The running of the 29th Annual Memorial Day 2-Mile Road Race 0n St. Croix, Virgin Islands, saw the number 1 and 2 runners finish in that order. This year however, number two set a new race and course record. Billy Bohlke, the holder of the V.I. National Record at 1500m, 3000m, the mile and 5,000m cruised to victory as he strives to maintain fitness and have fun. His time on the downhill course was 10 minutes 8 seconds, a bit short of the personal best 9:06 he ran in 2005. Amallee Lockhart, a V.I. policeman, was the second place male finisher in 10:46; triathlete Will Piel was third in 11:14; Randle Nielsen was fourth in 11:22; Mike Klein was fifth in 11:27; Brad Lenhart was sixth in 12:10; T.J. Vandehay was seventh in 13:02; Aron Balkin was eighth in 13:11; Shawn Lewis was ninth in 15:35; Michael Springer was tenth in 16:10; Cooper Crowther was eleventh in 18:44; Michael Springer Jr. was twelfth in 19:51.
Ninfa Barnard, winner of the 2009 race, had a fantastic race as she set a new course and race record to finish first for females and second overall with a time of 10:23. Barnard just completed her junior year at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff where she is an honor student in the natural sciences. She came into the race after leading her college cross-country and track teams to a record setting year. She set a new Virgin Islands record in the 800m with a time of 2:09. Theresa Harper, multiple winner of the race was second with a time of 12:20; defending champion, Dulcie Crowther was third in 18:48; Nichole Morales was fourth in 19:52 and Nancy McClearn was fifth in 22:36.
1] New construction on the route connecting it to the new “bypass” made it necessary to alter the start line location, thus the new course designation.
2] The V.I. Police Department provided expert traffic control for the event.
3] The race record is 8:58 set by V.I. Olympian Marlon Williams
4] Mike Klein, St. Croix Scenic 50-Mile champion ran the Memorial 2-Mile in 11:27, the exact time he ran in 2005
5] The last time Amallee Lockhart ran the Memorial Day 2-Mile was in 2001and he also finished second, his time? 10:45, just one second faster than this year’s time.
The next race on the V.I.Pace Runners Calendar is the 28th Annual Women Race at 5 p.m. on Sunday June 3 in Frederiksted