Klyvert, Smith win second St. Croix cross country meet


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Shequilla Klyvert of St. Croix Central High School won the girls varsity 3.1-mile race in 24 minutes and 51 seconds, and Malique Smith of St. Croix Educational Complex completed that distance in 18:10 as they took the top spots in Week 2 of the annual 4-H/V.I. Pace Runners Cross Country Series at the University of the Virgin Islands' St. Croix campus.

Kelvin Benjamin of the St. Croix Track Club was the lone finisher in the Open 5K category and second overall with a time of 21 minutes flat.

Smith's time was 17 seconds faster than last week, and he was followed among varsity boys by Riis Motta of Good Hope-Country Day School in 22:07 in second. Edwin Parra of Central High was third in 22:07, followed by Karim Jno-Finn of Educational Complex in 22:25 and Duncan Coles of Good Hope-Country Day was fifth in 22:31.

Deanna Roumo of Educational Complex was the second-place varsity girl in 25:09, followed by teammates Karen Dascent in 25:24, and Ashley Paddie in 25:44 and Alile Browne was fifth in 26:58.

Complex's Rodney Griffin breezed through the junior varsity 2-mile course in 11:49 to take first place for the second week in a row. His teammate Barthelemy Peter finished second in 12:52, followed by another teammate, Sandro Carpio, in third in 13:27. Shevon Phillips of Central High was fourth in 13:54, and Valance Modeste of John H. Woodson School was fifth in 13:55 in a photo finish.

Rachel Conhoff of Good Hope-Country Day School continued her winning ways to take first place in the girls junior varsity race for the second week in a row with an time of 13:43 and slightly slower than last week. Mikaela Smith of Good Shepherd School with a sprint to the early lead in the race slowed in the end to finish second and match last week's finish with a time of 15:12. Krystahl Gordon of Educational Complex finished third again with a faster time of 16:08, followed by Stephanie Matthews of Arthur Richards School in 17:41 and Emma Logan of Good Hope-Country Day in 17:45.

Jael King of Alfredo Andrews School moved up to first place in the elementary boys 1-mile race with a time of 6:26 to improve on his second-place finish last week. Angel Torres of Juanita Gardine school finished second in 6:35, and Asani Cameron of Claude O. Markoe School was third in 6:43. Reyshawn Farrell of Ricardo Richards School, last week's winner, finished fourth in 6:49, followed by Jamar Ventura of Alfredo Andrews School in 6:51.

Jusenia Tuitt of Markoe School won the elementary girls 1-mile for the second week in a row, improving her time to 6:37. Tyanah Lake of Alexander Henderson School finished second again with an improved time of 7:07, followed by Sh'neah John-Lewis of Evelyn Williams School in 7:38, Michelle Smith of Good Shepherd School in 7:39, and Batoul Abdallah of Pearl B. Larsen School in 7:42.

The next run on the V.I. Pace Runners calendar is the third race in the 4-H/V.I. Pace Runners Cross-Country Series today. The 5K is open to all runners regardless of age or affiliation.

The annual West Indies Lab 5Miler will be held at 6 a.m. Saturday. This is a prediction run.

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