NATIONALS: District Six maintains supremacy in cycling
District Six (Corentyne) again reigned supreme, copping the cycling title at the 59th National Schools Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Championships.
The Berbicians accumulated a whopping 288 points, 51 more than their nearest rival after an exciting day of racing at the inner circuit of the National Park on Monday.
District 10 (Upper Demerara/Kwakwani) took second with 237 points, followed by District 15 (New Amsterdam) on 150, District Seven (Bartica) on 148, and Districts 11 (North Georgetown) and 13 (South Georgetown) tied for fifth on 150 points.
Completing the points table were: District Three (West Demerara) on 70, District Five (West Coast Berbice) on 57, District 12 (East Georgetown) on 50, District 14 (East Bank Demerara) on 39, District Eight (Potaro Siparuni) on 36, District Four (East Coast Demerara) on 23 and District Two (Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon) on 21.
The Champion Boy and Girl of each age group:
Under-14 Girls: Mary Lyken (District 10)
Under-14 Boys: Joshan Campbell (District Six)
Under-16 Girls: Rosheka Crawford (District Six)
Under-16 Boys: Mario Washington (District Six)
Open Girls: Alleia Alleyne (District 13)
Open Boys: Ajay Gopilall (District Six)
What they had to say:
Rosheka Crawford: “It feels great to win today. My brother (Romello Crawford), he rides for Guyana and he was the one who influenced me to ride, so I’m happy.”
Alleia Alleyne: “I feel excellent; first time getting a gold medal and this is my third year at Nationals. This is my last year and I was determined to get a gold medal. I trained hard and even missed out on some of my school work just to go out and compete.”
Ajay Gopilall: “This year I just come out to do my best. (Riding on weekends in the National Park) It gave me a big advantage because I know the track and I know the wind factor.”