Thursday, 16 October 2014


The Oceania Cross Country Championships - Junior and Senior - was conducted in Guam at John F Kennedy High School today! Athletes from all over the Pacific competed in the event which was run under cloudy but very warm skies.

The first athlete across the line was Jenny Albert from PNG to take out the Women's Junior Championship Event. Jenny's time was 25.16 with the Silver medal going to Aria Perez-Theisen (Guam) in a time of 29.35 and Mika Rosario taking out the Bronze medal with a time of 30.17.

In the Junior Men Cross Country Champions. Fiji took out 1 and 2 and FSM in third place. Avikash lal won the race with a time of 29.22. Second place Ravnil Kumar ran 31.11 and bronze medal to Magdano Marquez in 33.55.

The Oceania Cross Country Championships Senior Men's title was taken out by Australia's Nicholas Wightman in a time of 41.13. Nicholas ran with his New Zealand rival Callan Moody for 5 of the six 2km laps of the Championship event before breaking away on the last lap to take out the event. Callan ran strongly to take out the Silver medal in a time of 41.34 - just 21 seconds behind Nicholas.

PNG's athletes Simbar Casper and Kupsy Bisamo fought to the end for the deciding bronze medal. Simbar fought hard to the end to take out the bronze medal in a time of 42.56 from his teammate Kupsy who ran 42.58.

Elodie Mevel Tahiti placed third in the senior women's Cross Country in Guam in a time of 33.25. The winner Courtney Powell of Australia ran a time of 28.55 to take out the title from New Zealand's Rachel Kingsford in a time of 29.37.