BVI athletes overseas secure more PBs and Podium Finishes

In day 1 of the GLIAC Championships University of Findlay Junior, Tynelle Gumbs won the weight throw and set a new UF record. Photo: Findlay Oilers

In day 1 of the GLIAC Championships University of Findlay Junior, Tynelle Gumbs won the weight throw and set a new UF record. Photo: Findlay Oilers

BVI Athletes competing overseas over the weekend of February 24- 26 performed well to secure podium finishes and personal bests.

Continuing in their streak of fine results while at Findlay University, competing at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC )Indoor Track and Field Championships Tynelle Gumbs threw her longest throw of 21.45m (70’4.25″). The throw was an NCAA automatic qualifier for the National Championship meet and it also broke the school record of 69’11.50″, which she set earlier this season. The GLIAC Champion currently ranks 3rd in Division II.

Her twin sister, Trevia also medaled in the women’s weight throw with a 3rd place finish. Her furthest distance measured 19.09m (62’7.50″), which meets the NCAA provisional mark. Gumbs currently ranks 7th in Division II competition.

BVI Hurdler Lakeisa “Mimi” Warner of Clemson secured her first Atlantic Coast Conference medal in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) aiding Clemson to a second place finish with a time of 11:02.68 seconds. Warner ran her 800m leg of the DMR splitting a blistering 2:05 seconds. Clemson’s time qualified the DMR to compete at the NCAA Nationals in Oregon in two weeks. Ms. Warner got a PB of 2:07 in the 800m for 2nd place in her heat and advance to the finals with a time of 2:09.

Jonel Lacey of Albany University placed 5th in the 400m with a time of 56.67 and helped her team place second in the 4 x 400m with a time of 3:47.79 at the American East Conference Indoor Championships in Boston.

Sprinter Rikkoi Brathwaite competed in various track events at the Lake Brantley Invitational in Tampa, Fl., results as follows:
• 1st place with a time of 10.77 seconds out of 48 competitors in the 100m
• 1st place with new PB of 21.77 seconds in the 200m out of 47 competitors
• Rikkoi’s IMG Relay Team secured 2nd place in the 4 X 100m

Tarique Moses secured a third place finish in the 600m at Mesa Arizona with a time of 1:24.


New Personal Bests and Titles for BVI athletes abroad

By BVI Athletics Association

Trevia Gumbs named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Field Athlete of the Week after a personal-best and auto qualifier for the Nationals at the Findlay Meet For Everyone on Feb 17. Photo: University of Findlay

Trevia Gumbs named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Field Athlete of the Week after a personal-best and auto qualifier for the Nationals at the Findlay Meet For Everyone on Feb 17. Photo: University of Findlay

Shaian Vandenburg established a new PB in her 60m heat with a time of 7.78 at the Artie O’Connor Invitational, N.Y.

Lakeisa “Mimi” Warner established a new PB in the indoor 200m with a time of 24.74 seconds at Clemson. Warner’s previous best indoor was 25.34 while her best outdoors is 25.23.

Nelda Huggins established a new PB and a new record in her 60m heat with a time of 7.45 seconds breaking her previous PB record of 7.46 seconds and a meet record of 7.53 seconds at the Buena Vista University in IOWA. Later that day, Nelda Huggins won the Buena Vista University 60m equaling her previous PB with a time of 7.46 seconds.

Competing at the University of Findlay, Tynelle and Trevia recorded a 1st and 2nd place in the weight throw with a heave of 19.99m and 19.48 respectively. Trevia’s throw of 19.48m is a new PB and allowed her to secure an automatic qualifier for the Nationals. Trevia was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Field Athlete of the Week for her achievements.

Shaquoy Stephens ran 6.78 seconds in the 60m dash at the Steve Miller Opener in Manhattan Kansas

Tarika Moses won both the 100m & 200m at Fresno Pacific with times of 12.11 and 24.57 seconds respectively

Podium finishes and personal bests for BVI athletes abroad

By BVI Athletics Associaiton

University of Findlay junior Tynelle Gumbs named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Female Field Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Elite Throws at the Findlay Classic. It is the second week in a row that Gumbs has earned this award. Photo: University of Findlay

Ashley Kelly opened her season in the 200m with a time of 24.15s to place her second in the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic missing the number one spot by .10s to Shenel Crooke. Ashley’s indoor personal best is 24.07.

