South paw Kevin Vanterpool and Heptathlete Arianna Hayde, fired the Javelin to huge personal bests, climbing to #3 and #2 respectively on the territory’s All Time Men and Women’s Lists, during Friday evening’s fourth BVI Athletics Association Development Series meet, held at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
Vanterpool, who cracked the 50m barrier for the first time in his career with a heave of 50.15m on his second attempt following a 49.28 opener, rifled the spear out to 52.94m (178’8 ¾”) in round four. He’s the second Jr. to ever penetrate the 50m barrier and third overall with the 800g implement.
Then, soon to be 15 year old Hayde—the 2014 Youth Female Athlete of the Year presented by Sol—uncorked a throw of 34.05m with the 600g rod, to fly into the second spot on the All Time List—just the third athlete to ever heave the spear past the 30m barrier.
On the track, Kyron McMaster who moved to the U20 Boys class this year, opened with his fastest 400m ever, when he stopped the clock at 48.75 seconds. McMaster was a 2014 Carifta Games U18 Boys 400m Hurdles bronze medalist and qualified for both the IAAF World Jr. Championships and Youth Olympic Games. He was the 2014 Jr. Male Athlete of the Year. He pulled his Fast Lane Track Club teammate Ronique Todman to a 50.13 personal best.
In her first race since placing sixth in last year’s Youth Olympic Games, Nelda Huggins—the 2014 Jr. Female Athlete of the Year—opened her 2015 campaign with a time of 12.09 seconds in the 100m. Huggins who has won a Carifta Games 100m medal every year since 2011 and last year broke a tie with Keita Cline and Chantel Malone to becomce the territory’s most prolific Carifta Games medalist with seven, moves to the U20 division this season.
Judine Lacey won a spirited U18 Girls 400m battle, passing a fading Zacharia Frett three meters before the line to win in 58.85 seconds. Frett was second in 59.00 while short sprinter L’Tisha Fahie—working on her speed endurance—finished third in 59.27.
National Records fall in Arizona
Competing at the Pima Aztec Indoor Invitational in Arizona, Tynelle Gumbs and Eldred Henry improved on their two weeks old Weight Throw National Records. Gumbs extended her mark of 17.55m with a heave of 18.14 on her final attempt. Her series included measurements of 17.54, 17.53 and 17.62 amid two fouls.
Her twin sister Trevia was fourth after a third round effort of 14.50m.
Trevia won the Shot Put with a third round throw of 13.79m with Tynelle placing second in 11.80.
Henry had only one legal throw on his second attempt two win the Shot Put competition with a mark of 17.89m, then improved his Weight Throw best from 16.32m with a winning twirl of 16.38.
At the Eastern Tennessee State University Buccaneers Invitational, St. Augustine University sophomore Khari Herbert finished third in the 400m in 48.88 seconds, after running 49.53 in his prelims to advance. He contributed a second leg carry on his team’s 4x400m relay that finished second in 3:13.28.
In College Station, Tex., after shaving 0.02 off her 60m best from last week with a fifth placed time of 7.54 seconds in the 60m dash, Taylor Hill chopped her 200m indoor personal best from 25.22 seconds to 24.70 to finish second in her heat and sixth overall. She joined Ashley Kelly, 24.12 and Karene King, 24.42 as the third BVI athletes under 25.00 indoors this season.
Competing in the New Balance Boston Grand Prix, Kelly was fourth in the 300m recording a time of 38.24 seconds.
Veteran Tahesia Harrigan-Scott—in the penultimate stop of her European tour in Mondeville, France—was fifth in the 60m finals in 7.34 seconds, after running 7.38 in the semis.
Cary High School Sr. Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner ran 58.91 seconds and finished sixth in the 400m at the David Oliver Indoor Classic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She used a second leg carry and helped her 4x 200m relay squad to a second place finish in 1:41.63
Sr. Jonel Lacey, competing for Holmwood High School at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic in Jamaica, made her 400m Intermediate Hurdles debut with a time of one minute 02.61 seconds—the #2 mark on the All Time List—to place third. She was fifth in her 400m heat in 57.52.