FEBRUARY 16—Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses made her long awaited 800m debut in grand style on Friday at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass., and established a British Virgin Islands National Indoor Record in the process.
The 2013 Carifta Games U17 Girls 400m silver medalist who was sidelined by injury last year, became the third best performer all time but the fastest debutant when she stopped the clock at 2 minutes 12.46 competing against collegians. She became the first athlete to book her ticket to St. Kitts for the 44th Carifta Games over the Easter Weekend.
At the same competition, after running the sixth fastest time of 7.61 seconds in the 60m dash, Karene King ran a season’s best of 24.04 seconds to win her 200m heat and was fifth overall. Her time eclipsed Ashley Kelly’s 24.12 as the fastest so far this season.
Bethune-Cookman Sr. Keron Stoute was fourth in the MEAC Conference Indoor Championships Heptathlon with a score of 4502 points. He helped his team to a 1.5 points victory over North Carolina A&T, 126.50-125.
Competing at the Don Kirby Elite and Open, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Central Arizona Freshman Trevia Gumbs, improved her Shot Put best to 14.47 (47’5¾”) the ninth best throw of the meet, then recorded another personal best in the Weight Throw with a 15.39m measurement to place 23rd overall. Her twin sister Tynelle finished 9th following her 17.28m effort but didn’t have a legal throw in the Shot Put.
Eldred Henry encountered foul trouble in the Shot Put and did not record a legal throw.
At the Melrose Games in New York, Ashley Kelly was fourth in the 400m in 54.36 seconds.
Taylor Hill ran her second successive 200m under 25.00 seconds to place fourth in the Tyson Invitational Olympic Development event in 24.74 seconds in Fayetteville, Ark.
Cary High School Sr. Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, was third in the North Carolina State High School 4A Championships 500m with a personal best of 1 minute, 16.49 seconds. She contributed third leg carries on both the 4x200m and 4x400m Relays respectively. The 4×200 quartet was second in 1:42.07 and the 4×400 was also second in 3:55.76.
Chantel Malone kicked off her European tour at the ISTAF Berlin Indoor in Germany, with a leap of 6.39m in the Long Jump, to place seventh overall.
BVIAA Development Series
L’Tisha “Lea” Fahie qualified for the July 9-15 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, with a third placed finish in the 200m during Friday’s BVI Athletics Association 5thDevelopment Series meet.
Running into a -3.1 meters per second headwind, Fahie finished behind Nelda Huggins’ winning time of 24.91 seconds and Beyonce DeFreitas’ 25.18, when she turned in a time of 25.24.
DJimon Gumbs had a personal best throw of 45.42m in the U18 Boys Discus Throw among the meet’s highlights.