Trevia Gumbs placed 3rd in the weight throw with a toss of 17.43m ( 57-02.25 ft) at the Findlay Classic Meet hosted by University of Findlay, Ohio.

Tynelle Gumbs established a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 13.23m (43-06.00 ft) to place 4th. Tynelle also had an opportunity to compete in the elite section of the Weight Throw event to place 2nd with a throw of 20.53m (67-04.75 ft). Tynelle was also named the University of Findlay Athlete of the Week for the 2nd consecutive week.

Jonel Lacey placed 6th in the 200m with a time of 25.06s and aided her teammates in the 4X400m to secure 2nd with a time of 3:44.98 at the Ocean Breeze Complex, Staten Island.

J.H. Phillips Academy student, 13 year old Nechanti Thomas placed 3rd (out of 38 competitors) in the 60m dash with a time of 8.45s at the Birmingham Middle School Indoor Gold Standard Meet.

Tarique Moses placed 1st in his heat in the 600m with a personal best of 1:22.70 seconds to improve his previous 1.25 seconds at Paradise Valley in Phoenix, AZ.

Rikkoi Brathwaite ran the 55m n 6.63 seconds to place 4th out of a total of 128 competitors at the David Oliver Invitation at Winston-Salem NC. Rikkoi also ran the 300m in 37 seconds to place 19th out of 153 competitors.


Twin athletes sign Letters of Intent with University of Central Florida

By BVI Athletics Association

Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs sign off letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF). Photo: Provided

Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs sign off letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF). Photo: BVIAA

BV Islanders Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs signed off on letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando last week Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. While furthering their athletic career, Trevia will pursue a Mass Communications Degree while Tynelle will pursue a Psychology Degree with a minor in Coaching at UCF beginning January 2017.

Head coach of UCF Jeannette Bolden said “I’m extremely pleased with the efforts of our staff in recruiting eight young ladies which include twin sisters Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs.’ Bolden further stated “the three joining us in January will have an immediate impact on our team. This is one of the best, balanced recruiting classes at UCF.”

In telephone interviews with BVIAA Public Relations Officer (PRO) Cleave Farrington, both ladies expressed how happy and excited they are to be attending UCF. “We feel it’s a great opportunity, a great family atmosphere and much closer to home and an institution that will focus on them individually.”

Tynelle will continue to focus on her field events in the hammer and discus throws outdoors and the weight throw indoors while Trevia will focus on the discus, shot put and weight throw and possibly the hammer. They expect their distances in the throws will improve significantly at the University of Central Florida.

Coach Angeleta Bernard and Omar Jones expressed their pride in Trevia and Tynelle and wished the twins much success at UCF as they look forward to great things from them. “They have the eagerness, drive and motivation to do very well – with the extra work it will surely pay off,” said the coaches.

BVIAA President Steve Augustine mentioned how proud he is of the twin sisters. “It’s a great accomplishment for the twins joining UCF – a Division 1 college,” he said. Now that they are in a better environment moving from a Junior college to a D1 college, it can only be expected that the intensity of the training and the exposure that they will get would be greater than what they had in Central Arizona.”

Lynelle Gumbs, the biggest fan of her twin daughters stated “it is exciting and it has been a long journey and I thank God for giving them the opportunity. We their family, are so happy that they are sticking together.”

Both twins expressed gratitude to their foundational coaches Mrs. Bernard and Mr. Jones of the Top Notch Track Club, coach Eric Matthias and to their coach Tony Dougherty of Central Arizona Junior College for the significant roles each has played in their development.

The twins also expressed appreciation to everyone in the BVI Community for supporting them in one way or another on their long journey. They are excited to compete in the NCAA and intend to show everyone what they are made of as they continue to make the BVI proud.


BVI Women Caps Record Setting Day With OECS 4x100m Relay Record


BVI relay quartet: L-R: Ashley Kelly, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Chantel Malone and Karene King. PHOTO: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

By BVI Athletics Assocation

Hosts British Virgin Islands Women’s 4x100m Relay, capped a record setting Day 1 of the 2nd OECS Championships, by breaking the seven-year old OECS mark established by St. Kitts-Nevis in 2009.

In all, 11 Championships Records and eight All Comers Records were established on the A. O. Shirley Grounds, under overcast conditions.

