Eldred Henry makes his mark in shot put

Eldred Henry throws the Shot Put a distance of 17.08

Eldred Henry throws the Shot Put at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photo: BVIOC

On Saturday, February 21, Eldred Henry a Sophomore at Central Arizona College eclipsed the NJCAA shot put record and added a B.V.I. National and O.E.C.S. Shot Put record to those he holds in the Discus Throw.

His toss of 20.00m (65’7 1/2”) achieved at the Glendale Community College Invitational in Glendale, Arizon, is only 45 centimeters short of qualifying for the IAAF World Championships in the shot.

The record throw has rewarded him with the National Jr. College Regional 2015 Awards title of Men’s Field Athlete of the Year (West Region).

Henry’s put has been surpassed by throwers from only five countries in the Central American and Caribbean region: Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. It would have ranked him fourth-best among the C.A.C. region’s throwers in 2014.

Henry also holds the O.E.C.S. record in the Discus Throw with a mark of 61.90m (203′ 0″) achieved last year, heads into the National Junior College Indoor Championships this week as a heavy favourite to repeat his victory in the Outdoor shot put as a freshman in 2014.

Henry’s freshman teammates, twin sisters Tynelle and Trevia Gumbs have also been in impressive form in their throws in the early season meets.

Tynelle’s 18.14m (59’6″) in the weight throw – the indoor version of the hammer – leads all junior college throwers to date.

Trevia has set national records both indoors and outdoors in the shot put with marks of 14.47m (47′ 5 1/2″) and 14.04m (46′ 0 1/2″) respectively. She ranks second in the National Junior College lists behind Jamaica’s, Carifta Games multi-medalist, Gleneve Grange, but Trevia had the satisfaction of beating her in their most recent encounter when setting her indoor national record in Albuquerque, New Mexico.