Dec 7, 2003 — Juan Robles was the first-place finisher in the Annual St. Croix Metric Mile Road Race Saturday afternoon with a time of 4.29.60.
It was a rain-soaked event on the flat and fast Upper Love point-to-point course.
Robles, a former John H. Woodson Junior High School star and now a freshman at Central High School, took the early lead, running the first 400 meters in 70 seconds flat.
Veteran Greg Johnson, a teacher at Woodson and now in his fifties, worked his way through the small field of runners near the 800-meter mark and took second place in 4.50.80. Johnson won the race last year.
St.Croix Educational Complex senior Bernell Smithen ran a steady race and took third place in 5.06.30, and 13 year-old Hansel Estepan of WJHS was fifth in 5.22.74. Estapan nipped Kamal Russell — a St.Croix Country Day senior and top high-school triathlete and cyclist — at the tape for sixth in 5.23.02.
Carlos Robles of Woodson was sixth in 5.54.68, and Sanny Eugene of the the Complex was the first-place female in 5.27.53.
This race was the second in the Virgin Islands Pace Runners "Run Like the Wind Road Race Series." The next event on the running calendar and the third in the series is the Cane Bay Five Mile, Saturday, Dec. 20, beginning at 7 a.m. The race starts and finishes at Cane Bay Beach on North Shore Road.
For an entry form log on to: virginislandspace.org or call 340-777-0258 for information.
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