Jayden Davis of Precious Treasures International School and Tanesia Gardiner of the Clement Howell High topped the 2021 National Inter-High School Road Race held on Thursday, November 25 in Providenciales.
Davis stopped the clock at 19.36.10 seconds to be crowned overall winner, while Gardiner crossed the finish line in a time of 22.21.44 seconds to become the overall female winner.
There was a ding-dong battle for second place in the Under 19 Boys between Nadly Agenor and Hervidson Paul, both of Clement Howell, which took the two runners to the tape.
However, it was Agenor that pipped his rival in a time of 22.29.86 seconds. Paul crossed the line in a time of 22.30.09 seconds.
In the Under 19 Girls runners-up, Jenny Louis, competing unattached, finished second in a time of 25.32.98. Lynn Antoine rounded off the top three in a time of 26.25.10 seconds.
Hency Gedeon of the Louise Garland Thomas High School topped the Under 15 Boys Category. Gedeon crossed the finish line in a time of 19.30.10 seconds for first place, while Marco Williams of Marjorie Basden High in South Caicos, finished his race in a time of 21.13.45 seconds for second position, while Melique Williams of Louise Garland Thomas High, capped off the top three with a time of 21.34.45 seconds.
In the Under 15 Girls category, Branary Rigby of the Louise Garland Thomas High School stopped the clock in a time of 19.15.56 seconds. In second place was Fredelyn Brave of Alpha Christian Academy, who finished her race in a time of 29.34.26, and Roniesha Johnson of Louise Garland Thomas High, with a time of 30.15.30, ended in third.
The athletes were timed electronically courtesy of David Ferguson of V Chip Time from the Bahamas. The electronic motoring was done on the athletes’ bibs and shoes.
Shanta Seymour, Principal for the Clement Howell High School officially started the race.
Members of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force provided guided security throughout the routes until every athlete crossed the line. Route monitors, as well as water stations were also set up to assist exhausted athletes.
This year’s event was dubbed one of the better, if not the best organized of the events in the past, as marshals were on hand to ensure that athletes understand not only the routes, but also how to cross the finish line, as not to cause confusion.