USVI Women’s under 20 Soccer Squad Dominates Turks and Caicos in Impressive Series Win

 Women’s under 20 Soccer Squad Dominates Turks and Caicos
Women’s under 20 Soccer Squad Dominates Turks and Caicos

The USVI women’s U-20 national soccer team hosted Turks and Caicos for an international series which resulted in two consecutive clean sheets for the USVI.

The USVI women earned two victories over Turks and Caicos defeating them 1-0 in Friday’s match then 2-0 on the following day.

“I was proud of how we withstood the other team’s aggressive play. The defense was outstanding and the team was very focused,” said head coach Eustace Bailey.

Zola Kaza put USVI up early, scoring the only goal of the first match by attacking from the right side of the field in the 16th minute. In the second half, both sides were unable to score due to solid efforts by the two solid goalkeepers.

Bailey credited the defense, especially the strong play of Tia Hughes and goal keeper Levania Lawrence.  “The team showed great improvement since our last match versus Antigua and Barbuda,” said Bailey. “Technically we were much better.”

On the following day, USVI’s Zola Kaza remained aggressive scoring two quick goals at the 10th and 16th minute marks. The team’s defense was remained sturdy preventing Turks and Caicos from creating any opportunities.

“Zola is the brain of the team, technically and tactically she was our best player and was good on both offense and defense. She really led us this series,” said Bailey.

Zola Kaza scored all three goals for the USVI squad. She was named the most valuable player.

For more information, contact the USVI Soccer Association office at (340)-719-9707 or via email at usvisoccer@gmail.com.

Cy Thompson has sailed his way into the 2016 Olympic Games

Cy Thompson

Coming off his Canadian Olympic Regatta win, Cy Thompson has sailed his way into the 2016 Olympic Games. The 26 year old St. Thomas native is no stranger to determination and prowess, he spent 1 month training with the Canadian Sailing team in Ontario. With a total of 15 scheduled races over 5 days, Cy’s preparation primed him for a solid start, “I stayed consistent throughout the regatta, did the math going into the last day and knew I just had to beat my closest competitor in one of the 3 races,” he said. Even with the setback of having his boat damaged before the race, Cy finished 38th which made him eligible to represent the Virgin Islands in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and gives him another shot at gold. Cy sailed for Team ISV in the London 2012 Summer Games.

Juan Robles on VITFF Grant to train at high altitude in Colombia

Juan Robles (in dark uniform) the top long distance road runner in the Virgin Islands and track coach at the St. Croix Central High School has been awarded a training grant for high altitude training in Colombia, South America for the summer. He joined some of his college teammates when he was a student/athlete at Turabo University in Puerto Rico at one of the Olympic Training Centers in Colombia situated at over 6,000 feet and ideal for long distance training.

The VITFF granted Juan a training grant for the purpose of both assisting with further developing his running capability and for making it possible for him to gain valuable technical and philosophical training in the theoretical and practical aspects of high altitude training for use in his capacity as a coach of distance and long distance runners (Juan received his IAAF Level I Coaching Certification last year).

While in Colombia, Juan was granted permission (a requirement of host country’s national track and field federation) of VITFF to compete in the Palmira Half-Marathon (at over 3,000 feet) where he ran the race in 1:13.41 for eighth overall and in his best time since he was a college runner and the best time for a V.I. runners in the past several years.

Robles has won the V.I. Half-Marathon champion for the past five years.  His best time in the race was 1:14 when he was running for Turabo Univ. back in 2010.  His 1:13 is the best time run by a Virgin Islander since the days of George Jules, Calvin Dallas, Marlon Williams, Wallace Williams.  Danny Dickinson has the V.I. record for the half-marathon  run in the 90’s when he ran a 1:10 on a St. Croix Course.  The fastest half-marathon ever run in the Virgin Islands was 1:06 by Douglas Wakihuri in 1998 when V.I.Pace Runners organized the race from Beeston Hill to Fort Frederik to recognized the Emancipation of Enslaved Africans in the West Indies which took place at the finish line of the race.

2015 Pan Am Games

TORONTO -Sailor Cy Thompson of St. Thomas carried the U.S. Virgin Islands flag on Friday night, leading the delegation of 18 athletes at the opening ceremony for the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

The USVI , dressed in blue and white, were one of 41 delegations in the Parade of Nations before 45,000 spectators at the sold-out Rogers Centre.

The ceremony, which was produced by Cirque du Soleil, was capped when recently retired NBA leg­ end Steve Nash, one of the most internationally recognized Canadian athletes of all time, ignited a bow l to transfer the flame to the  Games cauldron  located at the foot of the CN Tower.

