The Virgin Islands National 10K Road Race championship was held Oct. 29 on St. Croix. The start and finish of the race were at the Landing Beach Bar at Cane Bay and consisted of two 5K loops.
Bridget Klein was the first female to cross the finish line and was also the overall winner of the 10K race in a time of 41:31.97.
The first male runner was Paul Adjodha in a time of 51:04.90.
Full results can be found on the VI Track and Field website at https://vitrackandfield.com/competitions/.
The SCIAA Cross Country Championship for the Elementary 1-Mile Race and the Middle School, JV and Varsity 2-Mile Race has been moved from Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2022, because of the flood warning that was issued.
The Virgin Islands National Cross-Country Championship for the U14: 1-Mile Race, U20: 2-Mile Race and Open: 5K Race will be held on Nov. 12 at Negro Bay, St. Croix. Athletes from the St. Thomas/St. John District will travel to St. Croix to compete for the championship title. Athletes can register on the VI Track and Field website at: https://vitrackandfield.com/competition-registration-form/
VI Track and Field and Cross-Country Team member Michelle Smith, a junior at Montverde Academy High School, competed in the Florida High School Regional Championships in Weeki Wachee, Fla., on Oct. 28. She finished 9th in the region with a time of 20:44 in the 5K race. Smith helped Montverde Academy to a 4th place finish in the region team standing.
Smith’s next race will be the FHSAA Florida State Championship Meet in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 5, 2022
Virgin Islands Track and Field and Cross-Country Team member Rachel Conhoff, a senior at Ursinus College, competed in the Centennial Conference Championship in Haverford, Penn., on Oct. 29. She finished 6th in her conference in the 6K race in a field of 94 runners while setting a personal record time in the 6K of 22:25.60. Conhoff was the first Ursinus College runner to cross the finish line, helping her team to a 4th place finish in the team standings out of the 10 teams in her conference.
Conhoff was named Ursinus Athlete of the Week for her excellent performance in the Centennial Conference Championship.
Her next race will be a home meet, the Ursinus Fall Twilight Meet in Collegeville, Penn., on Nov. 4.
Virgin Islands Track and Field and Cross-Country Team member Mikaela Smith, competing for Austin Peay State University, ran in the ASUN Conference Championship in Huntsville, Ala., on Oct. 29. She ran a personal record of 18:32 in the 5K Conference race and was the first Austin Peay runner to cross the finish line.
Austin Peay’s head coach, Valerie Brown, said, “The highlight of this season has to be the leadership and the fearless competitive spirit of Mikaela. There’s no better way to end your last season than the way she has done. When you can get over half of your team to have personal bests at the championship meet, that stamps for a good day.”
The conference race concludes Smith’s successful cross-country season where she ran three consecutive personal records in the last three races.