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Henry breaks National Junior Record at 17th Pan-Am Championships!

Team BVI made a good showing at the season ending 17th Pan American Junior Champioships held last weekend in Columbia. Photo: BVIAA
Eldred Henry took time off from settling in at Central Arizona College to record a new National Junior record as well as finishing 4th and 5th in his two events at the Championships. Photo: Provided
Eldred Henry took time off from settling in at Central Arizona College to record a new National Junior record as well as finishing 4th and 5th in his two events at the Championships. Photo: Provided
Tynelle Gumbs lobbed the Discuss 30.82 metres to finish 13th at the Championships. Photo: BVIAA
Tynelle Gumbs lobbed the Discuss 30.82 metres to finish 13th at the Championships. Photo: BVIAA
Trevia Gumbs finished 7th in the Shot Put with her throw of 12.02 metres. Photo: BVIAA
Trevia Gumbs finished 7th in the Shot Put with her throw of 12.02 metres. Photo: BVIAA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Powered by a PB and new National Junior Record, Eldred Henry secured two top 5 finishes at the 17th Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia to ensure his 2013 season ended on a high.

Henry brought the curtains down on the 2013 track and field season with the best finish ever by a British Virgin Islands athlete in the Pan American Jr. Championships, when he placed fourth in the 6K Shot Put on Sunday evening, August 25, 2013 in the 17th edition of the competition.

His performance came after equaling Samantha John’s 2009 fifth place finish in the 800m when he heaved the Discus out to a Jr. National Record throw on Friday night, August 23, 2013.

Henry, who will begin his studies as a Central Arizona College freshman tomorrow, tossed the 6k ball 17.75m. “I felt pretty good in the beginning and had a good warm up and a few good practice throws. My first throw was my best which was 17.75m,” he noted. “My second throw of 17.50 didn’t come together the way I wanted it to but it was still pretty good. Then, it started to rain and that threw me off my game completely. I was slipping in the ring and the ball had no grip due to the fact that it was wet and it went downhill from there. But, the good thing is my first throw was able to keep me in the fourth place position throughout the competition.”

On Friday night, he tossed the 1.75kg Discus implement out to 55.45m and placed fifth, improving his personal best of 54.33m set at home on May 10, 2013. The mark eclipsed Eric “Shaq” Matthias’ 10-year old National Jr. Record of 55.20 established during the 2003 Carifta Games in Trinidad.

“I know I could have done better but it wasn’t my best day. I was aiming for at least 60m but I wasn’t able to achieve that,” Henry reflected. “I got an alright warm up but it wasn’t the best. My opening throw was 50.11m and it went down hill from there. Everything felt off and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong due to the fact that my coach wasn’t here to tell me what I was doing wrong,” he explained. “You could say I was throwing blind. I made it to the finals as the last person on the list with the eight best throw. I didn’t start to improve until my fifth throw when I hit 52.21 then my last effort was my best, which was 55.45.”

Trevia Gumbs was seventh in the Shot Put with a throw of 12.02m. In the Discus Throw, she was 14th with a heave of 29.99m while her twin sister Tynelle was 13th after her platter landed 30.82m. In the Javelin Throw, Tynelle flung the spear out to 33.80m on her third attempt after fouling her first two tries to place 15th overall.

Shaquoy Stephens ran 10.76 seconds in his 100m semifinal to finish in a non advancing 6th place. He did not start in his other scheduled event, the 200m.

8 Responses to “Henry breaks National Junior Record at 17th Pan-Am Championships!”

  • qc (27/08/2013, 08:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    good news
  • egg faace (27/08/2013, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Not good enough at all...4th oh no.
  • Cuz (27/08/2013, 11:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ egg faace! you should of been there to do better! but then again, your name says it all !!!
  • :) (27/08/2013, 12:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's with the socks & slippers Eldred lol. Good job bro u did great!
  • Phantom (27/08/2013, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like my mom always say if u ain't got Ntn good to say don't say Ntn at all to think about it the guy just started track n he place 4th at a meet like that hella of ah job well done like my shirt says haters gonna hate hate gonna appreciate
  • The big one (27/08/2013, 14:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    @ egg face, thanks for your negativity it only motivates me to do much better n make u feel like $h!t. Like ah wise guy once told me ... Never argue with ah fool because he will drag u down to his level n beat u with experience :) thanks to every one else

  • my two cents (27/08/2013, 14:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    henry needs to try American football
  • need to stop (29/08/2013, 16:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need to stop bring our youths down Mr. Henry did a great job and we are proud of our BVI team we need to appreciate those kid when they go out and do there best not here talking negative talk about them . Well as 4 u egg face u name says it all u cannot do better so leave our IVB alone we love them no matter wha u say.


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