Records Highlight First Session of National Junior Championships

Z'Niah Hutchinson, 14, tied the High Jump Record of 1.65m PHOTO: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Z’Niah Hutchinson, 14, tied the High Jump Record of 1.65m PHOTO: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

By BVI Milesplit

Several Under 18 Girls kicked off Session I of the BVI Athletics Association National Jr. Championships last night with record performances, highlighted by High Jumper Z’Niah Hutchinson and Javelin Thrower Arianna Hayde.

The competition included five St. Croix athletes and two from Anguilla.

Soon to be 15-year old Hutchinson equaled the National High Jump Record of 1.65m, first established by Virgin Gorda’s Tkola Creque in 1994 and matched by Chantel Malone in 2008, when she cleared the height on her second attempt.

Hutchinson who entered the competition with a best of 1.61m got over the bar at 1.68m, but was still on the High Jump bed when the bar fell off and was not credited with the outright record.

In the same event, Malone’s sister Xiomara, soon to be 14, finished second in a personal best of 1.60m, improving on her previous mark of 1.56. It’s the fifth best performance by a BVI athlete behind Creque, Malone, Hutchinson and Pat Archibald.

In the Javelin Throw, Arianna Hayde eclipsed Tynelle Gumbs’ 2012 mark of 41.46m with a heave of 41.47m, becoming the second U18 Girl to over 40m.

The semifinals of the U18 Girls 400m, saw Judine Lacey running a lifetime best of 56.04 seconds, behind U20 Girls Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner’s personal best of 55.88. Lacey cut her previous mark from 57.65 for the #9 mark All Time while Warner is now #8, lowering her three year old mark from 56.49.

Ronique Todman edged St. Croix’s Rodney Griffith in the U20 Boys 400m prelims, getting to the line in 48.89 seconds to Griffin’s 48.92. Under 18 boy Rakeel Jack dipped under 50 seconds for the first time, placing second in 49.50 seconds behind Tarique Moses’ 49.24.

Todman returned to win the U20 Boys 100m in 10.99 seconds.