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.

King will use World Championships experience for future growth

Karene King competing in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. PHOTO Credit: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Karene King competing in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. PHOTO Credit: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

The weather in Moscow, Russia was to Karene King’s liking—like her training base in Portland, Oregon, where she prepared under the watchful eye of Ronnye Harrison—who took her from a 25.34 seconds runner when she arrived to 23.24, to qualify for the 14th IAAF World Championships.

Her warm up for her debut 200m race went great—she felt loose and ‘stretchable’ than got the call to enter the call room.
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