2015 Pan American Games
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The 28th Annual Olympic Day Run was in St. Croix on Saturday afternoon at the St. Croix Educational Complex High School Track.
The public was invited to participate and special invitations went out to Virgin Islands Olympic Committee member sports federations. Dozens of runners and walkers including Olympians, V.I. National Team Members, coaches, officials, volunteers and family were on hand for this test of fitness on the track over the one mile distance and show of support for the Olympic movement.
Grouped according to minutes per mile pace, very exciting races put the top long distance runner CARIFTA Bronze Medalist, Juan Robles V.I.Pace Runners/V.ITrack and Field Federation college grad and teacher at St. Croix Central High School against three of top juniors national track and field team members including Malique Smith, Rodney Griffin and Barthelemy Peter each of the St. Croix Track Club/V.I. Track and Field Federation.
Robles set the early pace for what would likely become a sub five mile race with Smith on his heels as they entered the straight ending the third of four laps. With a lap to go Smith stretched the lead only to have Robles close the gap in front of a roaring crowd to cross the line with only a second separating the two of them. Smith took it in 4:44, Robles second in 4:45 and Griffin third in 5:02.
There were two females in this group with Mikeila Smith SCTC/VITFF Malique's sister who was first in 6:06 and Megan Tatum second in 6:13. The Smiths were cheered on by the parents and coaches Keith Smith Olympian Barcelona 1992 200m and 4 x 100m relay and Mireille Smith national team member for Suriname and NCAA Champion/All-American runners at Eastern Michigan Univ.
Equally exciting was the 7 minute per mile group with Mathew Mayes St.Croix Dolphins/V.I.Swimming Federation showing sprint skills as he used the tactic in the last 100m to pull away from Dalton Baptise of SCTC/VITFF to win in 6:13 to 6:26. Karen Dascent of SCTC/VITFF was the first female in the group and third overall in 6:51; Heidi Snow former V.I.Marathon Champion/V.I. Triathlon Federation was second in 6:56; Roger Hatfield V.I.Triathlon Federation was the third male in 7:09 and Mervin Mills of V.I. Cycling Federation was fourth in 8:11.
Mathew Mays recently qualified for the Youth Olympic Games and was cheered on by his mom Jodie Lawetz-Mays Olympian 100m, 200m Butterfly Swimmer in the 1984 Los Angles Olympics.
In the 10 minute per mile group Donald Bingham of Cross Fit was first across the line in 6:57; Adam Cohen of Cross Fit was a close second in 6:41 and Mireille Smith SCTC/VITFF was the first female and third overall in 7:04; Wayne Nichols V.I. Triathlon Federation was third male in 7:32; Ana Gutierrez V.I.Pace Runners/VITFF Olympic Marathon in 1992 Barcelona Olympics was second in 8:02 and Michelle Smith SCTC/VITFF and daughter of Mireille, was third female in 8:40.
The appearance of the Virgin Islands National Basketball Team representing the V.I. Basketball Federation set the stage for a separate run with Xavier crossing the finish line in 8:33; Devon Pelter second in 8:52 and Jason Edwin third in 9:42.
The 15 minute per mile was led by Wes Whitehurst, father of London Olympics 100m freestyle swimmer Brenden Whitehurst, V.I. Swimming Federation in 11:56; Linda Nelson V.I. Triathlon Federation was the first female and second overall in12:13 and Shlomo Williams Mary's Fancy Track Club/VITFF was the second male and third overall in 14:59; Malcah Brown MFTC/VITFF was the second female in 14:59; Sigalect Brown MFTC/VITFF was the third female in 15:23 and Sherwin Nero was the third male in 15:51.
An additional 10 minute per mile group was added to accommodate the Mary's Fancy Track Club/VITFF. That group was led by Daniel Heywood in 6:59; Emanuel Peter 7:51; Keyshan Hassel 7:53.
All are invited to participate in the 27th Olympic Day Run. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are invited take part.
There is no entry fee for this event. Each participant will receive and official time for completing the distance.
The first 100 participants will be given an Olympic Day T-shirt, an Olympic Day Certificate and a Virgin Islands Olympic pin.
