31st Olympic Day Run, St. Croix

In the tradition of focusing on the Olympic Movement, the St. Croix version of the Olympic Day Run  event, the 31st edition, saw a change of venue but a familiar format.  With the closing of the track, where the event was held the past several years, for construction and repairs, the move to the new Christiansted bypass was a bit challenging but lots of fun for at least sixty runners and walkers.  Five group levels (20 minute, 15 minute, 10 minute, 7 minute and 6 minute) ran the rolling out and back course with the start/finish overlooking the historic Christiansted National Historic Site.

6 min/mile group

The fastest of groups made up of no less than five Olympic federations including: Track and Field, Cycling, Sailing, Triathlon and Swimming was led by Malique Smith of the Track and Field Federation’s St. Croix Track Club and the Univ, of Arkansas Pine Bluff.  The pack including top junior, open and master runners made the turn around and half way with the experienced Smith positioning himself for the win.  He crossed the line in 4:55; Rodney Griffin also of SCTC and Unvi. APB edged out Michael Dizon Bauman of the V.I. Triathlon and V.I. Cycling Federations for second in 5:18 to 5:19.  Bridget Klein Track and Field and V.I. Track and Field was the fastest female of the day in 6:15; Mikaela Smith of the St. Croix Track Club/V.I. Track and Field and latest track and field Youth Olympian was second in 6:26; Rachel Conhoff Track and Field was third in 6:45.

Stephen Swanston V.I. Cyling Federation/V.I Triathlon Federation was the fourth male in 5:28; Randall Nielsen V.I. Track and Field Federation was fifth in 5:47; Valance Modeste SCTC V.I. Track and Field Federation was sixth in 6:02; Jael Shoy was seventh in 6:07; No 6 What’s Your Name was eighth in  6:13; Antonio Lewit St. Croix Dolphins/V.I. Swimming Federation was ninth in 7.06

Bridget Klein V.I. Track and Field Federation was the first female in 7:06; Mikaela Smith SCTC/V.I.Track and Field Federation was second in 6:26; Rachel Conhoff V.I. Track and Field Federation was third in 6:45.

7 min/mile group

Eleven year old Michelle Smith Track and Field and the St. Croix Track Club/V.I. Track and Field Federation led the seven minute milers to the finish as she held off Track and Field V.I. 50 mile champ Mike Klein for second in 6:31 for first female, Klein was the first male in 6:35; Troy Holloway V.I. Triathlon Federation was the second male in 6:53

Stefanie Matthew V.I. Track and Field Federation was the second female in 7:06; Robin Seila was third in 7:09; Kat Brownsdon V.I. Triathlon Federation was fourth in 7:11; Lauren Jones was fifth in 7:32

10 min/mile group

Mireille Smith and her husband Keith Track and Field and St. Croix Track Club coaches/officials/V.I. Track and Field Federation led this group with Mireille less than a half step ahead of Keith for first female and he the first male, both were timed in 7:39.

Ian Cuffy V.I. Track and Field Federation was the second male in 8:29; Tom Maloney was third in 8:37; Louis Torres was fourth in 10:26; Rey Lutz V.I. Track and Field Federation was fifth in 12:09

Roma Maloney was the second female in 7:47; Shannan Calhoun was third in 4:51; Josephine Calhoun Shooting Federation was fourth in 8:02; Kirsten Jones was fifth in 8:06; Jimiah John Baptiste SCTC/V.I. Track and Field Federation sixth in 8:22; Lauren Jones seventh in 8:29; Kia Katlyn Jones 8::36; Maria Maloney 8:37; Lu Joseph eighth in 14:19; Beth Joseph ninth in 14:21

15 min/mile group

Jaidan Soe Comacho of St. Croix Dolphins/V.I. Swimming led the field with a time of 7:06; Genevieve Whitaher  was the first female finisher in 9:56.

Amani Estrill St. Croix Dolphins/V.I. Swimming was the second male in 7:59; Luis Torres St. Croix Dolphins/V.I. Swimming was third in 8:49; Number 18 was fourth in 9:55; Ryan Smith was fifth in 10:55; Rey Lutz V.I. Track and Field was sixth in 13:22; Seft Andrews seventh in 14:00;

Kat Downsdon V.I. Triathlon was the second female in 9:57; Chancy Smith was third in 10:53; Patsy Guthrie was fourth in 11:10; Sasha Charlemagne was fifth in 12:15; Aurea Valez was sixth in 12:42; Chelesa Taylor V.I. Track and Field was seventh in 13:25; Erin Andrews was eighth I 14:01

20 min/mile group

11 year old Abriella Messier led the way in 10:31; Willie Lewis Mary’s Fancy Track Club/V.I. Track and Field Federation led males in 12:35

Rey Lutz V.I. Track and Field was the second male in 13:41; Ronald Russell V.I. Track and Field was third in 14:37

Larisha Primus was the second female in 11:24;  ? Sloan was third in in 12:01; Sophia Artich was fourth in 13:09; Barbara Knight was fifth in 14:30; Hazel Smith SCTC/V.I. Track and Field Federation was sixth in 14:32; Victoria ? was seventh in 14:37; Bianna Mathis was eighth in 14:38

Opti Regatta, St. Thomas

Top Three Sailors Overall, L to R: Justin Callahan, Mitchell Callahan, Stephan Baker, at the Awards Ceremony at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Credit: Dean Barnes

The opportunity to learn, race and play with some of the best in the sport are qualities that make the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), a ‘must-do’ event for Optimist sailors and their families each year. This trio of events, which attracts 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors.

