On the Divali holiday, last week Tuesday, it was the light of Denzel Ramirez that shone the brightest, the 29-year-old distance runner from Enterprise, Chaguanas beating a field of over 300 runners to win the Air Bon Sonics Athletic Club's 7th annual George Lancelot 5K Classic. He completed the course in 16 minutes, 52 seconds to take home the $1,500 winner's prize. Ramirez was also the winner of last month's TTARP 5K.
Jules La Rode of Penal produced a splendid effort to secure second spot in 16:57. The 2011 champion, Curtis Cox had to settle for third in 17:33, while Sandino Nero was fourth fastest in 17:49. Kent Baboolal (18:09) and Sterlen Paul (18:11) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Schools cross country champion, 16-year-old Akeem Marshall (18:19), wearing the colours of Toco Titans, copped seventh spot.
Among the women, Tonya Nero, T&T's standout female distance runner, was fast out of the blocks at the Arima Agricultural Society start line and was a comprehensive winner, crossing the finish line outside the Bon Air Recreation Ground in 19 minutes, three seconds. Nero, who was 12th overall, collected $1,500 for topping the women's field. Last month, in Guyana, Nero captured the South American 10K women's title in 38:06.
Last year's George Lancelot 5K Classic female winner, Jenelle Nedd, a late entry in last week Tuesday's race, nailed second spot in 21:01. Schools cross country champ, 14-year-old Donicia Antoine of Toco Titans more than held her own among the senior runners, finishing third in 22:29. Juliet John-Sambrano (22:37), Leisl Puckerin (23:23) and Mikayla Ottley (23:57) were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, while seventh spot was copped by Kernesha Spann (24:12).