In an unparalleled weekend, five of the British Virgin Islands leading athletes earned victories in their respective events across the United States, with three improving on their own National Records.
Competing for Central Arizona College, Eldred Henry, the BVI Athletics Association’s 2014 Premier Dental Collegiate Athlete of the Year, opened his 2015 campaign with a National Record mark. In just his second season competing at the senior level, he had a personal best heave of 18.25m while shattering his outdoor best of 17.34 from 2014, to win the Shot Put at the Puma Invitational at Paradise Valley Community College on Saturday, in Arizona.
He was 2nd in the 35-pounds Weight Throw with a toss of 16.32m—the second best mark ever by a BVI athlete.
At the same competition, Trevia Gumbs recorded a personal best of 14.06 meters for the top mark in the Shot Put, to break her own national standard, while her twin sister Tynelle—a Javelin Throw and Discus Throw specialist—was second following a personal best of 12.75m.
Making her debut in the Weight Throw, Tynelle then flung the 20-pounds implement out to 17.55m to win the competition with the second best mark of the season in the National Jr. College Athletics Association rankings. Her mark demolished the 10.88m effort of Alicia Leonard from 1998 as the new National Record.
In New York, Ashley Kelly held off her teammate’s late charge to win the New Balance Games Pro 300m. She recorded a time of 37.71 seconds. Kelly was coming off leading a BVI 1-2 finish in the 200m at the Gotham Cup also in New York last weekend. She had a winning time of 24.12 seconds followed by Karene King in 24.42.
Veteran sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott started the string of victories on Friday at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. The 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships bronze medalist sped to a time of 6.75 seconds in the 55m, after running 6.82 in the prelims.
Development Series highlights
On the home front, 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships prospects L’Tisha Fahie and Kala Penn, secured victories in the 300m and Long Jump respectively, highlighting Friday’s second Development Series meet. Fahie followed up last week’s second place finish behind Beyonce DeFreitas with a time of 40.76 seconds. Penn cut the sand at 5.41m in the Long Jump.
Akeem Bradshaw came within range of last year’s Long Jump personal best of 6.92m with a leap of 6.85 in his season opener.
400m Hurdler Kyron McMaster and 800m specialist Tarique Moses, battled to the line in the 600m, before McMaster prevailed in 1:26.61-1:26.76.