RESULTS

TOP 5 FINISHERS BY FLEET

RED FLEET

  1. Mitchell Callahan, USA (14)
  2. Justin Callahan, USA (21)
  3. Stephan Baker, USA (33)
  4. Mia Nicolosi, USVI (40)
  5. Rayne Duff, BVI (42)

 

BLUE FLEET

  1. Sebastian Spinelli-Sax, USA (140)
  2. Cort Snyder, USA (143)
  3. Jackson McAliley, USA (162)
  4. Katherine Majette, USVI (193)
  5. Jack Redmond, USA (236)

 

WHITE FLEET

  1. Tanner Krygsveld, USVI (166)
  2. Samara Walshe, USA (355)
  3. Griggs Diemar, USA (410)
  4. Charles Gilman Hackel, USA (481)
  5. Paolo Perino, PR (503)

 

GREEN FLEET

  1. Roger Casellas, PR (62)
  2. Sebastian Medina, PR (69)
  3. Jake Julien, USA (70)
  4. Gian Marco Piovanetti, PR (106)
  5. Owen Grainger, USA (130)

 

 

St. Thomas – Olympic Day Run

Results

Place          Name          Time

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  1. Ali Slinming 17:49
  2. Angel Morales 19:09
  3. Barb Michand 22:03
  4. Gloria Salas-Lindquist 24:22
  5. Miguel Quinones               25:37
  6. Sophia Aubin 26:44
  7. Aylson Monsanto 27:59
  8. Gus Slimming 27:03
  9. Casey Flowers 31:18
  10. Kathleen Muller                  31:20
  11. Amy Turkington 31:21
  12. Pat Bailey 34:22
  13. Joynelyn Monsanto 37:47
  14. Katie Tannenbaum 37:53
  15. William Flowers                 37:54
  16. Trent Kraychir 37:55
  17. Shamsie Slaughter 37:58
  18. Erie Matthais 39:05
  19. Margret Brandy 39:05
  20. Beverly Moses 43:28

Ride to the Rings Time Trial & Road Race, St. Croix

When: Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7am
Location: TT Start/Finish: Union/Mt Washington, RR Start/Finish: Castaways in Solitude (St. Croix)
Who: Five categories: Elite, Expert, Sport, Masters, Women
Awards: trophies for top finisher in time trial; medals for top three in all five categories in road race; location primes.

Dominic Pugliese, who is officially on summer vacation from Good Hope Country Day School (CHCDS), dominated the Expert field in 30:56.  Mario Peters crossed the line with Pugliese but started in a position 2 minutes ahead of him, leaving Peters in second place in 32:56.  Norbert Prospere was third.

James Meyers reined over the Sport category with a 36:00 finish; Hubert Abraham was second and Yves Abraham was third.

VICF will continue its tribute to Olympic Month with the Ride to The Rings Road Race.  The Elite race will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Kaleidoscope; all other categories will begin at 7 a.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Virgin Islands Cycling Federation Results of the Ride to the Rings Time Trial (held on Saturday, June 10. Distance: 20K)

Results

Elite

Stephen Swanton 30:57

Glenn Massiah 32:01

Sue Brown 33:27

David Morales 34:06

Mark Defour 34:16

Joey Swanson 35:22

Robin Seila 35:31

 

Expert

Dominic Pugliese 30:56

Mario Peters 32:56

Norbert Prospere 33:30

Jerry Remie 34:35

Ian Collins 35:00

Alvin Thomas 35:58

Jay Gleason 37:54

Laverne Fredericksen 39:23
Sport

James Meyers 36:00

Hubert Abraham 37:10

Yves Abraham 39:54

Angela Cherkis 49:59

 

2017 Olympic Month Activities

June 4th –  Beach Wrestling Demonstration, St. Thomas 
Time: 10 am
Location: Brewers Beach
Meet members of our Wrestling Federation and watch a demonstration about Beach Wrestling. After the demonstration, try some of the techniques under their instruction.
Contact: gabrielslaughter@gmail.com or call 340-690-8632
 
June 10th & 11th – Ride to the Rings Time Trial & Road Race, St. Croix
When: Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7am
Location: TT Start/Finish: Union/Mt Washington, RR Start/Finish: Castaways in Solitude (St. Croix)
Who: Five categories: Elite, Expert, Sport, Masters, Women
Awards: trophies for top finisher in time trial; medals for top three in all five categories in road race; location primes.
Contact: vicfsecretary@gmail.com or call 340-332-6282
June 11th – Olympic Day Run, St. Thomas
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Magens Bay
Run, jog, walk 2 miles. Official Olympic Run t-shirts to the first 100 finishers!
June 12th – 18th – Opti Regatta, St. Thomas
Location: St. Thomas Yacht Club
The opportunity to learn, race and play with some of the best in the sport are qualities that make the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), a ‘must-do’ event for Optimist sailors and their families each year. This trio of events, which attracts 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors.
June 25th – Olympic Day Run, St. Croix
Time: 5 pm
Location: Christiansted Bypass Overlook
Run, jog, walk – Official Olympic Run t-shirts to the first 100 finishers!
Email wallacewilliams@msn.com or visit their webpage (http://virginislandspace.org/) for more information.

Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) Announces Rio Olympic Team

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) announces 7 Virgin Islanders that have made Team Virgin Islands for  the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Laverne Jones – 200m

Caylee Watson – Swimming

Rex Tullius – Swimming

Muhammad Halim – Triple Jump

Eddie Lovett – 110m Hurdle

Clayton Laurent Jr. – Boxing 91+ kg

Cy Thompson – Sailing (Laser)

 

Olympic Month calendar

For many years we have celebrated Olympic Month

Olympic Day runs on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Recently, we have expanded our Olympic Month calendar to include more activities for you to get involved in.

All of our events are FREE!

June 11th

  1. St. Thomas Olympic Day Run – 7:30 am Magens Bay, St. Thomas. Run, jog, walk the flat 2 mile course then participate in our bare foot toga run on the beach. Official Olympic Run t-shirts to the first 75 to register. Bring your toga with you! More information here: ST. Thomas Olympic Day Run Photos

June 17th

  1. 19th International Optimist Regatta – St. Thomas Yacht Club, St. Thomas. Check out their webpage for more information.
  2. St. Croix Olympic Day Run – St. Croix Educational Complex Track. 5 pm. Run, jog, walk – Olympic Run t-shirts to the first 100 finishers! Email wallacewilliams@msn.com, visit their webpage  or click here for more information.

June 26th

  1. 9 am to 7 am Fort Frederik Beach, St. Croix. Volleyball teams 13 and up! For more information click here: Sand Slam Flyer

We look forward to your participation!

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 “Sport for Life” Photo Contest!

Gold

photo-contest-goldTranquility

Photo by Naela Hamad

I have countless SUP photos, but this photo is especially one of my favorites because of the feeling of tranquility I get when looking at it. It appears as though there’s no one at sea but them. One would never know upon glancing this photo, that there’s a crowded shore and numerous paddlers just a few feet away. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and with a vision and a camera in hand.


Silver

photo-contest-silverSwimming is for Life

Photo by Natalia Kuipers

Once you learn how to swim, you never forget, swimming is for life. It’s important to teach the younger generation to swim because we live surrounded by water. This is a photo of Matthew Lawaetz-Mays having fun and helping out a young Dolphins swimmer.


Bronze

photo-contest-bronzeSynchronized Start

Photo by Kelly Moore

Ky Odlum, 13, and Max Wilson, 11, have a synchronized start during a swim meet in St Thomas. Both swimmers continue to break their own records in various events and continue to prove themselves to be worthy competitors when traveling abroad. Ky and Max both qualified to participate in the 2016 Carifta Games, to take place in Martinique, March 22-25, 2016.

Sport for Life Photo Contest

2016 is the year of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. To kick off this year in sports, the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is sponsoring a Sport Photography Photo Contest. This contest is open to all amateur photographers who have an incredible photograph of a Virgin Islander demonstrating “Sport for Life” – by engaging in any sport at any level.

Photographs will be judged based on the photographer’s creativity and visual skills. Subject(s) in the photograph must be of a Virgin Islands resident engaged in sport. Subject(s) level can vary from beginner to elite, young or old. Our judging panel will consist of Virgin Islanders from all three islands, who have a passion for photography, sports or both.

By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the Entry Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Entry Rules. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Virgin Islands Olympic Committee. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules or your entry will be disqualified. There is no Entry Fee for this contest.

All photos will become property of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and will be displayed on the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Facebook page, its web page and in a public space (TBA) in the Virgin Islands.

Prizes:

Gold – $1,000 Silver – $750 Bronze – $500

Honorable Mentions (5) – $50 each

Entry Rules:

1)      Each entry consists of an entry form and a single image.

2)      Each Contest entrant must be the author of the original material submitted.

3)      Entries (entry form and single image) must be emailed to: NOC@VirginIslandsOlympics.org from January 25th 2016 to February 29th 2016 11:59pm local time).

4)      Entries must be submitted in digital format but the photograph need not be taken with a digital camera. Scans of negatives or photographic prints are acceptable. Digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

5)      Only 1 photo per person can be entered. Only your first photo will be entered.

6)      Single frame and single exposures only.

7)      Photographs may not show the name of the photographer or any other details (those details can be in the metadata of the photo, just not visible in the photo itself).

8)      All photos must be accompanied by a caption and a three-sentence story in English.

9)      Photographers under 18 must submit a guardian consent form with their entry. Request one from the VIOC Office: Email NOC@VirginIslandsOlympics.org

10)   The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee. The copyright holders will hold the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee harmless of any claims from third parties relater hereto.

11)   The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by VI Law.

12)   The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.