Mark London of Bishops High sprinted to victory at the opening leg of the 2011 NAAA Cross Country Series at the Mt Irvine Golf Course in Mt. Irvine, Tobago on Saturday afternoon. The 2011 Carifta Boys Under 20 800m bronze medallist completed the six-kilometre three-lap race course ahead of veteran distance runner Kade Sobers and fellow Bishop student and training mate Stephen Revello, to maintain his unbeaten record on the wet Mt Irvine grounds. London took an early lead as the top trio pulled away by the end of the first lap before London, the 2010 double Carifta Champion, went ahead and cruised to a comfortable victory. Kafaba Waldron (Roxborough Secondary) and Anton Cruikshank (Bishop High) completed the top five. The runners had to maneuver the wet and muddy surface as the clouds opened up before the start of the race. Many were slipping and skidding down the undulating slopes as the barefoot runners feared worse. 

Terry Ann Roberts (Pentecostal Light and Life) captured the female race ahead of Kenoriah Smith (Bishop High School) as both exchanged the lead early in the race. Jeresia Mc Eachrane (Signal Hill Secondary) originally crossed the line first but had only completed two laps. In the under-15 2k one-lap event Roxborough Secondary took three of the top four spots. Shaquille Mitchell won ahead of Shurneil Bascombe with Jahmaili Gordon in fourth as Ackel Carrington (Bishops High) finished third to prevent a Roxborough sweep. Mason Hall Secondary’s Reneice Joseph ran away with the girls’ race from 11 year old Ornella Walker (Mason Hall Primary) and Shineel Andrews (Scarborough Secondary).  Bishops High’s Jamelia Potts (Bishops High) and April Ewing were fourth and fifth respectively. The next leg of NAAA Cross country series is carded for Saturday 19 November at the Sevilla Golf Course in Couva.


Under 15 2K


1 Reneice Joseph Mason Hall Secondary

2 Ornella Walker Mason Hall Primary

3 Shineece Andrews Scarborough Secondary

4 Jamelia Potts Bishops High

5 April Ewing Bishops High


1 Shaquille Mitchell Roxborough Secondary

2 Shurneil Bascombe Roxborough Secondary

3 Ackel Carrington Bishop High

4 Jahmaili Gordon Roxborough Secondary

5 Daniel Moore

Over 15 6K


1 Terry Ann Roberts Pentecostal Light and Life

2 Kenoriah Smith Bishops


1 Mark London Bishops High

2 Kade Sobers Unattached

3 Stephen Revello Bishops High

4 Kafaba Waldron Roxborough Secondary

5 Anton Cruikshank Bishop High

By Clayton Clarke