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Peter Sellier, 15, of Mike s Bikes
Cycling Team proved that he is
the best mountain bike rider in
the country when he won the open
category of the River Raid Nine,
hosted by the Rainbow Warriors
Triathlon Club at Samaan Park,
Chaguaramas, on Sunday.
Sellier, who was in a ding-dong
battle with former champion Jason
Costelloe (Team Beacon), waited
until the final of the four-lap race
to whip pass Costelloe to win in a
time of one hour, one minute and
52 seconds (1:01.52).
Costelloe finished second in
1:02.44, while Ryan Chin (Team
Breakaway) was third in 1:03.36,
followed by former triathlon
champion Ryan Mendes, 42, who
finished in 1:04.10.
In the two-lap event, the race
was won by Dimitri Commissiong-
Payne, 13, in 35:56, with James
Amow, (Rainbow Warriors) second
in 37:42 and Amir Ali third in 37:52.
Among the women, Maria Gooding
(Rainbow Warriors) was first in
41:40, second was Kiyomie Rankine
(Rainbow Warriors) in 48:38 and
Gabriella Gooding (Fujitsu Ninjas)
third in 49:14.
Among the youngsters, Theodor
Hagen won the Seven and Under;
Troy Llanos (Rainbow Warriors)
won the 11-12 and Darian Nimblett
won the 13-15.
In the 5km Trail Run, Livan
Reyes, 30, of Cuba won in a time
of 14:59, followed by the Guyanese
pair of Kelvin Johnson and Lionel
Lindsay Mies was the women s
champion in 20:15. Two hundred
and ninety-five runners faced the
trails of Chaguaramas, while the
mountain bike race attracted just
over 100 participants. Race organ-
iser Jason Gooding was very pleased
with the turnout and stated that
this was the most number of
mountain bikers to ever participate
in any T&T event.
The growing event attracted
sponsorship from Bermudez Wheat
Crisps, Fujitsu, ArcelorMittal,
Authority, Gatorade, Blue Waters,
Odessey Timing Company and
Mike s Bikes.
Alescon Comets and Jailal Enterprise Victoria
will play today at the latter s home ground for the
final quarterfinal spot in the last preliminary round
of the T&T Cricket Board s T20 Premiership com-
Already confirming quarterfinal spots are Queen s
Park One, Preysal, Merry Boys, Esmeralda, Powergen,
Calcutta and Jenexcon Tableland.
Comets and Victoria are locked on six points with
two wins and a loss. In the last round Victoria breezed
past T&T Prisons by nine wickets, while Comets is
well rested after its bye last week.
The winner of the Victoria/Comets match will
finish second in group B behind Merry Boys, as the
Diego Martin based team has sealed top spot after
winning all four of its matches.
In group A Queen s Park One and Preysal will face
off at the Queen s Park Oval. The winner will top
the group. All matches bowl off at 2 pm.
T&T Youth Olympic Games gold
50m backstroke medallist Christian
Homer won an individual bronze and
relay silver medal to help the Uni-
versity of Florida men s swimming
and diving programme secure its
third-straight and 36th overall South
Eastern Conference (SEC) Champi-
onship at the James E Martin Aquatic
Centre, Auburn, Alabama.
The programme s 36 SEC team
championships ranks second among
all sports in the history of the SEC
(Kentucky Men s Basketball is first
A 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team
Honouree and 2014 Academic Honour
Roll selection, Homer, now a senior,
touched the wall third in the men s
100-yard butterfly A-Final in 46.26
seconds to trail schoolmate Caeleb
Dressel (45.28) and LSU s Frank Greeff
The T&T swimmer then swam the
third-leg of his team s 400-yard med-
ley relay splash for silver in three min-
utes, 05.09 seconds, the fourth best
time for the event in school history.
The quartet of Homer, Solaeche-
Gomez, Dressel and Corey Main also
had a fifth-place finish in the 200-
yard medley relay in 1:24.95, also the
fourth best in school history while
individually, Homer was eighth in the
100-yard backstroke final in 46.73,
and third in the 200-yards backstroke
final with a time of 1:42.70.
And in a time trial swim, Main,
Dressel, Homer and Matt Curby
touched the wall in 1:18.07 in the 200-
yard freestyle, well under the NCAA
"B" qualifying standard of 1:18.62.
Overall, Florida "Gators" tallied
1,314.5 points well ahead of Georgia
(1234.5) and Auburn (1084) while it
won a total of seven SEC champi-
onships combined, broke three school
records and registered 16 other UF
The Gator men were strong in all
events, capturing individual victories
in the 100-yard butterfly (Dressel) and
the 500-yard freestyle (Mitch D Arrigo)
and earned a relay gold in the 800-
yard freestyle event while the third
placed UF s women won four SEC
championships, as Florida captured
the 100-yard (Natalie Hinds), 200-
yard (Amelia Maughan) and 1,650-
yard freestyle (Jessica Thielmann) titles
and the 200-yard individual medley
crown (Theresa Michalak).
Georgia (1,450) won the women s
title ahead of Texas A&M (1,166) for
the second year in a row.
Homer will next compete at the
2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving
Championships from March 26-28 in
Iowa City, Iowa. at the Campus Recre-
ation and Wellness Center.
This after he was one of the Gators
14 men to qualify from the various
meets through the season.
Comets, Victoria battle
for quarterfinal spot
ROUND FIVE FIXTURES
Clarke Road vs
Bamboo, Clarke Road
Queen's Park One
(QPCC 1) vs Preysal,
Queen's Park Oval
Merry Boys - Bye
T&T Prison Service vs
Victoria vs Alescon
Homer's Florida earns
third straight SEC title
battle the trail
at the River
Sellier, Reyes win
River Raid titles
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