Stoby holds off young Romney to win College Classic Series race

350x_1_12020002_10153717927096057_190454808334560334_n_01By VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- 14-year old Samuel Romney made it an exciting battle in the 3rd race of the Highland Spring College Classic 2-mile race series on Tortola on October 24, 2015 as he pushed series leader Reuben J. A. Stoby all the way to the finish line.

Romney took an early lead as Stoby started at a slow pace but eventually pursued the young Romney who was pushing a decent and consistent pace that even recognised road runners Julius Farley and Guy Williamson didn’t try to match.

The two ran together from just before the turnaround on Agriculture Road in Paraquita Bay and at one point Romney even tried to get away from Stoby who was tucked in behind him. Stoby accelerated on the final turn to the finish but Romney refused to be dropped as he dug deep but Stoby had the stronger legs.

Stoby clocked 11:25 for the win and has virtually won the series having won three races. The two-mile series adds to his 5k and 10k series titles this year.

Romney came close behind in 11:28.

Julius Farley was third in 11:58, Guy Williamson fourth in 12:08 and Ronique Todman fifth.

Meanwhile, another youngster Kira Romney burst on to the scene with victory in the women’s two-mile race. Romney recorded a time of 15:00 to edge out veteran road runner Kay Reddy (15:09). Gillian Plaxton was third in 15:47.

To mark World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Tortola teamed up with the HLSCC College Classic Series to race for the final eradication of polio worldwide.