More than 6,000 athletes are participating in the

Games that run through July 26. Story and Photo by Matt Schoch/Virgin Islands Daily News

2015 Virgin Islands Olympic Month Events

On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars.  Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world.

Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris.  The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

Over the last 20 years, Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. From 45 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the first edition in 1987, today the large majority of the 205 NOCs our joining in.

Events

Week 1

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1. Beach Clean Up

Date: June 7th
Time: 9:00am
Location: Brewers Beach
Water & plastic gloves will be provided.

 

2. Beach Wrestling Clinic

Date: June 7th
Time: 10am
Location: Brewers Beach
Virgin Islands Wrestling Federation will demonstrate basic moves, strategies and techniques used in beach wrestling. Wear shorts and a t-shirt. – Contact: Shamsie Slaughter 340-690-8632
3. East End Road Race, including Point Udall

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 7am
Registration: Race Day 6:15am to 6:45am
Location: Castaway’s Bar & Restaurant on St. Croix’s North Side Rd.
Categories: Elite, Expert, Sport, Masters, Women.
Contact: Theresa Harper 340-513-2707

Week 2

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1. VIVF Underage Beach Volleyball Tournament

Date: June 14th
Time: 9:00am
Location: St. Croix
The tournament is open to all male and females in the territory.  Three(3) age groups U17, U19 and U21.
Registration: vivolleyballfederation@yahoo.com

Week 3

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1. International Optimist Regatta

Date: 19th -21st
Time: All Day
Location: St. Thomas Yacht Club
Registration: Online STYC.net*
Contact: Margo Lynch 340-775-6320

 

2. St. Croix Olympic Day Run 1 Mile

Date: June 20th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: St. Croix
Registration: Calling 340-643-4557 or day of event.
Open to all ages.
Diplomas will be given to finishers. 

 

St. Thomas Olympic Day Run 1 Mile

Date: June 21st
Time: TBA
Location: St. Thomas
Registration: Call 340-643-4557 or register on the day of the event.
Open to all ages.
Diplomas will be given to all finishers.

 Week 4

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1. Kings of the Court

Event: 3on3 Kings of the Court
Date: 26th – 27th June
Time: All Day
Location: St. Croix Ed Complex Gym
Registration: Call 340-642-2857

Eduardo Garcia now top V.I. Long Distance Runner…Wins SEC 10K Championship…

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation announced today that Eduardo Garcia won the Southeastern Conference Championship in the 10,000 meters at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi recently. His time was 29:49.92. He is the first Virgin Islands long distance runner to win a major NCAA championship at the distance and the V.I. national record holder for the distance at 29:36.26.

Garcia made his debut as a V.I. National Track and Field Team Member in last year’s CAC Games in Vera Cruz, Mexico  and had the best ever V.I. performance by a Virgin Islander in the 10k with a strong fourth place finish behind the dominant Central Americans and just one spot out of the medals.  The junior at NCAA powerhouse the University of Florida impressed his coach Mike Holloway with his performance… “It’s an unbelievable accomplishment for Eddie (Garcia). You’re talking about a guy that really comes to work every day and does what we ask of him. But that was still a big surprise for everyone. Words can’t explain how proud I am of him…

On getting stronger as the race progressed:

“Garcia said “Our race plan was to keep myself in position the entire way. Also, we’ve been doing a lot of speed work, Jimmy (Clark) and I, so we both knew that if it came down to the finish then we’d be alright.”

On the final two laps of the race:

“With just those couple of laps left, I was just trying to score as many points as I could for the Gators, you know? This is the SEC Championships and I just ran with my heart during the end of the race. It was just all heart.”

Garcia is the second V.I. Track and Field National Team member to excel at Univ. of Florida at the championship level joining Eddie Lovett 110m hurdles as SEC Conference Champion. He is gearing up for the NCAA Regional Championships coming up this weekend and ideally the NCAA Championships to follow.  His next competition for the Virgin Islands National Track and Field Team will be The Pan American Games in Toronto in July.

Wallace Williams, General Secretary VITFF on Garcia’s performance at Starkville…”the track in Starkville is good to the Virgin Islands.  Several years ago, I had the opportunity to see our Billy Bohlke run personal best there in the SEC Championships when he was a senior and top distance runner at LSU.  Eduardo is in fine company, only a few Florida Univ. distance runners have achieved what Eduardo did there, he can count himself among that group which includes the great Olympian and Florida Alum, Frank Shorter, among others.  We are happy for Eduardo, we are proud of him.”

