BY Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
On his third attempt, Findlay Jr. Eldred Henry uncorked the longest Shot Put throw of his collegiate career, to win the Great Midwest Athletics Conference Indoor Championships crown on his home track in Findlay, Ohio on Saturday.
After opening with 19.02 meters to seize the lead, Henry followed up with 18.63, before propelling the 16 pounds ball out to 20.61m (67 feet7 ¾”) just off his 20.63 career best set last August in Toronto, Canada, during the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships.
Henry not only won the conference crown, but in the process, broke the 5-year old NCAA Division II Record, Conference Record and School Record, as well as his own 20.00m BVI Indoor Record. It’s also the 20thbest throw in the world so far this season on the IAAF list.
“It wasn’t a matter of correcting anything,” Henry told Island Sun Sports in analyzing his first two throws. “I was able to get over my left leg by being more patient out of the back of the circle, which allowed me to hit the right positions, then it was just to be aggressive on the finish.”
Henry’s feat brought the number to 25 conference titles that BVI collegians have won in 11 different conferences since 1979.
Before improving his indoor best, Henry demolished Eric Matthias’ indoor Weight Throw mark of 19.04m that stood since 2005, with a personal best heave of 19.56m, to place fourth in the competition.
University of Central Florida Jr. Nelda Huggins, was seventh in the American Indoor Conference Championships final in 7.50 seconds, during the competition held in Birmingham, Alabama. She advanced to the final after running 7.46 in the semis. Huggins has a season’s best of 7.35 seconds.
At the Bit 10 Conference Championships in Ann Abor, Michigan, Indiana freshman Rikkoi Brathwaite had a fourth place showing in the 60m dash, after completing the short sprint in 6.71 seconds. He advanced to the final by running 6.69 to win his semifinal heat.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Blacksburg, Virginia, Clemson Jr. Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, got to the line in third place during her 400m meter heat, with a non-advancing time of 56.38 seconds. She later helped her 4x400m Relay team to a seventh place finish in 3 minutes, 46.26 seconds.
Albany Sophomore Jonel Lacey, was sixth in the American East Conference Indoor Championships 400m in Boston, Mass., after breaking the tape in 57.04 seconds. In the prelims, she ran a season’s best 56.33 seconds to finish fourth and qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
Kala Penn, a Florida Long Jump Jr., settled for eight place in the South Eastern Conference Indoor Championships in with a best leap of 5.91m, well off her 6.24 season’s best. In the Triple Jump, she recorded a best mark of 12.55m, the 13th best mark of the competition.
This weekend, Barton County Community College athletes Adriano Gumbs and Arianna Hayde along with Cloud County College’s Deya Erickson, will compete in the Jr. College National Championships. Gumbs will contest the 600m, Hayde the Pentathlon and Erickson will tackle the 60m Hurdles.
Inter House competitions reopens A.O. Shirley Grounds
The Seventh Day Adventist School reopened competition at the A. O. Shirley Grounds on February 20, with its inter house competition. Shadrach House was the winner with 416 points. Abednego followed with 396 while Meshach finished with 305. No information on division champions was available.
At the Joyce Samuel Inter House sports day, the Hawks amassed 745 points for its 10thsuccessive title, with its athletes winning three of the four division titles. The Doves followed with 646 while the Eagles amassed 591. Daijon Varlack of the Hawks was the senior boys division champion with 40 points while the Doves’ Jomauria Levons finished with 30, for the female title. Clariq Frett of the Hawks garnered 30 points for the junior boys division title and M’Kenzii Crabbe, also of the Hawks, earned 30 points. Daijon Varlack was the Victor Ludorum with 40 points, while Jomauria Levons 30 and M’Kenzii Crabbe, 30, shared the Victrix Ludorum.
By winning three of the eight division titles at stake, the Cougars upset defending champions Panthers for the Francis Lettsome Primary School inter-house championships title on Tuesday, after racking up 625 points. The Jaguars had 591 and the Panthers, 535. The division champions were as follows: U9 Girls: Tiffany Herbert, Jaguars, 16 points. Boys: Nicoy Benjamin, Cougars, 16. U11 Girls: Kiara Pickering, Cougars, 12. Boys: Karlique Ellis, Jaguars, 14. U13 Girls: Ciara Jacobs, Cougars, 22. Boys: Malik Christopher, Jaguars, 20. 13+ Girls: Ronella Richmond, Jaguars, 16. Boys: Caheem Henry, Panthers, 24. Victor Ludorum, Caheem Henry, Panthers, 24. Victrix Ludorum, Ciara Jacobs, Cougars, 22.
Dag Samuel Development Series
Twin brothers Diamante and Djimon Gumbs highlighted field events while Jaleel Croal the track events as the BVI Athletics Association Dag Samuels Development Series resumed following a one month break to accommodate the overlay of the Mondo track surface that was damaged during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Diamante, already qualified for the 48thCarifta Games in the Cayman Islands April 20-22, in the U20 Boys division, improved his Shot Put best to 17.72m, the No 5 mark in the world among U20 athletes. Djimon broke the 17m mark for the first time this season with 17.01m, the No 9 mark in the world. Djimon won the Discus Throw with a 50.96m measurement while Diamante’s effort measured 50.94.
On the track, Jaleel Croal, 16, added the 200m to his Carifta Games list, when he stormed to victory in 22.12 seconds ahead of his older rivals K’Cei Moses who ran 22.47 and Trent Herbert’s 22.87. Akrisa Eristee, a 2018 Carifta Games U17 Girls 400m finalist, ran 25.26 seconds to in the girls 200m ahead of Jahtivya Williams’ 25.62 and Tashira Edwards, 25.68.
The next race in the series will be held at 10 a.m. this weekend.
Road Racing season kicks off
In road racing the 2019 Hauteville 5K Series will kick off at 7 a.m. on Saturday with the City Circuit race around Road Town. From the Shirley Ground, they race will head to the Peebles Hospital, up Main Street, through Lower Estate, and meander past the Road Town Police Station, turning right by the Red Cross and back to the A.O. Shirley Grounds. There’s no registration fee.