Nero 11th at NACAC Champs

By Mark Pouchet

Tonya Nero finished 11th in the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championship women's six-kilometre event, at the Manchester Golf Club, Mandeville, Jamaica, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago runner clocked 22 minutes, 52 seconds to be the top finisher from the English-speaking Caribbean in an event won by Canada's Natasha Fraser (21:07).

Canada emerged as women's team champions.

Nero, who placed an historic second last year, was the lone T&T entrant in the women's 6K.

In the men's 8K, T&T runners Richard Jones (27:22), Matthew Hagley (27:55), Jules La Rode (28:34), Denzel Ramirez (28:45) and Kendis Bullard (30:06) finished 17th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 25th, respectively. American Craig Forys (24:46) emerged victorious.

The T&T men were fourth in the team event, behind United States, Canada and Jamaica.

In the junior men's 6K, T&T's Akeem Marshall (21:32) was 24th, while his teammates, Mark London (21:43), Jevon Joseph (23:01), Ashton Gill (23:13) and Romario Rodriguez (24:00) finished 26th, 29th, 30th and 32nd, respectively. Mexico's Edgar Garcia won in 19:10.

T&T finished fifth in the junior men's team event. Canada won, beating United States into second spot. Puerto Rico were third, Jamaica fourth and Bermuda sixth.

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