By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Six meet records and five All Comers records were broken, highlighting the 2nd BVI Twilight Invitational on Saturday evening at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
Even before the opening ceremony had wrapped up, the USA’s Whitey Gipson opened the competition with an All Comers Record leap in the Long Jump, when she cut the sand at 6.42m on her first attempt. Her mark eclipsed the BVI’s Chantel Malone’s 6.09m record from 2008. Malone was second in a season’s best 6.29m effort and the U.S. Virgin Islands Waynetta Kirby, third in 6.06m—marking the first time that three women had cleared 6.00m in the territory.
Jamaica’s Anastacia Leroy who was second a year ago, won the Women’s 400m in 51.62 seconds—.03 faster than her last visit. St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Kineke Alexander was second in 51.78 and the Bahamas’ former World Youth and World Jr. champion Shaune Miller third in 52.60.
The first record on the track went when the USA’s Torrington Lawrence took the 400m race out to win in an All Comers Record of 45.45 seconds and eclipsed the Dominican Republic’s Gustavo Cuesta’s 45.87 mark established last year. The U.S. Virgin Islands’ Tabarie Henry—coming off 2-years of injuries—ran a season’s best of 45.75 to hold off the Bahamas’ Chris Brown, who slightly hurt his back in warm up by .02. Cuesta was fifth in 47.18.
USA’s Tawana Medows demolished Puerto Rico’s Genolskia Cancel 100m meet record of 11.62 seconds and missed the All Comers Record by .06 in winning with a time of 11.28 (1.7). Barbados Jade Bailey was second in 11.49 followed by the BVI’s Taheisa Harrigan-Scott in 11.57. St. Croix’s Laverne Jones-Ferrette was fourth in 11.61 while Karene King placed sixth in 11.75.
Guyana’s Adam Harris comfortably won the men’s 100m in 10.23 seconds (-1.3) ahead of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Brijesh “BJ” Lawrence’s 10.38, with the USA’s Ivory Williams 10.49 placing him third.
USA’s Kimmarra McDonald shattered Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner’s 800m All Comers Record of 2 minutes 10.92 seconds from 2012 to win the event after overhauling Trinidad and Tobago’s Alena Brooks in a stretch run duel, 2:06.12-2:06.31. Barbados’ Sadie Sealy was third in 2:08.65.
Tayron Reyes of the Dominican Republic outkicked the USA’s Richard Jones in the last 50 meters to win the 800m by taking down the BVI’s Greg Rymer’s 18-year old All Comers Record of 1 minute 50.12 seconds when he stopped the clock at 1:49.98. Jones was second in 1:50.71 followed by Puerto Rico’s William Gonzalez who was timed in 1:55.63.
Jamaica’s Jermaine Brown—a member of their 4x200m World Record breaking team at the IAAF World Relays—nipped the USA’s Sean McLean at the line to win the Men’s 200m by .03 in an All Comers Record of 20.46 seconds, wiping out the 20.82 of Anguilla’s Zharnel Hughes from last year. McLean finished in 20.49 followed by Honduras’ Ronaldo Palacios who ran 20.69, as the top five all went under the old mark.
U.S. Virgin Islands’ Allison Peter won the 200m in 23.41 seconds, ahead of Alexander’s, 23.55. Bailey ran 23.62 for third ahead of the BVI’s Karene King’s, 23.83. Harrigan-Scott edged St. Croix’s Laverne Jones-Ferrette, 23.91-23-93 for fifth with the BVI’s other athlete Ashely Kelly rounding out the competition in 24.02.
Nelda Huggins, who has qualified for next month’s IAAF World Jr. Championships in both sprints, shattered her 100m National Youth and National Jr. Record of 11.77 seconds she ran last year and equaled at this year’s Carifta Games, with a time of 11.59 seconds to win the U20 Girls event. The wind reading was 0.8. L’Tisha “Lea” Fahie ran a personal best of 12.01 in second while Taylor Hill placed third in 12.12.
Kyron McMaster who has also qualified for World Jrs., in the 400m Hurdles, ran a season’s best 48.45 in the 400m.
Beyonce DeFreitas, 13, won the U20 Girls 400m in 56.82 seconds, leading Judine Lacey to 57.73 and Kelsha Fortune, 58.35—all personal bests.