By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
From Arizona to Serbia and in between, BVI athletes had their busiest weekend of the 2022 season, making history and setting national records, as the indoor season was closing and outdoor competition was starting.
Up until this year, only two athletes had represented the BVI at the World Indoor Championships since their 2008 debut—Tahesia Harigan Scott and Karene King. Deya Erickson and Rikkoi Brathwaite made history as not only the first two competitors in the same World Indoor Championships, but as male and female. Erickson hit the first barrier in her 60m Hurdles heat and did not finish. Coming off his NCAA Division I indoor silver, Brathwaite advanced to the 60m semis after running 6.66 seconds—joining 5 times semifinalist, 3 time finalist and 2008, 60m bronze medalist—Harrigan-Scott. Brathwaite also joined Kyron McMaster, as BVI male athletes making a Worlds semis. A hamstring issue kept him from contesting the semis.
Collegiate Outdoor kickoff
Northwestern State’s Diamante Gumbs kicked off the Collegiate outdoor campaign by improving his own 49.19m (161’4”) Hammer Throw National Record, breaking the 50m barrier for the first time with a 51.30m (168’3¾”) heave. He was 6th in the TCU Invitational. He then formed a 1-2 punch with twin brother Djimon, who uncorked his season with a Discus Throw personal best of 56.05m (183’10¾”) to win, with the BVI No 2 All Time mark behind Eldred Henry’s 61.90m (203’1”). Diamante was second with a personal best 54.69m (179’5½”) moving to No 4 All Time.
Djimon wrapped up the meet with a Shot Put personal best of 18.87m (61’11’) victory, to complete a sweep with the Discus Throw, for the No 3 mark in NSU history. Diamante had a personal best effort of 16.71m (54’10”) for sixth.
Teammate Akira Phillip was 10th in the Javelin Throw with 35.61m (116’9¾”) and 11th in the Shot Put, (11.72m (38’5½”).
UCF’s Beyonce DeFreitas, kicked off her season with a 5th placed 55.72 run in the 400m, followed by a windy 23.57 (+2.1), 200m to finish third. Tennessee Wesleyan’s Ke’Andre Campbell ran 52.05 seconds to place 11th overall in his 400m season opener at the Lee Invitational.
Eastern New Mexico freshman Alisha Hayde, ran 2 minutes, 29.83 seconds, to open her season in the 800m at the WT Spring Classic, finishing in 6th place.
Utah State’s Xiomara “Gia” Malone, won the Willie Williams Long Jump in Arizona, after leaping a personal best 5.77m (18’11”). She tied for 4th in the High Jump, clearing 1.60m (5’3”).
Hodge grabs 2 records
Adajeah Hodge gave herself a memorable 16th birthday present, by sprinting into the season with an 11.50 seconds 100m (0.1) personal best and moving from No 7 All Time BVI at 11.67, to No 2, behind Tahesia Harrigan-Scott’s 11.13.
Hodge’s 23.25 in the 200m (+1.8) is the No 4 All Time mark, .01 off Karene King’s 23.24.
Both 100/200 marks are U18 & U20 National Youth & Jr. Records. She was 2nd in both events at the Christian Coleman Meet in Atlanta.
16th Carolina Spring Break
Tynelle Gumbs returned to action in the Hammer Throw in the Carolina Spring Break Classic, finishing second with a 52.27m (171’5¾”). Twin sister Trevia placed 3rd in the Shot Put with a heave of 12.86m (42’2¼”). Palesa Caesar was 10th with 10.48m (35’6¾”). Kimberly Smith snatched 4th in the Long Jump after a 5.41m (17’9”) leap.
The Women’s 4×1 quartet of Amia Todman, Jahtyvia Williams, Akrisa Eristee and Abriel Magloire, were 3rd in 47.61 seconds. The Men’s 4×1 squad of Malik John, Wanyae Bell, Khybah Dawson and Tyreese James, ran 41.40 seconds to finish 6th.
Eristee then ran a 200m personal best of 24.13 seconds (+1.2), to finish 5th and moved closer to the top 10 All Time BVI performers. Other 200m marks: Kenyatta Grate, 25.29 (+1.8)(15); Abriel Magloire, 26.70 (+0.5) (21); Amia Todman, 26.99 (+0.5)(23). Bell won his 200m Heat in 21.52 (+0.7) and was 4th, while Dawson was 4th in his heat and 5th overall in 21.55 (+0.6); Malik John’s 21.78 (+0.4) was 12th.
After their individual performance, the 4×4 quartet of Adriano Gumbs, Bell, Dawson and John, won the event in 3:15.35, with Dawson dropping a 46.83 carry. Bruce Huggins, M’Khori Crabbe, Jahshani Farrington and J’Mari Duhaney, were 3rd in 3:22.01. The female team of Eristee, Grate, J’Nya Demming and Williams, ran 3:52.73 for 4th place.
Gumbs ran 48.47 seconds for 2nd in his heat and 6th overall in the 400m, while John’s, 49.34. was 8th.
Eristee ran a personal best 53.81 for victory, with the No 5 All Time BVI mark, cutting her previous best from 54.10. Farrington also had an 800m personal best of 1:57.22, to finish 6th.
In the 100m, Grate won her heat in 12.54 (+1.1) and was 11th overall. Williams, 12.56 (0), 13th overall; Amia Todman, 12.61 (+1.1), 15th; Abriel Magloire, 12.75 (+1.1), 17th; Kimberly Smith, 12.96 (1.1), 22nd. Bell, 10.78 (+(3.1), 7th.
Dawson leapt, 7.34m (24’1”)(+0.3) for 2nd in the Long Jump. J’Mari Duhaney, was 5th in the 400m Hurdles in 58.09 and DiaMonea Thomas, placed fourth in the 100m Hurdles in 14.97 (+3.7).