With non OECS member Puerto Rico looking to solidify their No. 16 ranking for next month’s Rio Olympic Games and hosts BVI seeking to improve on their 44.05 seconds mark, starter Ashley Kelly-coming off taking down the championships 400m record and also a BVI national mark-got them off to a good start but Puerto Rico’s sprinter Beatrice Cruz gained some ground.

Cruz’s gain was suddenly taken back with veteran sprinter Taheisa Harrigan-Scott, who ran a stellar second leg to hand off to Long Jumper Chantel Malone. Malone, with a slight lead passed off to Karene King ahead of Genoiska Cancel.

With the hometown faithful on their feet, anchor leg King stormed home trying to hold off the charging ex Southern California All American Carol Rodriguez, who nipped her at the the line in a Puerto Rican National Record of 43.43 seconds, to break their six-year old mark of 43.46. The BVI finished in 43.45 seconds-their first time under 44.00-and in the process wiped out St. Kitts-Nevis’ OECS Record of 43.53. St. Kitts-Nevis-with two members of their 2009 record setting squad in the lineup-placed third in 45.19.

Puerto Rico’s time erased the three-year old All Comers Record of 43.97 seconds set by Canada in 2013.

With three teams in the lineup-OECS Record holders Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis and non OECS member Barbados all of whom had run 38.65 seconds or faster-the soft eight-year old All Comers Record of 41.10 seconds established by Puerto Rico was going to fall.

Barbados in particular, ranked No. 17 among relay teams eyeing a spot in Rio, came to the meet needing to run 38.59 seconds, which would have bumped Cuba from the No. 16 position.

St. Kitts-Nevis got out fast, holding a lead through the first three legs before the serious running began.

By the time the pecking order was established at the finish, Antigua and Barbuda’s Miguel Francis-with the second fastest 200m time in the world this year of 19.88 seconds and coming off winning the 100m in 10.34 seconds-ran past Barbados’ Mario Burke to win in 38.91 seconds a Championships Record, wiping out St. Kitts-Nevis’ 39.38 time from 2014. Barbados followed in 39.11 and St. Kitts-Nevis got to the line in 39.39.

The Championships Records began falling when, the BVI’s Harrigan-Scott ran a season’s best of 11.25 seconds-just 03 off her 11.22 All Comers Record from 2010-to win the 100m and erased Dominica’s Hermine Joseph’s 11.83 seconds from 1991, in the earlier version of the championships.

Kelly then followed with a Championships Record, after measuring her steps to nip fast starting and defending champion Kineke Alexander of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the tape, 52.29-52.30. It was a personal best and National Record, erasing the 52.35 established by Malone in 2010. Grenada’s Kanika Beckles was third in 53.37.

In the men’s 400m race, St. Kitts-Nevis’ Warren Hazel had a comfortable 46.30 seconds victory over the BVI’s Khari Herbert who ran 46.63, and destroyed his countryman Lestrod Roland’s meet record 47.67 from 2014. St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Brandon Valentine-Parris, finished third in 46.77.

The next meet and All Comers Record to fall on the track came when St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Delhonni Nicols-Samuel lapped everyone except second placer Reon Radix, to win the 5000m in 15 minutes, 08.62 seconds. Grenada’s Radix, ran 15:59.09 while countryman Tallan James was third in 16:38.55. Nicols-Samuel’s time, erased St. Lucia’s Jason Sayers All Comers mark of 15:40.32, from 2002.

Marbeq Edgar led a St. Lucian 1-2 finish in the 800m, while erasing Antigua and Barbuda’s Dale Jones’ 26 year old mark of 1 minute 53.5 seconds covering the two circuits in 1:50.22 as the new Championships Record. Michael James was second in 1:51.30 and St. Kitt-Nevis’ Masai Jeffers, third in 1:53.25.

Tynelle Gumbs of the BVI, started off the field events record spree, when she added more than 10 meters on to St. Vincent and the Grenadine’s 37.32m mark from 2014, for a Championships, All Comers and National Record, with her 47.51m measurement. Twin sister Trevia was second with a throw of 43.93m, while St. Kitts-Nevis’ Stavia Lewis also went over the old mark with her 38.74m effort.

In the men’s equivalent, BVI strongman Eldred Henry claimed the 26-year old meet record of 49.22m established by Dominica’s Brian Bynoe, with a third round throw of 53.22m. Henry’s mark also wiped out Eric Matthias’ 51.51m 2008 All Comers Record.

