Nathan Patterson of Guardian Group outkicks field to win Green Mile; Lee Hay of CITI maintains her dominance. Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens makes it two in a row and Rebecca Julien of Republic all walk away with top honours.
Port of Spain, Tuesday, May 06, 2014. The flat looking surface of the inside of the Sand Track and the beautiful setting sunset added to the atmosphere of the evening for a fast race of the second event of the CariFin Games 2014. There was an enthusiastic crowd of supporters who were patiently waiting for the action to start. At 5.15 pm when the runners took off it was clear that it was going to be a tactical event, with the main group jostling for position as they moved along the first bend. From there on it was just a matter of holding positions over the backstretch and waiting for that critical moment to kick that 250/200 meters home. Up until then Jedidiah Benjamin was leading, but in that final stretch to the finish the man with the most speed was the eventual winner, Nathan Paterson from Guardian Group who was the seventh place finisher last week in the 1 Lap Savannah, from the Guardian Group. Speed was the deciding factor as he outkicked a group that consisted of himself, Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC and Jean Marc De Boulet from Sagicor to cross the finish line first. “Fitness is fitness, but speed is speed and the combination of bad mind is what worked for me today.” said Nathan Paterson when asked about the experience. Finishing times for the Green Mile were Nathan Patterson in 5.44.4, Jedidiah Benjamin 5.45.1 and Jean Marc De Boulet with 5.49.“It is intense but to be able to finish is everything,” was De Boulet’s response to his experience.
In the female category Lee Hay continued her dominance with a time of 6.48. It was good enough to give her victory on the day. Susan Russel who returned to CariFin after a three year hiatus was able to complete the Green Mile course in 6.59 for 2nd place and RBL’s Avionne Marissa Antione did 7.39 to secure her 3rd place. “I did what I set out to do finish under 7 minutes.” Said Lee Hay.
Deodath Harrikisson chucked up his second impressive win in the Games with a time of 9.53, taking him along a pathway gaining three consecutive years to go unbeaten in the Games. A veteran in the Games, Clem Jubrasigngh of RBC is 2nd again this time in 10.00.4. Avinash Sooknanan of RBL Bank participating for the 1st time this year took 3rd spot with 10.33.5.
Among the females, we have a new winner this time as Rebecca Julien of Republic Bank took 1st place in 10.58.2, followed by Roxanne James of First Citizens and last week’s winner Aliya Marisa Henry also of Republic Bank finishing 3rd in 11.36.7.
The nine teams participating in the CariFin Games this year are:
Agricultural Development Bank