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Cross country – The Decider

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Phillip and Deonanan headlines the field going into the Cross Country

Could Scott make it 4 straight with CariFin Cross Country

The CariFin cross country always had that pristine lure, that bit of seclusion and mystery to it and in 2017 it would be no different as teams from the Financial Services Sector would be heading down to Sevilla Golf Course in Brechin Castle Couva for the finals of the CariFin Games 4-part series. This is a part of the CariFin Family Day and cross country. This would be the 26th edition of the CariFin Cross Country Run, here you would get to see who would emerge as champions of the Cross Country and overall winners of the series. CariFin Games is about the promotion of health and fitness, closer relationship, camaraderie, friendship within the financial services sector. This race is the final successive event on the program and both male and female categories would be contested together in the interest of time. At 4.45p.m. the able body male and females within the Financial Services Sector would line up by the clubhouse for the start of this event. Runners from the 10 participating institutions would be seeking to bring honors and recognition to their institution based on the numerous categories that exist in this event.

Abijah Phillip is the defending cross country champion and he had a couple of 2nd place finishes in the series so far, in both the 1 Lap Savannah and the Green Mile he occupied 2nd spot behind Jean Paul Drakes both of RBL. Unfortunately, Drakes wouldn’t be available for Sevilla so that make Phillip the favorite for Sunday’s encounter. On the other hand, Kris Deonanan has two 3rd place finishes for the 1 Lap and Green Mile and a 2nd place on Chancellor Challenge and seems as the natural favorite to finish in 2nd spot. Also being consistent in the running department for the males is UTC’s Kevin Blackburn who placed 4th in the 1 Lap, 5th in the Green Mile and 3rd on Chancellor. Phillip had to miss the Chancellor Challenge and that means that Kris Deonanan would be in strong contention to be the best overall competitor over the 4 running events and take the series, with the 1st and 2nd runners not being able to compete in all 4 events. Undeterred by the competition Phillip had this to say “I’m excited to participate in this great event for a second year, I intend to give it my best and enjoy every second of it”.

Salina Scott dominance in the CariFin Games 4 part series was obvious from the flat circular Savannah to the dusty 1-mile sand track to the ascent of the Chancellor Hill she was 1st to cross the finish line. Based on this level of dominance the CBTT posse could come prepared to take this one to the bank. In 2nd place is another favorite Christine Regis who has maintained 2nd position throughout the series and is also the defending cross country champion for 2016. ANSA Financial Services would have someone to celebrate in the Cross Country race and Kateri Edwards looks promising to fill 3rd spot on Sunday should she come prepared. Her performance should give First Citizen a happy moment and something to cheer about. Another female runner that can make an impression on the cross country course is Central Bank’s – Lorainne Ayoung-Chee who has been consistent over the last 3 events, even placing 3rd in Chancellor Challenge. In the Cross Country in 2016 she finished 4th with a time of 27.53 for the 2 lap journey, it would be interesting to see what her improved performance for this year would translate into at Sevilla.

But Christine, Kateri, Lorainne and the other athletes would have a bit of a challenge if they are eyeing 1st place as Salina Scott is always ready to slay, she said “right now my running condition is great and I anticipate a very good performance on Sunday. I look forward to the terrain as I’m not accustomed to running on that surface and I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself. Going into this event I feel confident that I’ll take it and I look forward to it being a competitive event. I know I won’t have an easy race the competition is strong”

But in the finals you never know for sure, as some runners miss the three Urban

Challenge races and come out for the Cross Country and spoils the party for the runners who have been prominent in the previous events.

The Cross Country course is approximately 2.2 km in length around the perimeter. It’s uneven terrain with some rolling hills. The absence of regular rain would mean the ground is still hard but if we get any more rain over the next few days that could change from steady hard under foot to a softer, slipperier surface. The women do 2 laps 4.4 km which is from the start from the club house to the beginning of the run on the course. The distance from the roadway to the beginning of the course is approximately 900 meters making the female distance around a 5K for the women and the male because they do 3 laps around an 8K.

For further information about CariFin Games 26th Anniversary or to schedule an interview with Wayne Roberts please call 731-3370 or email

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