Ramirez, Nero triumph in NACAC 10K

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago's Denzel Ramirez and Tonya Nero won free airfare and accommodation to represent the country in the final leg of the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) 10K series, in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) next Sunday, after winning the Tobago leg, in Scarborough, yesterday.

Ramirez won the men's race, crossing the finish line in 30 minutes, 46 seconds to beat Grenada's Sherwin Paul (32:12) and T&T's Curtis Cox (32.26) into second and third, respectively.

Nero was the first female runner to cross the finish line and was 16th overall. She completed the ten-kilometre course in 38 minutes, 15 seconds. Grenada's Kernisha Pascal was second in 38:59. T&T's Jenelle Nedd rounded off the top three in the women's race, getting home in 39:44.

Ramirez and Nero, who were crowned National Cross Country champions two Sundays ago, pocketed US$500 each, and have a chance to compete in the final leg of the six-race series, on December 9 in SVG.

Yesterday's penultimate leg of the NACAC 10K series saw 27 participants from across the region run from Scarborough to Bacolet and then back to Scarborough, with Ramirez showing he is a cut above the rest with more than a minute separating him from second-placed Paul.

Results Men 1 Denzel Ramirez (T&T)—30:46 2 Sherwin Paul (Grenada)—32:12 3 Curtis Cox (T&T)—32:26 4 Kelvin Johnson (Guyana)—32:36 5 Kade Sobers (T&T)—33:40 6 Quincy Elliot (T&T)—33:48 7 Jerome Blackett (Barbados)—34:11 8 Reon Radix (Grenada)—34:11 9 Elvis Turner (T&T)—34:59 10 Lionel D'Andrade (Guyana)—35:03 Women 1 Tonya Nero (T&T)—38:15 2 Kernisha Pascal (Grenada)—38:59 3 Jenelle Nedd (T&T)—39:44 4 Karlie Pipe (Barbados)—41:45 5 Cuquie Melville (T&T)—46:17

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