Trevia Gumbs throws record marks in Arizona Regional Championships


Central Arizona College freshman Trevia Gumbs claimed the Discus Throw and Hammer Throw National Records during the Arizona College’s Region I Championships. Photo: Provided

Central Arizona College freshman Trevia Gumbs claimed the Discus Throw and Hammer Throw National Records during the Arizona College’s Region I Championships. Photo: Provided

Central Arizona College freshman and British Virgin Islands native Trevia Gumbs erased twin sister Tynelle’s Discus Throw national standard after improving her own Shot Put mark, while Eldred Henry claimed Eric Mathias’ 11 year old Hammer Throw National Record in the Arizona Jr. Colleges Region I Championships, held in Mesa. Their performances helped Central Arizona to comfortable win the women and men’s divisions with 277 and 294 points respectively.

After losing to Tynelle in their last matchup to end a streak of three successive victories, Trevia claimed Tynelle’s Discus Throw National Record with her heave of 46.49m upping her best from 43.62 on April 25 in San Diego, Calif. Tynelle added two meters on to her 44.59 from her last outing with a throw of 46.40 to place second.

Trevia was coming off a fourth place in the Hammer Throw, that saw her improving her 42.30m BVI record mark to 47.35, while Tynelle, upped her best from 36.82m to 44.99 and finished fifth.

Trevia—who bagged U20 Girls Shot Put silver in last month’s Carifta Games—used a 14.24m effort on her fifth attempt to win, while Tynelle’s opening mark of 11.88m was good for third. Tynelle was 2nd in the Javelin Throw with a mark of 38.45m that came in the third round.

Strongman Eldred Henry did a bit of hammering as he took down Eric Mathias’ 11-year old Hammer Throw record of 45.51m with his effort of 45.71, increasing his previous best of 41.89m. He placed eight overall and was second in the Discus Throw with a 52.05m measurement on his third attempt. He was plagued by foul trouble in the Shot Put and finished third after an opening throw of 15.86, then fouled the rest of his attempts.

Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses on Wednesday moved to No. 2 on the BVI’s All Time List in the 800m, when she placed second in the Curacao Invitational, in 2 minutes 09.55 seconds—joining Samantha John as the second junior under 2:10.00.

Karene King won the 100m in 11.94 seconds while Deya Erickson ran 13.02 as the 100m Hurdles was scratched. After Curacao, King was third in the 200m in 24.25 seconds in Saturday’s St. Maarten Invitational. Ashley Kelly finished fifth in her 400m debut after running 54.74 seconds.

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner brought the curtains down on her Cary High School career with top three performances in the North Carolina State 4A Championships. After anchoring Cary’s 4x800m relay to victory in 9 minutes, 14.45 seconds, Warner ran a 300m Hurdles personal best of 42.51 seconds to place second overall—less than three months after her first competition in the event. She ended the meet with a third leg carry on the 4x400m relay which ran 3 minutes, 50.21 second to finish third, as Cary scored 59½ points and placed second.

Eldred Henry cracks exclusive 60m discus throw barrier

By: Dean Greenaway

Eldred & CoachIn demolishing his own Discus Throw National Record, Central Arizona College freshman Eldred Henry became one of a select few Caribbean athletes to crack the 200’ barrier for the first time in his career on Saturday.

Competing against the pros at the Trinton Invitational at UC San Diego on Saturday, the 6’5” specimen who tips the scales at 350 lbs, sent his implement sailing out to 61.90m (203’1”) to finish sixth overall. His mark came a day following a 5-hr drive to the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, where the threw 56.90m less than 2-hrs after he arrived.

“I was kind of shocked because I didn’t think it was that far and I didn’t feel like I gave it a lot of effort,” Henry explained. “My Coach said my timing, positioning and everything was where it was suppose to be and that’s why it felt so easy.”
Henry—who began competing a year ago and is in his first year of using the Sr. implements—attributes his progression from a 51.76m opening throw to 61.90m to film study.

“Coming from the back of the circle, I used to rush it, but after reviewing a lot of videos and watching about 1,000 times with my coach and slowing it down, I was able to see what I had been doing wrong and I was able to correct it and get that throw,” he pointed out. “Film study is very important because you can actually see what you are doing wrong. There’s a difference between when your coach is telling you, you are doing it wrong and be able to see what you are doing wrong. That has helped me to progress to where I am now because I’m seeing the mistakes I’m making.”

After his mammoth throw, Henry is currently ranked #24 on the IAAF World list—the second highest ranking BVI athlete behind sprinter Tahesia Harigan-Scott who is tied for #17 in the 100m with her 11.29 seconds mark. She’s also #52 in the 200m with her 23.33 seconds time. At Monday’s Miramar Multicultural Games, she ran a wind assisted 11.17 seconds to win the 100m as she prepares to run in China next month.

With the Commonwealth Games coming up on Glasgow, Scotland in late July, Henry’s mark is the sixth best in the Commonwealth while Harrigan-Scott’s
100m time is ninth.

Elsewhere, sprinter Karene King is coming off equaling her 100m best of 11.52 seconds at the Mt. SAC Relays and she was fourth in her 200m heat in a wind aided 23.40 seconds.

In the same competition, Long Jumper Chantel Malone was fifth with a leap of 6.16m.