Cayman Prep student wins half marathon

Dominic Dyer wins the half marathon. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Running his first half-marathon, Cayman Prep’s Dominic Dyer won the 13.1-mile race with a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 41 seconds.

Defending champ Marius Acker, 45, came in second at 1:28:06. And 39-year-old Jason Saunders took third in 1:28:18.

Mr. Dyer, 17, runs track for Cayman Prep. He said he started the half-marathon with his coach Derek Larner, 52, who finished 12th overall in the race.

He said they kept an easy pace for the first 5 kilometers and then picked it up for the second 5 km. He also ran as part of a relay team.

“Just before the turnaround, I took the lead,” he said. The half-marathon is 21 km.

“The last 5K was really tough because I am not used to running long distances,” he explained this week. Sunday’s half-marathon was the farthest distance he had ever run.

For his first half-marathon, Mr. Dyer ran an average pace of 6:15 minutes per mile.

Mr. Dyer said his training this season is to prepare for the 1,500 meter and the 5K. “My big competition is always the CARIFTA games over Easter every year,” he said.

In his last year at Cayman Prep, Mr. Dyer is looking forward to next fall when he hopes to join a track team at a university in the United States. His top choice, he said, is Columbia University in New York.

“It’s my dream to go there,” he said. “They’ve got a good group of middle distance guys there.”

He said the coach at Columbia has been supportive of his application, and Mr. Dyer said he expects to hear about an early decision application as soon as Monday from the Ivy League school. He said he’s also applying to other schools in New York, Boston and Washington D.C.

 

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