Two U.S. Virgin Islands swimmers set territorial age-group records — one of which was nearly 40 years old — over the weekend at the 2019 Long Course Sectional Qualifier, held Friday and Saturday at the Plantation Aquatic Center in Plantation, Fla.
Gabriella Brunt, 14, of St. Thomas, set a new record in the girls 50-meter backstroke with a time of 33.86 seconds, which gave her a fifth-place finish in the event.
Brunt broke the record of 34.05 seconds, set by Lauren Harcrow in June 2006.
Max Wilson, 14, of St. Thomas, set a new mark in the boys 100-meter backstroke, finishing sixth in the finals in 1 minute, 3.52 seconds. He bettered the territorial record of 1:04.10, set by Eric Roskopf in April 1980.
Wilson also had the St. Thomas Swimming Association’s only medal finish at the Long Course Sectionals, finishing third in the boys 400-meter individual medley in 4:59.29. In five individual events, he finished in the top 10 in all of them.
Wilson finished seventh in the boys 200-meter backstroke, eighth in the boys 200-meter individual medley and ninth in the boys 50-meter backstroke.
Brunt and Wilson also teamed with fellow St. Thomas swimmers Carter Maltby, 15, and Ky Odlum, 17, to post ninth-place finishes in both the mixed 200-meter medley relay and mixed 200-meter freestyle relay.
Also taking part in the Long Course Sectional Qualifier were Fairley Maltby, 13; Veronica Leinenbach, 12; Kurt Salapere, 14; and Kyra Odlum, 17.
Pugliese wins La Grange Circuit Race on St. Croix
ST. CROIX — St. Croix teenager Dominic Pugliese rode away from the field in the closing laps to win the Elite division race Sunday in the revived La Grange Circuit Race cycling race in Frederiksted.
Pugliese, a student at Good Hope Country Day School and a participant in last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, finished the eight-lap, 36-mile race in 1 hour, 47 minutes and 6 seconds.
Pugliese crossed the finish line at Fort Frederik more than 4½ minutes ahead of Jerry Remy and David Parris, who tied for second at 1:51:53.
In the Expert division, Ralph Bartlett edged Clive Parris at the finish line to win the six-lap, 27-mile race. Both riders crossed the line in 1:36:12.
In the Sport division, Olani Vanterpool edged out two other riders to win the three-lap, 13.5-mile race. Vanterpool crossed the line in 43 minutes and 36 seconds, as did James Meyers and Kasey Canton.
In the Masters division, Joseph Thomas won the three-lap, 13.5-mile race in 43:50, nearly eight minutes ahead of Valentine Dore in 51:41. Fred Rollins was third in 1:06:46.
The next race on the Virgin Islands Cycling Federation will be the National Guard Loop Race, scheduled for Feb. 24 beginning at 7 a.m.
For more information, call 340-332-6282.
‘Silly Sockathon’ duathlon races held on St. Croix
ST. CROIX — More than two dozen young athletes competed in the Junior Tri V.I.’s “Silly Sockathon” duathlon Sunday at the Susana Ocasio-Santana Park in Gallow’s Bay.
The top finishers in each age group were:
Age 5-6: Hudson Mirocha won the event, which had ¼-mile runs sandwiched around a ½-mile bike ride, finishing in 8 minutes, 15 seconds. Drew Sommer was second in 10:03.
Age 7-8: Henry Collins won the event, which had runs of ¼-mile and ½-mile and a one-mile bike ride, in 12:24. Tristan Samuel was second in 12:32, with Kai Tanguay third in 12:41.
Age 9-11: Cole Sommer won the event, which had a pair of ½-mile runs and a one-mile bike ride, in 12:43. Connor Bass was second in 14:07, with Teague Gleason third in 15:28.
Age 12-15: Kirra Lambert won the event, which had runs of ½-mile and one mile and a three-mile bike ride, in 28:56.
The next event on the Junior Tri VI schedule will be the Spring Fling Triathlon, scheduled for March 3 at Cramer’s Park on St. Croix. The race will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, call 340-513-2707.
USTA beginners program for adults on St. Croix
The U.S. Tennis Association and Clinical Lab are sponsoring a free program for beginning adults on St. Croix later this month.
The lessons will be held Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 19 at the Tennis Club of St. Croix.
For more information or to register, call or text 340-277-5939.
St. John 8 Tuff Miles road race set for Feb. 23
Registration is underway for the 23rd annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles road race, which will be held Feb. 23 beginning at 7:15 a.m.
The 8.375-mile race runs along St. John’s Centerline Road from Cruz Bay to the finish line in Coral Bay on the east end of St. John.
The race had drawn more than 1,000 participants over the past five events, with last year’s race postponed due to damage suffered on the island from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The participants in this year’s race will wear the number bibs that had been ordered and printed for the 2018 race.
Participants can register online at www.lightboxreg.com, or at three locations: at The Tap Room in Cruz Bay on St. John, or at the Caribbean Surf locations at the Havensight Mall or in Red Hook on St. Thomas.
The entry fee is $15 for runners age 19-under, $60 for runners age 20-59, and $30 for runners 60-over.
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