With the Triple Jump being contested for the first time in the history of the championships, St. Lucia’s Sandisha Antoine laid down the standard with a fourth round 13.38m leap, after opening with 13.34m, to break Malone’s eight-year old All Comers Record of 12.40m.

Dominica’s Thea LaFond was second after cutting the sand at 12.70m while Kala Penn of the BVI secured third place with her second round leap of 12.39m.

St. Kitts-Nevis’ Jermaine Francis took down the BVI’s Raymond Solomon’s 25-year old High Jump Championships Record of 2.10m and Karl Scatliffe’s All Comers Record of 2.13m, with his leap of 2.16m.

After Day I, St. Kitts held a five points advantage over St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 65-60, in the Men’s Division. Grenada is third with 46. The BVI has 33, St. Lucia, 31, Antigua and Barbuda 26, Dominica 18 and Montserrat 8.

In the Women’s Division, host BVI amassed 69 points followed by Grenada with 42. St. Kitts occupies third place with 29, one ahead of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Defending champions St. Lucia is in fifth place with 15. Antigua and Barbuda is on 11 points, Anguilla 10 and Dominica 8.

Kelly Gets Olympic Games Qualifier In Florida Relays

Photo courtesy of BVI Milesplit

Photo courtesy of BVI Milesplit

By BVI Athletics Association

Ashley Kelly made her outdoor season debut a memorable one by becoming the second BVI athlete qualifying for this summer’s Rio Olympic Games in the 200m while Chantel Malone claimed the Long Jump title also in a season’s best at the Florida Relays.

Kelly finished second in the 200m in 23.17 seconds in the process of lowering the 23.36 she ran last year for the No. 2 mark on the BVI’s All Time List behind Tahesia Harrigan-Scott’s 22.98 from 2007. Kelly returned 35 minutes later and had her fastest 400m time since competing for Illinois, when she covered the oval in 52.95 seconds.

“I think it was a really good way to bounce back from my disappointing performance at indoor worlds and to top it off with a Rio qualifier, I’m really excited about that,” Kelly said. “My goal was to really get a good race, a solid race most of all, and I was hoping I could get a qualifier earlier because of how I was practicing. But after worlds, we tried to take it a bit easy because I have a long season and transitioning from indoor to outdoor.”

Although qualifying for Rio, Kelly said when she saw her 52.95 seconds 400m time she was really excited about it.

“I don’t know why I was excited about the 400 time more than the 200,” she said. “In the 400, I wasn’t thinking of anything else. I just went out and tried to execute. I was in the race pretty much by myself because the other girl ran 54.41. From the first 60m, it was just about me breathing and knowing when to transition. I’m happy with the the time.”

Malone leapt 6.66m in the Long Jump, missing the Rio qualifying standard by 4cms and her personal best established last year by 3cms.

In Arizona, coming off demolishing her twin sister Trevia’s Hammer Throw Record with a whopping 56.13m heave that upped her best from 44.99m, Tynelle Gumbs won the Arizona Colleges Athletics Championships with a heave of 47.78m. She also won the Discus Throw with a mark of 43.42m, after taking out another of her sister’s marks that stood at 46.49, with a 47.36 effort in Texas last weekend. Tynelle was third in the Shot Put with 12.96m, followed by Trevia with 12.68m.

Tynelle picked up her third victory, taking the Javelin Throw with a mark of 39.52m.

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.

BVI sending four to the 17th Pan Am Jr Championships in Colombia

Shot Putter and Discus Thrower Eldred Henry, a Central Arizona freshman will lead the team  to the Pan Am Jr. Championships. PHOTO Credit: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Shot Putter and Discus Thrower Eldred Henry, a Central Arizona freshman will lead the team to the Pan Am Jr. Championships. PHOTO Credit: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Four athletes — including one sprinter — will represent the British Virgin Islands at the 17th Pan American Jr. Championships in Medellin, Colombia, from Friday through Sunday.

Comprising the team are: twin sisters Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs who will contest the Shot Put and Javelin Throws respectively. Eldred Henry — now a Central Arizona College freshman — will tackle both the Shot Put and Discus Throw. The Gumbs sisters and Henry, were all Carifta Games medalists earlier this season.

Shaquoy Stephens, the lone sprinter on the squad, is entered in both the 100 and 200m. BVIAA assistant General Secretary is the team official.

The BVI Athletics Association sincerely thanks the BVI Government, led by Sports Minister Hon. Myron Walwyn, for facilitating the team’s participation in the season ending competition.