Corentyne retains cycling title by a wheel

National Schools Championships…

District 10’s Abigail Jeffrey, winner of the Girls 25Km Road Race on Sunday, added two gold medals and a silver  to her prizes yesterday at the Cycling Championships staged at the National Park’s inner circuit.

Riding powerhouse, Corentyne (District Six) retained their school’s cycling championship by a wheel yesterday in the National Park after a strong late surge by the pedal pushers of Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10).

The cyclists from Region Six brought their talents to the city and amassed 245 points to highlight Day Two of the 58th National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships.

District Six finished just eight points ahead of District 10 which recorded 237 points.

The two standout cycling districts were miles ahead of their closest rival, District 15 (New Amsterdam) which finished third with 130 points.

Standout riders, Ajay Gopilall, David Hicks and Shabina Ramoo were some of the top performers for Berbice based District.

O’Neal Rose was one of the standout wheelsmen for District 10 (Upper Demerara/Kwakwani). He rode his way to three gold medals.

District 10’s challenge was spearheaded by O’Neal Rose and Abigail Jeffrey who earned commanding wins.

Rose won Gold in the 5000M Boys Open, 800M Boys Open and 1000M Boys Open races while Jeffrey who had won the Girls 25Km road race on Sunday, added Gold to her name in the 3000M Girls Open and 400M Girls Open. She also copped silver in the 800M Girls Open.

The day’s action saw some thrilling encounters especially in the 1500M events; first Denzil Huntley (District 10) edged District Six’s Ralph Seenarine to mine gold in the Boys Open event while Roy Wilson of District 14 had to settle for bronze.

On the distaff side of the 1500M Open event, Maria Carrington (District Seven) was the surprise package as she convincingly defeated Ramoo (District Six) to the gold while District 10’s Crystal Hutson had to settle for silver.

The National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships which commenced on Sunday will continue today and over the next three days at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.

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