Shukla, Francis triumph at NAAA Cross-Country

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Tranquillity Secondary’s Kelicia Aguillera finishes first in the Under-20 female category during the National Cross Country Championships at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

SAMANTHA Shukla and Donnell Francis won the women’s and men’s 20-and-Over titles respectively when the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) Cross-Country Championships was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Sunday.

Shukla, running unattached, won the women’s 6K (six-kilometre) event in 25 minutes and 23 seconds (25:23). April Francis of Abilene Wildcats was a distant second in 32:37 and Lorena Mendoza of One-a-Week finished third in 37:53.

The men’s 8K category was more competitive as Francis won gold in 29:41 and George Smith of Defence Force was a close second in 29:56. Keron Ali, also of Defence Force, ended third in 30:56.

In the Under-20 6K category, Kelicia Aguillera of Tranquillity Secondary and Tafari Waldron of Cougars were victorious. Aguillera was the first among the girls in 21:04, Arlette Ollivierre of Signal Hill Secondary finished second in 21:33 and Shanille Greene of Falcons rounded off the top three in 22:00.

Cougars Tafari Waldron wins the Under-20 male category during the National Cross Country Championships at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Sunday. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

Waldron easily won the boys category as the national junior athlete stopped the clock in 13:51, Nkosi Toney of Signal Hill took silver in 14:24 and Cyril Sumner of Memphis copped bronze in 14:58.

In the Under-17 girls 4K division, Kayleigh Forde of One-A-Week won in 17:01. She was followed by Rasheeda Cave of RSS Phoenix in 19:11 and Andgel Davidson of Mason Hall Police Youth Club in 20:03.

Omere Thompson of One-A-Week was impressive in the Under-17 boys 4K as he won comfortably in 14:15. Zack La Rosa of Mason Hall Police Youth Club ended second in 15:26 and Jahbarri Richards of Toco TAFAC finished third in 15:56.

The Under-15 athletes competed over 2K.

TT junior athlete Aniqah Bailey of One-A-Week continued her strong showing in 2022 with victory in the girls category in 7:29. It was a close race for second with Gloria Henry of RSS Phoenix stopping the clock in 8:11 and Sylina Jack of Mason Hall ending third in 8:15. Henry delivered a sterling effort as she is only nine years old.

It was a tight finish between Isaiah Alder of Cougars and Keiel Samuel of One-A-Week in the boys Under-15. Alder finished in 6:55.6 to win gold ahead of Samuel who ended in 6:56.0. Khordae Lewis of One-A-Week claimed bronze in 7:07.

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