Penn begins to write new Athletics Chapter with Legendary Avengers

on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in Athletics

Penn begins to write new Athletics Chapter with Legendary Avengers

putting aside all the excuses about facility, cost, time, equipment and support, Sanya Penn is going about the business of developing the Nations next generation of Athletes with a base at Greenland Recreation Ground.

Even before Head Coach Sanya Penn arrived dozens of Boys and Girls were stretching and excitedly getting ready for the latest session in what has become a feature of East End Sporting activity.

The Club exotically titled “the Legendary Avengers” is just 3 months old and numbers are building every day under the enthusiastic and imaginative coaching of Head Coach Penn, who was herself an athlete.

“When I used to train with Willis Todman I saw how he coached and developed athletes and said to myself I want to do this. I want to start my own team and do what I enjoy doing” commented Penn

The Club is doing well working on grass, hills, beaches and in the gym as it looks to get the youngsters into good shape

“The short term plan is just to build the programme and get the athletes prepared, fitter and focused on track” noted Penn “Longer term I will get this Club to be the best in the Territory. I have the support of Todman and Dag Samuels, so I know they will help me when it comes to equipment.”

Penn also mentioned that running on Greenland Recreation Ground was tough for the youths as it is very rough, but she hopes she can at least get the field marked out with some lanes to start with and then maybe get some other equipment to use.

Youngsters from all over East End will certainly be looking forward to that day.

21 Athletes Off to Carifta Games

on Friday, 25 March 2016. Posted in Athletics

Some 40 years after making its first trek to the Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas in 1976,  the BVI Athletics Association has sent a team of 21 athletes to represent the Territory at the 45th Carifta Games in St. Georges, Grenada over the Easter Weekend.

Competition starts on Saturday morning and runs through Monday night.

Some 19 of the 21 athletes have recorded a personal best mark this season while five athletes have established six outdoor National Records and three have met IAAF World Jr. Championships qualifying standards.

Chief Coach Dag Samuels commented that ““I am grateful that we have such a team that can represent the territory. I can pledge one thing to the territory, that we have on our team—finalists. We will be finalists in every event that we do and that will make any country proud.”

The 2016 team is comprised of:

U18 Girls: Beyonce DeFreitas, 200m; Arianna Hayde, Javelin Throw, Long Jump; Z’Niah Hutchinson, High Jump, Xiomara “Gia” Malone, High Jump: Judine Lacey, 400m, Shaniyah Caul, 400m and Akira Phillip, Javelin Throw. Boys: Djimon Gumbs, Shot Put and Discus Throw; Joshua Hill, 800m; Rackeel Jack, 400 and 800m; K’Cei Moses, 200 and 400m; Rikkoi Brathwaite, 100 and 200m.

U20 Girls: Tarika Moses, 400 and 800m; Nelda Huggins, 100 and 200m; Britney Peters, Javelin Throw; Lakeisha Warner, 400m Hurdles & 800m; Deya Erickson, 100m Hurdles; L’T’Sha Fahie, 100 and 200m; Kiwanna Emmanuel, Discus Throw. Boys: Akeem Bradshaw Long and Triple Jump and Ronique Todman, 200 and 400m.

