St. Croix Women's Race

Sisters Michelle Smith, left, and Mikaela Smith, right, lead the pack away from the starting line Sunday in the 35th annual St. Croix Women’s Race, held in Frederiksted. Michelle Smith, 13, won the race in a record time of 11 minutes, 18 seconds.

13-year-old sets record in St. Croix Women’s Race

Michelle Smith, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ top junior runners, broke a 16-year-old record in winning the 35th annual St. Croix Women’s Race, held Sunday evening at Fort Frederik in Frederiksted.

Smith, the 13-year-old daughter of former NCAA champ Mireille Sankatsing Smith and St. Croix Track Club head coach Keith Smith, won the two-mile race in 11 minutes, 18 seconds.

That easily shattered the former event record of 11:29, set by Rachel Witty in 2003 when the Women’s Race was held in Christiansted. Nearly 200 runners took part in Sunday’s race, which finished at the Ann Abramson Pier.

The top three finishers all ran better than 12 minutes, a first for the Women’s Race. Bridget Klein, the cross country and track coach at Good Hope Country Day School, finished second in 11:32, with 18-year-old Mikaela Smith — Michelle Smith’s older sister and a freshman on Austin Peay University’s track team — third in 11:55.

Age-group winners were Katelyn Jones (9-under, 16:06), Candace Felix (9-13, 15:36), Shamara Butcher (14-17, 23:41), Rachel Conhoff (18-19, 12:46), Jalicia Dover (20-29, 18:39), Megan Lambert (30-39, 13:08), Colleen Cooke (40-49, 13:40), Irene Lewis (50-59, 18:26), Cynthia Hwitehurst (60-69, 21:59), Rita Bannister (70-79, 24:35) and Ena Berry (80-over, 40:21).

The fastest team award went to the St. Croix Track Club, while the largest school team award went to Good Hope Country Day School.

Eight win at V.I. Archery Championships on St. Croix

Eight archers took division honors from the biannual Virgin Islands Archery Championships, held Saturday at the Isaac Gatewood James Park in Frederiksted on St. Croix.

The results are:

70-meter Recurve: 1. Bruce Arnold, 558 points; 2. William Coles, 406 points. 50-meter Compound: 1. William Rodriquez Jr., 431. 50-meter Recurve: 1. Bil Becker, 256; 2. Tara Becker, 242. 30-meter Recurve: 1. Javier Ramos, 62. 20-meter Compound: 1. Dan Craici, 159; 2. Christopher Brooks, 131. 20-meter Recurve: 1. Destinee Emmanuel, 275; 2. Simeon Brown, 247; 3. Obadiah Emmanuel, 124. 10-meter NASP: 1. Elijah Murphy, 252; 2. Alyna Richards, 243. 3D Compound: 1. Jason Peifer, 372; 2. William Rodriguez, 355; 3. Oscar Rodriguez, 293.

Seventh-day Adventist paddleball tourney results

The results of the weekend’s matches in the Seventh-day Adventist Church Youth Ministries’ Paddleball Mentorship Project tournament, held at the Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts in Sub Base on St. Thomas.

Women’s Division: Juliet Sargeant def. Dawn Smalls, 15-9, 13-15, 15-9.

Boys Division: James Nosty def. Hector Baly, 15-9, 15-7; Cymoi Benjamin def. Ari-El Joshua, 15-6, 15-7; Nosty def. Benjamin, 15-11, 15-3.

Men’s Division: Bliss Bully def. Sherwin Pilgrim, 15-10, 15-6; Clarence Soanes def. Admed Joshua, 15-11, 10-15, 15-8; Alford Henry def. Cyril Benjamin, 6-15, 15-13, 15-9; Carlos Robles def. Felix Rey, 15-3, 15-8.

Tournament play continues Saturday night at the Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts, beginning at 8 p.m.

Registration deadline nears for Emerald Gems camps

The registration deadline is closing fast for the Emerald Gems Foundation’s fifth annual U.S.V.I. Youth Basketball Camps, which will be held in early August on St. Thomas.

The camps will be held at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School’s Digna Wheatley Gymnasium in two two-day sessions — for boys and girls ages 8-13 on Aug. 6-7 and ages 14-17 on Aug. 8-9. Each day’s session run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch is included.

Emerald Gems Foundation was created by St. Thomas native Milt Newton, now assistant general manager of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and his wife Shalaun in 2015, and the first U.S.V.I. Youth Basketball Camp was held later that year.

Registration for the free camps is June 11, with the camp size limited to 50 participants per session.

Interested participants can register online at For more information, email

Zero Tolerance youth league signup deadline on Friday

Registration for teams wishing to play in the Zero Tolerance summer basketball leagues is underway, with plans to begin league play later this month.

Coaches wishing to enter teams in the 9-12, 13-15 or 16-18 age group leagues should call 340-774-2640 or 340-626-4420 to register both their teams and players. The deadline to submit team rosters is Friday.

V.I. Track Championships set for Saturday on St. Thomas

The Carl Plaskett-Virgin Islands National Track and Field Championships will be held Saturday at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School’s track facility on St. Thomas.

The daylong meet will include track and field events for male and female athletes in all age groups. Interested participants must register by 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information or to register, visit or email

VIOC Golf Tournament set for Sunday at Carambola

Registration is open for the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee’s annual golf tournament, scheduled for Sunday at the Carambola Golf Course on St. Croix.

The four-player “scramble” format tournament will tee off at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $125 per player, or $500 for a four-player team.

To register, call 340-778-5638. For more information, call 340-719-8462 or email

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