By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Three BVI athletes finished sixth in their respective events, another was seventh and a national Jr. record was demolished as five made the final of the Pan American Jr. Track and Field Championships that were held in Edmonton, Canada.
Although not the highest placing in the finals, it was by far the best performance at the Pan Am Jrs., by a BVI team.
Trevia Gumbs, 19, coming off her freshman year at Central Arizona College, had a heave of 13.63m on her second attempt to finish in sixth place in the Shot Put. Twin sister Tynelle—also a Central freshman—was 10th with only one legal throw measuring 11.38m on her third try. A mark of 39.60m sandwiched between two fouls landed Tynelle in 11th place in the Hammer Throw.
Tynelle was sixth in the Discus Throw with a mark of 43.80m that came on her first attempt. Trevia fouled all her throw. Nelda Huggins also had a sixth place finish in the 200m in 24.08 seconds. Huggins advanced to the final after running 24.13 to snatch the last fastest loser spot.
Kyron McMaster dropped the fastest time of the day in the 400m Intermediate hurdles, winning the first heat in 50.16 seconds to shatter his personal best of 51.87 from earlier this year, as well as his own national Jr. record and the Sr. mark held by BVI Athletics Association Vice President Steve Augustine, since 2000. McMaster hit one of the hurdles with his hand in the final and did not finish.
Jonel Lacey, in wrapping up the competition, was seventh in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles. Lacey ran 1:01.57 for third in the first prelims to automatically advance to the final. Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner placed fifth in the second heat in 1:01.90, one spot from advancing to the final.
The meet began with athletes recording sub par marks. Huggins’ wind assisted 11.95 seconds run in the 100m prelims where she was sixth, was the fastest mark posted by a VI athlete. It was the 16th best time of the prelims. Taylor Hill recorded a time of 12.56 seconds. An injury prevented her from running the 200m.
Long Jumper Akeem Bradshaw of the BVI could only muster a leap of 6.93m on his first attempt as his best mark to place 15th overall.