Spring Breaker Breaks Carot Bay 5k Record

on Monday, 21 March 2016. Posted in Athletics

Samuel Goldstein, a student at Ashville, a prep boarding school in North Carolina, will remember his 2016 Spring Break visit to the British Virgin Islands—his fourth trip here—joining his family who has been coming to the territory since 1976.
Goldstein laid off the pace, then surged past early leader Reuben Stoby to win Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K Carrot Bay Classic in a course record time of 16 minutes, 50.1 seconds. For Stoby who was second in 17:23, it was his second successive setback after Vincent Fourniner took the opening race of the series in Road Town.
“It was a great race and he took it out hard and was giving me a little fear,” Goldstein said. “I passed him after the hill—a bigger hill than I thought I would be—the grade coming back was not as bad as I expected it and I was able to get on top of it really well and I was able to push to the finish.”
Goldstein thanked his coach John Smith for preparing him over the winter. “This was a great opener,” he said. “Now, I have to start preparing for track.”
Before the race, Stoby said Goldstein told him that he was a sub 17 minute runner over 5K. “I knew I was going to be up against some competition,” Stoby said. “It’s a pity I wasn’t able to go with him to push myself a little bit more, but I wasn’t in top top shape. I think I may have taken it out too hard trying to set the pace. I wanted to go hard, see if I could make a break away but he didn’t bite that one.”
Women’s winner Rosmond Johnson who’s recovering from the flu and ran 22 minutes even, said it was a challenging race.  “At one point I thought I wouldn’t pull through but I did, thank God,” she said. “On the hill coming back, I felt a little shortness of breath so I stopped, caught my breath and then I went again. I pulled through and I won.”
The race was something Vanessa King always wanted to do, but as a new mommy she decided to use the race to get back in shape. “I always wanted to do it so I decided to take an item off my bucket list,” she said. “It was tough for me as a newbie but I enjoyed it. I liked that the course was by the water and you had the sea breeze and it wasn’t hot. I also liked that we had the challenge of a hill and it wasn’t just flat and I liked the spirit of the runners. They cheered you on.”
Final Results. Men: 1. Samuel Goldstein, 16 minutes 50.10 seconds. 2. Reuben Stoby, 17:23.5.  3. Julius Farley, 18:44.5.  4. Guy Williamson, 19:07.8. 5. Jeremy Zuber, 19:44.4. 6. Alex Dale, 19:59.5.  7.=Paul Hubbard, Simon Cook, 20:10.5.  9. Antony Spencer, 20:29.5.  10. Martin Trott, 20:49.3. 11. Guyp Dubois, 21:00.9.  12. Adrian Dale, 21:05.5.  13. Emrol Amsterdam, 21:12.7.  14. Reu Rymer, 21:42.5. 15. Chris Berlet, 22:12.8. 16. Dave Pettigrew, 22:23.2.  17. Gabriel Obregon, 23:07.3.  18. Luka Chalwell, 23:37.3.  19. Claudius Rhymer, 24:14.8.  20. Aaron Gardner, 24:22.2.  21. Zebalon Mclean, 25:28.5.  22. Barry O'Lane, 25:30.1.  23. Dennis Versoza, 25:43.7.  24. Richard Morgan, 27:28.7.  25. Howard Moore, 29:35.6.  26. Dennis Delacruz, 29:38.6.  27. Teejay Torres, 29:57.1.  28. Shane Donovan, 29:59.3.  29. Marvin Flax, 30:04.5. 30. Jim Cullimore, 30:30.0.  31. Ravenol Santos, 31:29.5.  32. Barry Leon, 34:55.2.  33. Robert Williamson,36:15.8. 
Women: 1. Rosmond Johnson, 22:00.5.  2. Melissa Brunner, 22:29.2.  3. Lauren Julien, 23:14.2.  4. Juliane Potgieter, 23:51.5.  5. Kay Reddy, 23:52.2.  6. Gillian Plaxton, 24:32.1.  7. Philomena Robertson, 25:27.4.  8. Simone Gribble, 25:29.9.  9. Melisande Rowe, 25:49.5.  10. Brodie Faragher,26:00.5.  11. Jude Holmes, 27:27.5.  12. Clair Burke, 28:00.0. 13. Cayley Smit, 28:00.0.  14. Zoe Bickerton, 28:26.4.  15. Vanessa King, 30:43.9. 16. Nedy Ador Dionicio, 31:11.7. 17. Simpa Ganadillo, 31:38.8
Walkers: 1. Adenike Sicard, 51:52.1.  2. Belinda Dabbs, 56:10.5.
Youth 1 Mile: 1. Sammy Potgieter 8.20.    2.  Charlie Potgieter, 8.55.   3.=  Sebbie and Xavier Morgan, 10.49.  5.  James Tucker 14.45.