THE 27TH PARADISE 5K

The running of the 27th edition of The V.I.Pace Runners Paradise 5K gave local and visiting runners what they wanted, a tour of the toughest part of the run. 

leg in the 70.3 Half-Ironman and a chance to run with each other.  Juan Robles made a busy weekend of it as he took the lead from the start and never trailed and finished first with a time of 16:42. Billy Bohlke, doing it because he loves it, was second in 19:03; Tony Jolly was third in 19:46. 

The female race was much closer as St. Croix’s Rachel battled Claudia Beristan of Mexico for the title, Beristan held on to win over the St.Crox Track Club/Country Day Good Hope runner by a mere six seconds, 23:10 to 23:16. Stacy Menyez of Des Plains, Illinois was third in 27:35. 

The group of aproximately three dozen an international field saw the top ten males and females awarded race medals and race certificates. Each runner received a retro V.I.Pace Runners t-shirt. It included a contingent of Internation Triathlon Union officials on island to conduct a triathlon coaching course hosted by the Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation.

 

Place Name                Age S City            St Club       Time    Pace

===== =================== === = =============== == ========== ======= =====

 

1

JUAN Robles

26

M

St. Croix

 

16:42

5:24

2

BILLY Bohlke

30

M

St. Croix

 

19:03

6:09

3

TONY Jolly

43

M

 

 

19:46

6:23

4

RODRIGO Milazzo

42

M

Portugal

 

21:10

6:50

5

RANDALL Nielsen

42

M

St. Croix

 

22:02

7:07

6

ROBB Kulzynski

29

M

St. Croix

 

22:08

7:09

7

CLAUDIA Beristan

48

F

Mexico

 

23:10

7:29

8

RACHEL Connof

15

F

St. Croix

 

23:16

7:31

9

COLBY moran

13

M

St. Croix

 

23:23

7:33

10

TJ Vandehey

30

M

St. Croix

 

23:33

7:36

11

ADEN Stevens

16

M

St. Croix

 

23:36

7:37

12

HASANI Lynch

14

M

St. Croix

 

24:23

7:52

13

DREW Wall

34

M

St. Croix

 

24:31

7:55

14

ISAIH Stevens

14

M

St. Croix

 

24:57

8:03

15

MASON Lambert

8

M

St. Croix

 

25:21

8:11

16

KADEN Gleason

7

M

St. Croix

 

25:44

8:19

17

JAY Gleason

40

M

St. Croix

 

25:45

8:19

18

CHRISTOPHER Haug

31

M

St. Croix

 

27:29

8:52

19

JOSE FERINA Alfonso

54

M

Puerto Rico

 

27:31

8:53

20

STACY Menyez

27

F

Des Plains,

Ill

27:35

8:54

21

REGINA Stevens

40

F

St. Croix

 

27:42

8:57

22

JOHN Hourihan

59

M

St. Croix

 

29:04

9:23

23

MAYEH Russell

14

F

St. Croix

 

29:05

9:23

24

DENIS Honeychurch

68

M

 

 

30:46

9:56

25

NED Jacobs

63

M

St. Croix

 

32:21

10:27

26

KEVIN Moran

41

M

St. Croix

 

32:24

10:28

27 KARA Donnelly        36 F Cayman Islands                  35:02 11:19

28

ROSLYN Turner

62

F

St.

Croix

 

35:06

11:20

29

KIRRA Lambert

8

F

St.

Croix

 

37:28

12:06

30

MEGAN Lambert

33

F

St.

Croix

 

37:29

12:06

31

JAYDEN Lazama

9

M

St.

Croix

 

38:07

12:18

32 JENNIFER Sturm

31 F St. Croix

38:09

12:19

33 REY Lutz

62 M St. Croix

38:44

12:30

 

AWARD LIST FOR  RACE THE 27TH PARADISE 5K

Distance: 3.1 Miles…Rolling Course…

Segment of Ironman 70.3 Run Course April 30, 2015

The Buccaneer Resort Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands USA Organized by: The Virgin Islands Pace Runners

Sanctioned by: The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation

 

********** MALE OVERALL RESULTS FOR 5K RACE ***********

 

1

JUAN Robles

26

St.

Croix

16:42

16:42

16:42

2

BILLY Bohlke

30

St.

Croix

19:03

19:03

19:03

3

TONY Jolly

43

 

 

19:46

19:46

19:46

4 RODRIGO Milazzo       42 Portugal                         21:10   21:10   21:10

5

RANDALL Nielsen

42

St.

Croix

22:02

22:02

22:02

6

ROBB Kulzynski

29

St.

Croix

22:08

22:08

22:08

7

COLBY moran

13

St.

Croix

23:23

23:23

23:23

8

TJ Vandehey

30

St.

