D’arbasie goes for all Four; Barran tries to take it in his 1st attempt.
After winning the 3 previous running events in the CariFin (Caribbean Financial Institutions) Games, Wendy D’arbasie of Central Bank hopes to make it 4 wins, by winning the CariFin cross country at Sevilla Golf course on Sunday June 03, 2012. Shayne Barran of Republic Bank is poised to take the men’s title in his 1st attempt at the same event.
CariFin Cross Country is the final of the running events of the CariFin Games and it establishes the winner as the top runner for this year in the financial services sector. It also allows him or her to garner points to be the overall champion of the Games.
D’arbasie took the previous 3 lead up events, the 1 Lap Savannah, the Green Mile and the Chancellor Challenge; could she hold the focus together and extend herself and take all four running events? D’arbasie has never won the championship event. She has always fallen down the pack – could this be the year when she could pull it off? This would make it the 3rd time Team CBTT has won the female cross country title in the 21 years of the existence of the games. It was won twice by Kerry Wilson.
Barran blast on the scene from the 2nd event by winning the Green Mile and also took the Chancellor Challenge. The Republic Bank athlete has the chance to establish himself as a top runner of the financial sector and have his name etched along with some other great runners in the CariFin universe.
The competition for the females should come mainly from RBC Royal Alan Joseph-Duncan who showed she could run by placing 2nd, and 3rd in the previous events and Chelsea Ann Phillip of Central Bank.
Barran’s main competitor on the day would be Akeem Simon of Central Bank who won the 1st event, 2nd and 2nd in the previous event and also has a bit of experience from placing 2nd last year at Sevilla. But last year’s winner John Donaldson of first Citizens though beaten back in 2nd and 3rd place previously, is an erstwhile opponent with a lot of experience in running and could craft and attack which may hold off Simon on the undulating Sevilla course.
In the walking category Deodath Harrikissoon has a chance to make it 4 up in this event and take home the big prize but he first has to content with the current Cross Country champion – GHL’s Hollis Grandville, before he could solidify his position.
Carla Questelles-Forde won the 1st lap savannah and the Green Mile but lost on Chancellor Challenge to Natasha David. But to win at Sevilla she would have to find a way to hold off last year’s winner team Jamaica Paulette Thompson.
The program for the athletic events is as follows:
3:00 pm to 5:15 pm -Athletic Events
3.00 – 3.30 p.m. Kid’s 1 Lap Cross Country Race
3.30 – 4.00 p.m. CariFin Walking Race (1 Lap)
4.00 – 4. 30 p.m. CariFin Fun Run (1 Lap)
4.30 – 5.20 p.m. CariFin Male & Female Cross Country Run (3 x 2 Laps)