7:46.