Croix

23:33

23:33

23:33

9

ADEN Stevens

16

St.

Croix

23:36

23:36

23:36

10

HASANI Lynch

14

St.

Croix

24:23

24:23

24:23

11

DREW Wall

34

St.

Croix

24:31

24:31

24:31

12

ISAIH Stevens

14

St.

Croix

24:57

24:57

24:57

13

MASON Lambert

8

St.

Croix

25:21

25:21

25:21

14

KADEN Gleason

7

St.

Croix

25:44

25:44

25:44

15

JAY Gleason

40

St.

Croix

25:45

25:45

25:45

16

CHRISTOPHER Haug

31

St.

Croix

27:29

27:29

27:29

17 JOSE FERINA Alfonso   54 Puerto Rico                      27:31   27:31   27:31

18

JOHN Hourihan

59

St.

Croix

29:04

29:04

29:04

19

DENIS Honeychurch

68

 

 

30:46

30:46

30:46

20

NED Jacobs

63

St.

Croix

32:21

32:21

32:21

21

KEVIN Moran

41

St.

Croix

32:24

32:24

32:24

22

JAYDEN Lazama

9

St.

Croix

38:07

38:07

38:07

23

REY Lutz

62

St.

Croix

38:44

38:44

38:44

********** FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS FOR 5K RACE ***********

1 CLAUDIA Beristan      48 Mexico                           23:10   23:10   23:10

 

2

RACHEL Connof

15

St.

Croix

 

23:16

23:16

23:16

3

STACY Menyez

27

Des

Plains,

Ill

27:35

27:35

27:35

4

REGINA Stevens

40

St.

Croix

 

27:42

27:42

27:42

5

MAYEH Russell

14

St.

Croix

 

29:05

29:05

29:05

6  KARA Donnelly         36 Cayman Islands                   35:02   35:02   35:02

7  ROSLYN Turner         62 St. Croix                        35:06   35:06   35:06

8  KIRRA Lambert          8 St. Croix                        37:28   37:28   37:28

9  MEGAN Lambert         33 St. Croix                        37:29   37:29   37:29

10  JENNIFER Sturm        31 St. Croix                        38:09   38:09   38:09 MALE AGE GROUP: 1 – 9

1      15 MASON Lambert          25:21   8 St. Croix                25:21 25:21

2      16 KADEN Gleason          25:44   7 St. Croix                25:44 25:44

3      31 JAYDEN Lazama          38:07   9 St. Croix                38:07 38:07

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   1 – 9

1    29 KIRRA Lambert          37:28   8 St. Croix                37:28 37:28

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   10 – 19

1     8 RACHEL Connof          23:16  15 St. Croix                23:16 23:16

 

 

2

MALE AGE

23 MAYEH Russell GROUP:  10 – 19

29:05

14

St.

Croix

29:05

29:05

1

9

COLBY moran

23:23

13

St.

Croix

23:23

23:23

2

11

ADEN Stevens

23:36

16

St.

Croix

23:36

23:36

3

12

HASANI Lynch

24:23

14

St.

Croix

24:23

24:23

4

14

ISAIH Stevens

24:57

14

St.

Croix

24:57

24:57

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 – 29

1    20 STACY Menyez

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 – 29

1     1 JUAN Robles

27:35

 

16:42

27

 

26

Des Plains, Ill

 

St. Croix

27:35

 

16:42

27:35

 

16:42

2     6 ROBB Kulzynski FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 – 39

1    27 KARA Donnelly

22:08

 

35:02

29

 

36

St. Croix

 

Cayman Islands

22:08

 

35:02

22:08

 

35:02

2    30 MEGAN Lambert

37:29

33

St. Croix

37:29

37:29

3    32 JENNIFER Sturm

38:09

31

St. Croix

38:09

38:09

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 – 39

1

2 BILLY Bohlke

 

19:03

30

St.

Croix

19:03

19:03

2

10 TJ Vandehey

 

23:33

30

St.

Croix

23:33

23:33

3

13 DREW Wall

 

24:31

34

St.

Croix

24:31

24:31

4

FEMALE

18 CHRISTOPHER AGE GROUP:  40 –

Haug 49

27:29

31

St.

