Release November 19, 2001
Islands National Cross-Country Teams Wins Bronze in CAC
runners for the Virgin Islands National Cross-Country Team overcame the
hassles of international travel to
run in Bermuda this weekend and came away with a third place finish for
the women in the 18th Central America and Caribbean
Ruth Ann David,
Theresa Harper and Sherma Aurelien were the just enough to make up the
“three member-score” team as they competed in the annual championships
which this year were depleted because of teams facing difficulty with air
travel. David led the field of runners from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica
over the very hilly and difficult Point Royal Golf Course for at least two
miles, she outran all the women from Jamaica to finish seventh overall.
Theresa Harper and Sherma Aurelien held on to score points for the
V.I. Harper was exhausted
after a late flight arrival the night before the early morning race.
Sherma Aurelien, a freshman at National Junior College Champion
(Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field) Barton Community College in Kansas,
traveled the furthest to compete and contributed points for the team.
More suited for the Junior Women race, based on her age and
experience, it is believed that she would have finished very high up in
the rankings, perhaps first, had she run.
The women’s team is the first to win a medal for the V.I. since
the beginning of the event in 1983.
The men’s team
took sixth place and were led by Billy Bohlke a senior at LSU.
Bohlke led the field for nearly two miles in the 7.3 mile course.
The runners form Mexico won the championships with Puerto Rico
second and Bermuda barley out running St.Lucia for third. Leopold
Fredericks put fort an effort which assured the V.I. of its placing by
picking-off a few runners near the end of the race. Lawrence Lockhart a
Freshman at East Tenn. State University and Masoui Mcbean, a senior at
Florida A&M University, held on to provide team points in finishing
The trip to
Bermuda was made possible with loans from the Virgin Islands Olympic
Committee, the Boys to Girls Foundation, the Jets Track Club and the
Virgin Islands Pace Runners. Also
through the special efforts of American Airline, U.S.Airways and Bohlke
America and Caribbean Cross-Country Championships were initiated by the
Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation proposal in 1982 in Havana,
Cuba. The Virgin Islands hosted the championships at the Flamboyant Race
Track in St.Croix in 1990.