400m Personal Best for Herbert in CIAA Conference Championships


Caption: Khari Herbert, left on his way to finishing fourth in the CIAA Conference Championships in 46.81 seconds in the 400m, improving his best from 47.21 Photo: Provided

Caption: Khari Herbert, left on his way to finishing fourth in the CIAA Conference Championships in 46.81 seconds in the 400m, improving his best from 47.21 Photo: Provided

St. Augustine’s sophomore Khari Herbert became just the third British Virgin Islands male athlete to break 47.00 seconds in the 400m, when he placed fourth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference Championships held at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., on Saturday.

Herbert was timed in 46.81 seconds and moved to No. 2 on the BVI All Time List in helping the Falcons to add the CIAA Outdoor Conference title to the Indoor title they won in February. The Falcons amass 158 points to win their 18th consecutive CIAA title.

Herbert lowered his best of 47.21 from 2013 and ran 47.23 in the prelims to qualify for the final. He missed the 200m final after running 21.82 seconds to place fourth in his heat with the ninth best time overall.

In New Jersey, sprinter Ashley Kelly won a sprint double at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton. Kelly had times of 11.88 seconds and a season’s best of 23.68 in the 200m for the best mark by a BVI female so far this season. She will open her 400m campaign in St. Maarten on May 9.

Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott was second in her 100m heat with a wind aided time off 11.36 seconds, in the NTC/Pure Athletics Invitational in Clermont, Fla. She ran 11.48 to advance to the final.

Chantel Malone was fourth in the Mt. SAC Invitational Long Jump on Saturday, when she cut the sand with a best mark of 6.36m, during a effort that had a +2.1 meters per second tailwind. Sprinter Karene King finished seventh in the 100m in Friday night in 11.82 seconds and she was sixth in the 200m on Saturday, in 24.09 seconds.

Three BVI National Records fall in collegiate season opener


Central Arizona College's Tynelle Gumbs, left, Trevia Gumbs and Eldred Henry established records in the Weight Throw and Shot Put events respectively.  Photo:  Tony Dougherty

Central Arizona College’s Tynelle Gumbs, left, Trevia Gumbs and Eldred Henry established records in the Weight Throw and Shot Put events respectively.  Photo:  Tony Dougherty

In an unparalleled weekend, five of the British Virgin Islands leading athletes earned victories in their respective events across the United States, with three improving on their own National Records.

Competing for Central Arizona College, Eldred Henry, the BVI Athletics Association’s 2014 Premier Dental Collegiate Athlete of the Year, opened his 2015 campaign with a National Record mark. In just his second season competing at the senior level, he had a personal best heave of 18.25m while shattering his outdoor best of 17.34 from 2014, to win the Shot Put at the Puma Invitational at Paradise Valley Community College on Saturday, in Arizona.

He was 2nd in the 35-pounds Weight Throw with a toss of 16.32m—the second best mark ever by a BVI athlete.

At the same competition, Trevia Gumbs recorded a personal best of 14.06 meters for the top mark in the Shot Put, to break her own national standard, while her twin sister Tynelle—a Javelin Throw and Discus Throw specialist—was second following a personal best of 12.75m.

Making her debut in the Weight Throw, Tynelle then flung the 20-pounds implement out to 17.55m to win the competition with the second best mark of the season in the National Jr. College Athletics Association rankings. Her mark demolished the 10.88m effort of Alicia Leonard from 1998 as the new National Record.

In New York, Ashley Kelly held off her teammate’s late charge to win the New Balance Games Pro 300m. She recorded a time of 37.71 seconds. Kelly was coming off leading a BVI 1-2 finish in the 200m at the Gotham Cup also in New York last weekend. She had a winning time of 24.12 seconds followed by Karene King in 24.42.

Veteran sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott started the string of victories on Friday at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. The 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships bronze medalist sped to a time of 6.75 seconds in the 55m, after running 6.82 in the prelims.

Development Series highlights

On the home front, 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships prospects L’Tisha Fahie and Kala Penn, secured victories in the 300m and Long Jump respectively, highlighting Friday’s second Development Series meet. Fahie followed up last week’s second place finish behind Beyonce DeFreitas with a time of 40.76 seconds. Penn cut the sand at 5.41m in the Long Jump.

Akeem Bradshaw came within range of last year’s Long Jump personal best of 6.92m with a leap of 6.85 in his season opener.
400m Hurdler Kyron McMaster and 800m specialist Tarique Moses, battled to the line in the 600m, before McMaster prevailed in 1:26.61-1:26.76.

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.

Harrigan-Scott, King Wins Jimmy Carnes Indoor Invitational 55 & 200m

By: Dean Greenaway

karene_&_harrigan_indoorTahesia Harrigan-Scott and Karene King won the 55m and 200m respectively in the 2014 Jimmy Carnes Indoor Invitational in Gainesville, Florida on Friday, to kick off their respective annual under cover campaigns. Meanwhile, Ashley Kelly won a sprint double in New York.

The competition also saw Taylor Hill making her 55m debut and Bethune-Cookman Sr. Keron Stoute competing in the High Jump.

Tru Fit Athletics’ Harrigan-Scott won the 55m in 6.76 seconds after advancing from the semis with 6.78. Sprint Tech Track Club’s Karene was sixth in 7.01, after a 6.96 semi. Hill, in her debut appeared in the same heat with Harrigan-Scott and was fourth in her semi in 7.21. Hill ran 25.87 in her 200m heat.

King had the fastest indoor 200m opener of her career, with a 24.46 winner.

Meanwhile, Bethune-Cookman Sr. Keron Stoute was second in the High Jump with a leap of 2.05m (6’8¾”).

Kelly’s NYU Shootout Double

Ashley Kelly grabbed a double at the NYU Saturday Night Shoot Out. Kelly ran a personal best of 7.51 seconds to win the 60m and took the 200m in 24.88.

Elsewhere, Alex Shchegol freshman Khari Herbert Jr. strained his hamstring competing in the Albany Grate Danes Classic in New York. Hebert Jr. was at the time competing in the 200m. He’s expected to miss about three weeks of action.

BVIAA marks 43rd anniversary with annual general meeting

2012-'16 BVIAA Executive Committee

2012-2016 BVI Athletics Association Executive Committee

The BVI Athletics Association—founded on Sept 19, 1970—marked its 43rd anniversary with an Annual General Meeting held at the Elmore Stoutt High School. The meeting attracted members, coaches, athletes and parents.

Towards the end of the life of the 2008-2012 Executive Committee, a decision was taken to adjust the association’s calendar year from January 1-December 31, to September 1-August 31, to give the new Executive Committee adequate time to plan for the 2013 season. As a result, elections were moved from December 5, 2012 to October 15. Thus, the current Executive Committee has been in place and done a magnificent job over the last year.
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