CariFin Urban Challenge top runner and 2009 cross country champion Nikosi Mc Leish was the undisputed attraction at the 19th Edition of the CariFin cross country on Sunday.
Mc Leish crossed the finish line 28.28 some 3.38 minutes ahead of GHL’s Ian Gibbs to take the CariFin cross country title for the 4th straight year with Grace Kennedy’s John Donaldson in third at 33.24.
The RBTT Bank athlete was thrilled by his win to which he said “winning 4 in a row was an accomplishment for me. Hopefully in 2011 when I make it five that’ll be something special.”
Among other notable performances of the meet which had representative
The 2009 cross country winner scored a convincing win in 28.21 defeating both the debutante Salisha Julien of RBTT Bank who was very consistent over the 3 races of the Urban Challenge where she placed either 2nd or 3rd; and the Green Mile winner Mumtaz Amarali of RBL
In the male walking category Hollis Grandville of GHL now owns the challenge trophy after winning it in 19.48 for 3 straight years. This is addition to winning the 3 previous Urban Challenge races. In second and third place were Michael Lucess of CBTT and Steve Samuel of RBTT Bank.
In the female walking category Hazel Tywang-Maharaj of RBTT also has 3 liens on the female walking champion title and gets the trophy to keep. She also is unbeaten in the 3 previous walking events of the Urban Challenge. Carla Q-Forde of RBTT and Lennis Amoroso RBTT Bank and Grace Kennedy respectively finished in 2nd and 3rd spots.
In the one lap version of the cross country which is open to family members, Kester Joseph of Athletics Central won in 13.29, followed by Simone Capiatha in 13.54 and Harold Begg in 15.10 representing RBTT Bank.
The 3rd Edition of the much anticipated Dance Off competition was won by GHL. Grace Kennedy took 2nd place and First Citizens grabbed 3rd place.
The 6th Edition of the Ms. CariFin competition closed the day’s activity with bang. The contestants of the Ms. CariFin give a good account of themselves and the show captivated the imagination of the onlookers. In the end it was the Central Bank entrant Krystle Gomez who outshined the other contestants and was crowned Ms. CariFin 2010. This is the 3rd straight year that CBTT has won this competition.
This is the 2nd time that GHL has won the “Best Tent” competition. Of the 7 tents on show the judges gave the nod to GHL. The competition was tough with Republic Bank coming out as early as 6.00 am to start their decorations. RBL took 2nd place and First Citizens, a previous winner, was a strong contender but at the end only finished 3rd.
The team that won the most novelty events and accrued the most points was Central Bank with 31 points, First Citizens and GHL was tied to 2nd place with 28 points each.