Oshane Archibald, Natoya Goule and Alphonso Cunningham were winners at the 6th staging of the Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs on Saturday night.
Archibald of GC Foster College crossed the finish line first to take top honours in the men's category over second-placed Dwayne Graham and teammate Garfield Gordon in third.
Olympian Natoya Goule took first place in the female category, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical's Megan Thompson and Samantha Pryce, who finished second and third respectively.
In the wheelchair category, Digicel Ambassador Cunningham won ahead of Joel Brown in second and Marcus Williams in third.
The run, which started at the Digicel headquarters at 7 pm, attracted more than 10,000 participants, with proceeds from this year’s race going to five special needs beneficiaries including the Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA), Early Stimulation Program (ESP), Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID), Jamaica Down’s Syndrome Foundation (JDSF) and Mustard Seed Communities.
Maurice Wilson, acting principal and head coach of G.C. Foster/Sprintec and Jamaica team to the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, receiving his award from Patricia Harris, Councillor for the Angels division in St Catherine
Athletes and officials from G.C. Foster College and the Sprintec Track Club, who travelled with the Jamaica team to the recent IAAF World Championships in London, were honoured at a special reception held at the college yesterday.
Minister of Education Ruel Reid, the guest speaker, hailed the athletes and officials from the institution.
"Despite the dreadful conditions in London, you all had us on the edges of our seats as you made us all proud. Special commendation to Ristananna Tracy, who gave us an individual medal, and to coach Maurice Wilson for his excellent work at the institution to make the college one of the best in the world for producing world-class athletes," Reid said.
Fourteen persons were honoured, with Tracy leading the way. The others were athletes Anastasia LeRoy, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Demish Gaye, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Rasheed Dwyer, Ronda Whyte, Shashalee Forbes, Yanique Thompson. Masseuses Nathaniel Davis and Romario Barrett, along with Sprintec assistant coach Sean Michael Samuels and head coach Wilson, were also among those honoured.
Also at yesterday's function were former principal Edward Shakes and former vice-principals Edwin Murray and Maurice Westney. Specials guests included fourth vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Vilma Charlton; councillor for the Angels Division in the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, Patricia Harris; and Anthony Davis, sports director at the University of Technology, Jamaica.