St Kitts & Nevis National Championships 2008
For the first time, the Male and female triathlon champions of the federation of St Kitts and Nevis, were crowned at an event conceived solely for this purpose, on Sunday afternoon the 13th April at the Oualie Beach Hotel the federations triathletes gathered to vie for the coveted titles.
23 athletes competed on this very windy afternoon, with MUA students and visiting tourists also joining the fun and games, with Olympic and Sprint distance races on offer for individual racers and relay teams. The Olympic champions are able to gain international recognition and valuable points on the PATCO and ITU ranking systems.
The Nations triathlon hero and OECS champion Reggie Douglas maintained his form to hold off the challenge of former champion James Weekes, whilst Miranda Fellows showed her true potential as she held off her nemesis Kristina Stoney to claim the female champions crown for the 1st time.
Visiting triathlete Neal Dunn from the USA took top honors on this day, narrowly beating Reggie to the finish line after a fierce battle out on the course, the far better swimmer Neal taking the early lead but Reggie showed his strength on the bike to close Neals 5 minute advantage and pass him to leave out first on the run. Reggie maintained his lead on the first of the two laps but Neal passed him on Hurricane Hill to win by less than a minute.
Neals partner Rene Russo was also busy providing a challenge to Nevis top female triathletes Miranda and Kristina, but it was to be Mirandas day all round as she boldly took the race by the horns and finished very strong and unchallenged.
The sprint distance was won by the ever present Keith Jones in the male division and MUA student Dre Edge won the womens category with some ease, considering it was her first triathlon. Dave Cook of the USA was third overall, and congrats to Joe and Margie Tonnies, who was second female overall, for taking time out of their vacation to join in. Other standout performances were shown by 13 yr old Shaun Brear, Jessups all star Godfrey Todd in his first sprint, and most notably Sarah Petre-Mears, who flatted out near camps and ran her bike all the way back so that she could complete the Olympic distance event, true grit and determination.
Special thanks to Penny Avery, Lynn Fiske, Moreen Phillip and Wendy Brear for their invaluable assistance in putting on this event.