Kelly lowers National 200M Indoor Record

on Monday, 01 February 2016. Posted in Athletics

Kelly lowers National 200M Indoor Record
Three indoor records were set during a busy weekend for BVI athletes in Boston and Arizona, marking the fourth straight week a record had been broken. Records were established for 13 straight weeks in 2015.
Competing at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic on Friday, Ashley Kelly kicked off the banner weekend that saw BVI athletes winning several heats of the competition and being among the Top 10 performances.
Kelly ran 23.69 seconds to win the third heat of the 200m with the competition’s second best time, ahead of Karene King’s 23.92, to claim King’s 2-year old record of 23.73, also established in Boston. Kelly was second in her 400m heat and fifth overall in 53.47 seconds, a personal best effort indoors. Her time is second to Chantel Malone’s indoor mark of 53.23.
To wrap up Friday’s competition, the Sprint Tech quartet of Tarika “Tinkerbell” Moses, Beyonce DeFreitas, King and Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, became the first BVI foursome assembled for an indoor 4x400m Relay. They won the third heat, beating Boston College by two seconds as well as Morgan State and Manhattan in the process, with a time of 3 minutes 45.34 seconds. The time was the sixth best mark of the competition and established a BVI record in the process.
In other individual competition, Moses outdistanced the field to win the 500m overall with a time of one minute 11.60. Warner—who won heat 5—placed fifth overall in 1:13.43, followed in sixth by teammate Jonel Lacey’s 1:13.72 in winning the seventh heat. Judine Lacey took the 10th heat in 1:16.00.
DeFreitas was second in her 200m heat in 24.53 seconds and L’T’Sha Fahie— won her 60m section in 7.54 seconds—which stood up as the meet’s second best mark was also second in the 200m in 24.98.
In Saturday’s male competition, K’Cei Moses ran 7.09 seconds to win the ninth heat of the 60m dash, while Rikkoi Bratwaithe was eight in the second heat in 7.00. Moses won section 26 of the 200m in 22.25 seconds, while Brathwaite ran 22.36 for second in Section 15. Josh Hill won the 16th heat of the 500m with a time of 1:08.37.
Record throw in Arizona
Central Arizona College sophomore Tynelle Gumbs, upped her Weight Throw record from 17.28m to 17.84m, in her 2016 debut, to win the Paradise Valley Community College Indoor meet in Phoenix.  The mark qualified her for Jr. College Indoor Nationals. Twin sister Trevia was fourth with a heave of 15.27m. Trevia finished fourth in the Shot Put with a fourth round throw of 13.81m.
Eldred Henry used a 17.56m effort to win the Shot Put and booked a ticket to the Jr. College Nationals. He was second in the Weight Throw with a 15.62m heave ensuring he’ll see action at Nationals in a second event.
Kyron McMaster made his collegiate debut for Central Arizona, with a second place finish in the 400m in 48.93 seconds. He will join Gumbs, Henry and South Plains College’s Taylor Hill who qualified in the 60m, at March 4-5 JUCO Nationals in Winston Salem, North Carolina. 
St. Augustine Jr. Khari Herbert won this 200m heat in 22.49 seconds at the Camel City Invite in North Carolina. He led off the 4x400m Relay with a 48.77 seconds split, helping them to second overall with a time of 3 minutes 14.79 seconds.
In Jamaica, Nelda Huggins was second in her heat and fourth overall in the Queen’s Grace Kennedy Invitational 200m. She debuted with a time of 24.51 seconds.
At the Houston Invitational and Multis, sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott ran a season’s best 7.30 seconds to finish third in the 60m dash. She ran 7.36 in the semis.

Warner takes down Archibald’s 22-year old BVI 400m Hurdles record

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Athletics

Warner takes down Archibald’s 22-year old BVI 400m Hurdles record
Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner chopped 1.07 seconds off her personal best en route to taking down Pat Archibald’s 22-years 400m Hurdles National Record mark of 60.0 seconds hand time from 1984, among three major highlights of Friday’s BVI Athletics Association Development Series meet.
Warner, who took up hurdling just a year ago, ran 1:00.00 to slice her best from 1:01.07. In the process, she became the territory’s first athlete to qualify for the IAAF World Jr. Championships in Poland, later this summer.
“Usually, my first hurdle is my best hurdle, but this time, it was the opposite—that was one of my worst hurdles,” Warner reflected. “When I realized that my steps were off, I had to pick it up so that when I attacked the next hurdle, everything would be good. But, when I came home, I tripped. I don’t know how I tripped but I did. I was like ‘oh my God’ and I just ran to the finish line.”
Warner said the next time she hurdles her aim is to go under a minute, “if not 58, 59 for sure, that’s just for the next race.”
To obtain that goal, she said she has to work on her steps to the hurdles and ensure she eliminates the stutter stepping she does coming home. “That’s where I need more practicing because I feel the endurance there and the speed there,” she pointed out. “It’s just to perfect the race now and I’m still learning as I go along how to do it.”
Warner, who has a 2:10.92 best in the 800m, said transitioning from the half mile to the hurdles has been good, as it gives her the endurance for the 400m Hurdles which she really needs. She added that as she goes along, she realizes that the 800 puts her in a position where she need to be for the 400 Hurdles.
“I just had to learn how to gain back my speed for the 400 hurdles and I was good,” she said. Is she giving up the 800m? “No, not at all,” she stated. “I still need it for my 400m Hurdles so sooner or later, I’ll be in an 800.”
Meanwhile, Virgin Gorda’s Britney Peters of Raw Skillz Track Club moved to No. 2 on the Javelin Throw All Time List with a heave of 39.01m, an improvement on the 37.39 season opener. She also had a throw of 38.65m.
The soon to be 15-year old pair of Josh Hill and Rackeel Jack, renewed their spirited 800m rivalry that always end in a dramatic finish. Hill held off the charging Jack for another close victory, 2:02.96-2:02.98, as both chopped 10 seconds off their best. Jack is also coming off running 51.08 seconds in the 400m, the second best U16 performance all time.
600m record for Moses
At the New Balance Games in New York City, Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses chopped Bianca Dougan’s five year-old 600m Indoor mark from 1 minute 35.08 seconds to 1:31.92. She was second in the competition.
At the same meet, Ashley Kelly won the 300m for Elite and Pro athletes in 37.91 seconds with Karene King finishing third in a personal best 38.97.
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