Though they didn’t end up with the accolades of the overall champions of the CariFin Games 2017, Salina Scott and Jean Paul Drakes dominated the Urban Challenge events. The One Lap Savannah, Green Mile and Chancellor Challenge are three events which make up the Urban Challenge and take place in Port-of-Spain and the environs, before the final Cross Country events at the Sevilla golf course.
It was Drake’s first experience running in the CariFin Games and Scott’s second installment in the Games as she participated in 2012. Both seemed to have a liking for the competition as event after event they crossed the finish line first, with some distance to spare between the finish line and the second place participant.
They were the most dominant runners of the 2017 games in terms of speed, bringing that level of excitement and expectation every-time they competed.
Being a first time participant in these events, Drakes was a bit cautious from the beginning but after wetting his feet as it were, he quickly found his stride and confidence and approached the events with the assurance of victory.
Scott brought that level of excitement to the women racing in the CariFin Games that was literally missing for a long time. Christine Regis who represented ANSA Financial Services and holds the title of Cross Country champion 2017 was Scott’s main rival and opposition in the Urban Challenge. This matchup which Scott enjoyed, forced her to push her game further. She surprised not just with her performance but with a bravado that you didn’t expect from just watching her walk into a room or space.
In the One Lap Savannah it was a close encounter with Scott dominating in 17.29 and Regis following in 17.38. They are both familiar with each other at open races but Regis is the more accomplished runner, so it was very interesting to observe their friendly rivalry. Scott knew that Regis was always close behind and it would be detrimental to her if she slipped up because that would hamper her success.
Scott’s performance was more the same for the rest of the Urban Challenge; the One Mile and the Chancellor. Fans of Regis thought she could have overcome Scott in one of the events but they were left disappointed as Scott kept crossing the finish lines a few seconds ahead of Regis.
After the Chancellor Challenge Scott had this to say, “The competition was there, I know Christine was on my back, I didn’t want to look back, I just kept saying to myself finish this race, I prefer hills, I like to run hills, even though it was hard I still enjoyed this one. Hoping to dominate next year….. So everybody come train… come for me!”
Besides the excitement and anticipation she brought with her participation, Salina Scott can teach a lot of the younger runners and those not living up to their true potential a thing or two about being consistent, disciplined, setting and attaining goals and motivating oneself to achieve objectives. It was unfortunate that she did not go all the way to the Cross Country event and see if she could have dominated there also, but we say thanks to her for sharing her talent, her time and running skills and her overall excitement for running with the rest of the financial services sector via CariFin 2017.
Drakes started off his CariFin journey with a 14.56 for the One Lap event finishing ahead of the 2016 winner of this event and also his fellow colleague Abijah Phillip who posted 15.31. For the One Mile and Chancellor Challenge it was more of the same with a 5.01 and 13.57 finishing respectively which gave him the top position throughout the Urban Challenge.
Drakes and Scott fully dominated the Urban Challenge for 2017. Although no new records were set or broken they are the male and female runners who went unbeaten up to the Urban Challenge (One Lap, Green Mile and Chancellor Challenge.)
It was a blast of a time with Drakes and Scott in the lineup and we urge them to keep developing and improving their running skills as we hope to see them again next year for CariFin Games 2018.
In the mean time and in between see you all at the prize distribution function 2017 at Central Bank, 16th floor at 5.30 p.m. Participants are kindly asked to be seated at 5.15p.m.