Hitting Sports Monday
It was a chilly morning inside Capital City, Belmopan yesterday as 56 elite riders assembled for the blastoff of the 14th Annual Alpheus Williams Cycle Classic sponsored this year by the Ministry of health and UBDP. Among the hopefuls is the sole female rider, Shalini Zabaneh, who would create a tsunami if she could emerge with the Win. When we rejoin the race on the western Highway, it quickly becomes obvious that with the prevailing climatic condition and the paved highway and the 48.6 miles involved, today’s ride would be swift and highly competitive. Around mile 40, this bunch of some 15 riders endeavor to extricate themselves from the main pelathon but were never a real threat for the breakaway. Nevertheless, these 2 under 23 riders—David Henderson and Kyne Gentle decide to gamble so they up the pace from 28 miles an hour to 30 miles per hour.
When this deadly duo flashed past the mile 12 signpost, they’re still in control of the pace. However, this determined chase pack of 14 riders have them in their sight and do believe the 20 second lead is manageable. Still at the police booth, some 4½ miles out of the city, Henderson and Gentle still rile the ride and indeed their cooperative spirit keeps them in the lead. We’re headed to the finish line when all that ends as the battle for supremacy begins. David Henderson of Team Indeco has the lead and the inside lane. Kyne Gentle of D&D Consultancy tries to overtake, but that was not about to happen as David Henderson wins the 14th edition and Kyne Gentle settles for second place. Both were timed at 1:42:53 which eclipses the record set by 5 time winner, Greg Lovell and Juan Umana. They also picked up the prizes in the U-23 class. 23 seconds later, Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes gets no challenge for 3rd place from Marlon Castillo of Santino’s who rolls in 4th.
Folks the real spring came 39 seconds after the winner as 11 riders battled to round out the top 5 and it’s the speedster and defending champion, Greg Lovell of Santino’s who gets that honor. Just in case you’re wondering, Shalini Zabaneh, Belize’s best female cyclist, riding in the male elite class finished 42nd just 6 minutes 12 seconds off the pace. This allowed Kirah Eiley of Cray to pick up the female win with teammate Kaya Cattouse finishing 3rd. At the masters level, Kenroy Gladden set a new record by winning in his classification with a time of 1 hr. 5 mins 4 seconds forcing Santino, the cChief Castillo into 2nd while Steven Bisseh rounds out the top 3. At the junior level, it was Oscar Quiros of Cayo Uprising with the win while Deezan Spence of Twin Towns Cycling took the Juniors Class. The next big event is the New Years day Cycling Classic and all indicators are it’s going to be a monster.
In other cycling news, the Weekend Warriors Hell of the West held yesterday shows that Philip Burns of Cayo Rentals took top honors in 2 hrs. 11 mins 18 seconds beating out the Horizon riders; Andrew Papa Brown and Andrew Ordonez in that order. Weekend Warriors races are set for this Sunday, December 18th so stay tuned.
Now let’s check in on the National Athletics Meet staged at the MCC Grounds on Saturday. We’re at the start of the Men’s 100 meters. Keep your eyes on the man in black in lane 6, Mark Anderson, as he fights off a strong challenge from Brandon Flores in lane 2 to win the event in 11.10 seconds while Jervis Lambey finishes 3rd. Now here’s the female 100 and Kaina Martinez, the Central American Gold medalist, proves she’s still the best as she posts a time of 12.10 to beat out Chanelle Enriquez and Tiffany Welch in that order. In the discus throw, this throw of 30.94 meters by Justin Awe gives him the win.
On the female side, Central American Gold Medalist, Gloria Serano, took the discus throw with this launch of 29.69 meters. Another Central American Gold medalist strutted her stuff as Trecia Flores posted a distance of 5.64 to claim the long jump title while Kenneth Brackett’s distance of 6.9 meters on this jump gave him the male title.
In basketball news, Sadie Vernon repeated as champion in the Central Division High Schools Basketball Championship by rolling over St. John’s College in a wonderful ballgame at the Civic Centre Friday night that saw SJC get swept in 2.
Kashief Thomas who led the way in Thursday night’s 85-70 win got his first bucket some 5 minutes into the confrontation. Devin Daley was on top of his game for SJC earning 3 pts the old fashioned way with this slick move. Nevertheless this triple by Devin Peyrefitte gives SJV a left at the end of the 1st quarter—they’re up 27 to 18. In the 2nd, Sadie Vernon comes back—Lincey Lopez knocks down this tough bucket. Big man Andrew Ortiz then comes up with this monster rebound to sink the put back. It’s more Ortiz when Thomas finds himself in heavy traffic and he does deliver 3 big points. Thomas wants three; Thomas gets three as Sadie Vernon begins to roll. At the half SJC clings to a 1 point lead.
Finally in football news, we say congratulations to the Hattieville Youth Sporting Club for that successful marathon staged on Saturday. At the U-15 class, SMART Brown Bombers pm the finals with a 5-1 while at the U-17 level, it was the host team, Hattieville United Youth Sports Club with the 3-1 bashing of SMART Brown Bombers to take that title. Sorry about the tap guys.
Jah over All, I’m James Adderley.Email This Story