When: Saturday June 21, 2014
Where: St. Croix Educational Complex High School track in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Distance: 1 mile (Run, Jog, Walk)
Registration Begins: 4:00pm
Walkers will start at 5pm and complete four laps around the track
The 15 min per mile group starts at 5:30
The 10min per mile group goes at 5:45pm
The 7 min per mile group goes at 6pm
The 6 min per mile group goes at 6:15pm.
Each participant will have the opportunity complete a mile at their own pace and do it with the group of their choice.
When: Sunday June 29th
Where: U.S. Coast Guard Dock on the waterfront
Distance: 2 miles (Run, Jog, Walk)
Registration Begins: 3:30pm
Race Begins: 4:30pm
The St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the 2014 SCAT Georgia Open Swim Meet from February 15-16. The competition was attended by 30 different teams from around Georgia, amounting to over 600 swimmers. Thirteen Dolphins swimmers traveled and competed at this event, which took place at the aquatics facility at the GeorgiaTechCampusRecreationCenter. This facility was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Dolphins attending the competition were: Lidia Boguslawska (12), Webster Bozzo (14), Jean Devera (17), Lex Devlin (16), Daniel Garriga-Cerni (14), Chloe Phillips-Hayden (14), Tony Hendricks (16), Nati Kuipers (11), Alex Lewit (17), Matthew Mays (15), Jonathan Thomas (15), Jelena Vialet (13), and JJ Washshah (16). Each of these swimmers competed in three events per day for two days during the preliminary session, with many qualifying and competing in the finals sessions at night. Twelve swimmers attend The Good Hope Country Day School and one swimmer attends the St. Mary School.
It was a great opportunity for Dolphins swimmers to qualify to represent the Virgin Islands in the CARIFTA Swimming Championships that takes place in Aruba next April 2014. Nati Kuipers took advantage of this opportunity and qualified for the 2014 Carifta Games in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 3:01.04. She is now an addition to this year’s U.S. Virgin Islands National Team composed of St. Croix Swimmers Webster Bozzo, Chloe Phillips-Hayden, Alex Lewit, Jonathan Thomas, Matthew Mays, and JJ Washshah and St. Thomas Swimmers Sasha Klein, Portia Norkaitis and Hannah Clements. Kuipers qualified for finals and finished top ten in her age group in all of her events during the two day meet, and swam all personal best times. Her top place was 2nd in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:21.31.
Matthew Mays won two events in his age group. He came from behind and had an exciting finish to win the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.92 and in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:01.57 and placed in the top 4 in 5 of his 6 events. JJ Washshah qualified for finals in all of her events. Her top place was 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 25.93. She also finished 3rd in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:57.53 and 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 56.49. Webster Bozzo stole the show with a 1st place finish in the 200 yard backstroke in his age group with a time of 2:08.46. He also placed 2nd in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.91. Jean Devera qualified for the finals in the 200 yard breaststroke and finished 7th with a time of 2:52.78. Lidia Boguslawska’s top finish was 3rd in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:17.57. Lex Devlin’s top finish was 7th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.78 and he dropped lots of time in the 100 freestyle to join Tony Hendricks in the finals in that event. Daniel Garriga-Cerni’s top finish was 14th in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:06.43. Chloe Phillips-Hayden’s top finish was 2nd in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:47.57. Chloe also made finals in all 6 of her events. Tony Hendricks’ top finish was 5th in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes with times of 57.44 and 2:09.40. Alex Lewit’s top finish was 4th in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.89. Alex also had a great swim in the 100 butterfly dropping time and making finals. Jonathan Thomas’ top finish was 4th in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.89. Jonathan made finals in most of his events. Jelena Vialet’s top finish was 13th in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 27.78.
While in Atlanta, the Dolphins took the opportunity to tour Emory University and meet with the Head Coach of Swimming, Jon Howell. They also met with Georgia Tech Assistant Swimming Coach Eric. Swimming in a 25 yard pool with prelims and finals(double sessions)was a great practice to learn how their body works and how quickly it recovers after swimming fast in the morning to doing it again in just a few hours the same day. For fun the team was able to visit the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the country and they also visited Stone Mt for snow tubing, after the competition of course. This trip was not just a competitive experience but an educational one as well for these student athletes, whom expect to receive a college swimming scholarship in the near future. You can be part of this … Dolphins are still accepting team and Learn to Swim registrations.