Croix

27:29

27:29

1

7 CLAUDIA Beristan

23:10

48

Mexico

23:10

23:10

2

MALE AGE 1

21 REGINA Stevens GROUP:  40 – 49

3 TONY Jolly

27:42

 

19:46

40

 

43

St. Croix

27:42

 

19:46

27:42

 

19:46

2

4 RODRIGO Milazzo

21:10

42

Portugal

21:10

21:10

3

5 RANDALL Nielsen

22:02

42

St. Croix

22:02

22:02

4

17 JAY Gleason

25:45

40

St. Croix

25:45

25:45

5

26 KEVIN Moran

32:24

41

St. Croix

32:24

32:24

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 – 59

MALE AGE

1

GROUP:

19 JOSE

50 – 59

FERINA Alfonso

 

27:31

 

54

 

Puerto Rico

 

27:31

 

27:31

2

22 JOHN

Hourihan

29:04

59

St. Croix

29:04

29:04

                       

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   60 – 99

1    28 ROSLYN Turner          35:06  62 St. Croix                35:06 35:06

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 – 99

 

1

24

DENIS Honeychurch

30:46

68

 

 

30:46

30:46

2

25

NED Jacobs

32:21

63

St.

Croix

32:21

32:21

3

33

REY Lutz

38:44

62

St.

Croix

38:44

38:44

17th Children Run Christiansted “Live and In Color”

 

The start of the 17th Children Run Christiansted “Live and In Color”

With a total of 228 official finishers and over 50 unofficial participants, boys and girls 13 and under.  Number 99 Valence Modeste of the St. Croix Track Club successfully defended his title, took the lead early on and held it down King St. to the finish at the Scale House of the Christiansted National Historic Site, his time was 1 minute 23 seconds for the 530meter race. Mikaela Smith also of the St. Croix Track Club defended her title as well and finished first for females and second overall, her time was 1:31.

The youngest male in the race was 1 year old Omar Mutidi 5:42 and the youngest female was 1 year old Isabelle Smith with a time of 5:15.

Participants in the event had guest celebrated founder of the Last Poets…the father of rap, David Nelson as the honorary starter for the race. Participants also have a chance to win a prize by doing the online quiz about the history of the St. Croix Triathlon, the Children Run Christiansted and the Christiansted National Historic Site.

 

THE 17TH ANNUAL CHILDREN RUN CHRISTIANSTED

Sunday Market Square to Christiansted National Historic Site

530 Meters

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix, Virgin Islands May 1, 2015

Hosted by Christiansted Restaurant and Merchants Association and The National Park Service…Triathlon Jump-Up Organized by: The Virgin Islands Pace Runners

Sanctioned by: The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation

 Place Div No.  Name                             City           St Age S Run

===== === ==== =============================== ============== == === = =======

1

1

99

VALANCE Modeste

St. Croix Trac

13

M

1:23

2

1

101

MIKAELA Smith

St. Croix Trac

13

F

1:31

3

2

297

JUSENIA Tuitt

Hounds & Foxes

13

F

1:39

4

1

96

MAKARI Mathew

St. Croix

11

M

1:40

5

2

25

ASHTON Patalidis

Good Hope Coun

13

M

1:41

6

2

91

NASH Ramsdell

St. Croix Trac

12

M

1:41

7

1

230

PAIGE Combie

Hounds & Foxes

12

F

1:43

8

3

264

MIKEY Dizon-Bauman

Good Hope Coun

11

M

1:49

9

2

100

MICHELLE Smith

St. Croix Trac

8

F

1:52

10

4

206

Masse Hatcher

St. Mary’s

8

M

1:53

11

5

7

REICE Richards

Good Hope Coun

10

M

1:54

12

3

84

JORDON Frederick

Free Will Bap

13

M

1:55

13

6

85

MASON Lambert

Good Hope Coun

8

M

1:56

14

3

43

T’ANNA Lake

Hounds & Foxes

10

F

1:57

15

4

58

GRACIE Sperber

Good Hope Coun

11

F

2:00

16

7

49

ZAHNIYAN Forde

Eulalie Rivera

10

M

2:01

17

8

9

RONEL Schjang

Good Hope Coun

9

M

2:03

18

5

37

KIARRA lambert

Good Hope Coun

8

F

2:03

19

9

45

LAKE Sanford

Good Hope Coun

12

M

2:04

20

10

208

DERANTE Larsen

 

8

M

2:06

21

3

46

OLIVIA Hanley

Good Hope Coun

13

F

2:06

22

11

44

TYLER Jones

AZ Academy

8

M

2:06

23

12

10

ETHAN Bourque

St. Croix

9

M

2:06

24

13

76

JAHNEIM Samuel

Eulalie Rivera

10

M

2:07

25

14

39

NATHAN Langley

Good Hope Coun

8

M

2:07

26

15

103

JACKSON Archambault

Good Hope Coun

8

M

2:08

27

6

262

J’NEOLISE Green

Hounds & Foxes

8

F

2:09

See full results at Virgin Islands Pace