Minister Anthony commits to monthly 5k race, as Forde and Morgan take Independence event


NATIONAL and regional distance running stars, Cleveland Forde and Alika Morgan stamped their authority to dominate the field on their way to claiming the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS)/Rising Stars Track Club (RSTC) 5k road race last Sunday.
Their performance created an impression on the Minister of Sport, Dr Frank Anthony, who, during the prize-giving ceremony, announced his Ministry’s commitment to a monthly 5k meeting, aimed at developing the sport of athletics.
So dominant was Forde’s performance that he won the event in a time of 14:41.3 while Cleveland Thomas was second in 15:09.6 and Wilbert Mingo third in 15:25.2. Tyshon Bentick and Chavez Sital rounded up the top five in the male race with times of 15:38.3 and 15.54.7 seconds respectively.
On the distaff side, Morgan completed the two-lap event in a time of 17:39.8 seconds beating Jevina Straker (18:53.1) and Ashanti Scott (18:53.8) in the process. Morgan ran without opposition throughout the journey that went up and down the Main Street course to Pegasus twice before finishing in front the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.
Udenhout Gullermo took the Masters’ title ahead of former CAC bodybuilding gold medallist Sylvon Gardner and Maurice Julian, while Alicia Fortune won the female Masters race ahead of Lorrieann Adams and Samantha Williams.
In the juniors, Ornesto Thomas and Adrian Foster finished in that order, following which D. Anthony committed to hosting one 5k race on the third Sunday of every month to aid in the development of athletes.