Annual Cruise-to-Run makes its St. Croix debut


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The seventh annual Cruise-to-Run made its first stop on St. Croix on Sunday. The cruise, which makes five Caribbean stops for road races, takes place on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas ship. The running tour also makes stops on St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados.

Nearly 200 runners took part in the event, which in the previous six years made its USVI stop on St. Thomas.

Runners competed for the best overall time and to see who could get closest to his or her predicted time in Frederiksted.

Francis Stanbury of Seattle was the top overall finisher with a time of 17 minutes and 28.7 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. Amos King of Lancaster, Pa., was second in 18:04.2 and Robert Metz of Louisville, Ky., was third in 19:03.9. St. Croix's Billy Bohlke pushed his son, Jack, in a stroller and still managed a fourth-place finish in 19:31.4.

Michaela Skelly-Lankford of Glendale, Ariz., was the top female finisher in 21:37.8. Kiriam Thompson of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, was second in 22:02.5, and Margorie Olsho of Fort Washington, Pa., was third in 22:08.3.

Michael Stubber of Reading, Pa., was the closest to his predicted time of 23:30. Stubber finished in 23:30.1. Barbara Tatge of Lakeland, Tenn., was second in the predicted time category. She ran 26:37.7 and predicted 26:32. Robert Laue of St. Louis Park, Minn., finished in 24:25.3 for third place and predicted 24:28.

The St. Croix portion of the Cruise-to-Run was dedicated to the memory of event founder Jerry Friesen and Joryn Turnbull of the V.I. Tourism Department. Both individuals died in 2011.

Friesen's wife, Jody Friesen, has continued her role as a race organizer. Her husband also helped with the staging of the Ironman St. Croix 70.3 Triathlon, according to the V.I. Pace Runners. Turnbull had coordinated activities for the event in St. Thomas.

Competitors included Bart Yasso of Runner's World Magazine and Ironman triathlete and Paralympian Sarah Reinertsen. Yasso has completed races on all seven continents. Reinertsen was the first woman to complete the Ironman World Championship with a prosthetic leg.

All proceeds from the St. Croix event will benefit the Women's Coalition of St. Croix.

Cruise-to-Run St. Croix 5K

St. Croix Men's League soccer

Four teams advanced out of the second leg of the USVI Soccer Association's St. Croix Men's League on Sunday.

The Rovers, Helenites and Unique advanced after wins at Paul E. Joseph Stadium. Chelsea also advanced with a better goal average than Prankton and Skills. The latter two teams were eliminated.

The Helenites will play Unique at 6:30 tonight in the first semifinal. The Rovers and Chelsea will play in the second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. The second leg of the semifinal round will be played Sunday. Games start at 5 p.m.

The Rovers cruised to a 10-1 win over Prankton on Sunday. Taha Qatam (3), Sammy Abdulgani (2), Kamel Abdulgani, Jonas Verhoff, Alberto VanGurp Jr., Carmelo Rodriguez and Dwayne Trimm scored as the Rovers earned the league's top spot on goal average.

The Helenites advanced as the second-place team following their 5-90 win over Skills. Garrick Mathurin scored a league-high four goals and Edwin Serieux had the fifth.

Unique advanced with a 4-2 win over Chelsea. Kevin Shepard (2), Keithroy Cornelius and Mathew Jordan scored for Unique. Chelsea picked up goals from Marlon Hibbert and James Richardson.

For more information, contact the USVI Soccer Association at 719-9707 or usvisoccer@gmail.com.

Chess champions crowned

Place-winners in three different age groups were honored following the Scholastic Chess Tournament at Lockhart Elementary School on Saturday on St. Thomas. Antilles School had the overall winners in each category.

Results

9 and under

1. Alessandro Gever (Antilles)

2. Taber Helton (Montessori)

3. Amir Otley (Montessori)

Honorable mention

Tajahni Harrigan for most improved (Yvonne Bowsky Elementary)

12 and under

1. Manav Thadani (Antilles)

2. Teon Persaud (Ulla Muller Elementary)

3. Kamden Benjamin (Montessori)

13 and over

1. William Van Rensselaer (Antilles)

2. Shamiel Vanterpool (CAHS)

3. Nkosi Jones (UVI).

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or tchapman@dailynews.vi.

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