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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 16, 2024


May 8, 2002 – Patrick O'Donnell, who lives on St. Thomas and is the director of capital programs at the University of the Virgin Islands, isn't a triathlete. But he has friends on the island who are — friends who include David Jones, a Chase Bank employee, and Maurice Kurg, president of Seaborne Airlines.
O'Donnell was on St. Croix on Sunday for the 14th annual triathlon to cheer his friends on.
And he knows who finished in what order among the fastest U.S. Virgin Islands contenders: Jones of St. Thomas was first, and Kurg was third.
O'Donnell contacted the Source on Tuesday to say the online account of the Virgin Islands finishers at Sunday's Half Ironman was incorrect — it showed Kent Bradbury of St. Croix first, followed by Sue Brown of St. Croix, and then Jeff Miller and Jude Woodcock of St. John.
The Source reported the results as posted on the triathlon web site under the Virgin Islanders results section. On Tuesday, race director Tom Guthrie said what's posted are "the official results" and that as far as he knew, they were correct.
However, that listing does not jibe with the same triathlon site's Overall results listing of 520 triathletes who completed the course in the alloted time.
The long list clearly shows Jones finishing first among Virgin Islanders, in 5:33:09. Bradbury, of St. Croix, who's shown as first in the Virgin Islanders list, had a total time of 5:44:22. And in between the two, if you include British Virgin Islanders in the count, is Christian Spencer of Tortola, with 5:36:56. Another BVI entry, Christopher Ghiorse, is shown as fourth, with 5:52:20, followed by Kurg, with 6:03:51, and then Brown.
"Apparently they didn't calculate the St. Thomas and Tortola runners in the 'Virgin Islanders' list," O'Donnell said. "The list shows only St. Croix and St. John."
He's right. None of the St. Thomas triathletes — Jones, Kurg, Kimberly Fitzpatrick, Chris Haig, Kevin Lenahan and Sylvie Scott — are listed at all. Actually, the V.I. list leaves out St. Croix's Rachel Witty and Roger Hatfield, too, and St. John's Adam Thill and Kathleen McMurtrie.
Guthrie said all results are entered into a computer and as far as he was aware, what's posted on the web site is what's official. He added that he was unable to contact the triathlon "guys who do the timing and results" on Tuesday, as they were en route to Chicago, but that he would get in touch with them Wednesday morning. "We'll look into it," he said.
Here's the order in which 23 Virgin Islands triathletes finished, according to the Overall web list:
1. David Jones, St. Thomas, 5:33:09.
2. Christian Spencer, Tortola, 5:36:56.
3. Kent Bradbury, St. Croix, 5:44:22.
4. Christopher Ghiorse, Tortola, 5:52:20.
5. Maurice Kurg, St. Thomas, 6:03:51.
6. Sue Brown, St. Croix, 6:06:27.
7. Kimberly Fitzpatrick, St. Thomas, 6:11:49.
8. Jeff Miller, St. John, 6:12:09.
9. Jude Woodcock, St. John, 6:16:27.
10. Rachel Witty, St. Croix, 6:16:37.
11. Adam Thill, St. John, 6:18:26.
12. Kathleen McMurtrie, St. John, 6:31:58.
13. Chris Haig, St. Thomas, 6:47:22.
14. Todd Newman, St. Croix, 6:48:45.
15. John Riggs, St. Croix, 6:49:29.
16. Leopold Fredericks, St. Croix, 6:55:17.
17. Roger Hatfield, St. Croix, 7:14:48.
18. Jamie Bate, St. Croix, 7:19:06.
19. Robert Bartle, St. Croix, 7:33:31.
20. Kevin Lenahan, St. Thomas, 7:37:12.
21. Mario Graham, St. Croix, 7:37:50.
22. Sylvie Scott, St. Thomas, 7:49:50.
23. Lorraine Durand, St. Croix, 9:10:27.

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