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Mixed results for VI athletes on Day One of Pan Am Juniors

Eight athletes, seven home-based and one overseas, are representing the [British] Virgin Islands in the Championships, with four of them, twin sisters Tynelle and Trevia Gumbs, Taylor Hill and Jonel Lacey, competing for the last time as juniors before moving up to U23 competition in 2016. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As action began at the Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada on Friday July 31, 2015, athletes from the territory had a mixed bag of results.

Eight athletes, seven home-based and one overseas, are representing the [British] Virgin Islands in the Championships, with four of them, twin sisters Tynelle and Trevia Gumbs, Taylor Hill and Jonel Lacey, competing for the last time as juniors before moving up to U23 competition in 2016.

Tynelle was first to compete on Friday, launching a best Hammer Throw of 39.60m to finish 11th, well down on her best previous effort of 47.66m.

She will see further competition in the Javelin and Discuss Throws over the weekend.

Twin sister Trevia lobbed the Shot Put 11.38 after two fouls to finish 10th and will also take part in the Discuss.

Sprinters Taylor Hill, who joined the squad from her Houston base, and Nelda Huggins finished 20th and 16th respectively in the 100m Prelims. Hill, who will take her talents to South Plains Junior College in the fall, ran 12.56 and Huggins 11.95.

Jonel Lacey had the highest placed finish on Day One when she ran 55.25 to be 5th in her heat, but outside of qualification for the final and 15th overall.

Lacey will contest the 400m Intermediate Hurdles next where she will be joined by Lakeisha Warner, who has run a fastest electronic time of 61.07 seconds and Lacey, 61.26. 

Akeem Bradshaw leapt 6.93m in the Long Jump to place 15th overall and will have the Triple Jump event over the weekend and will also contest both the Long and Triple Jumps. Bradshaw cut the sand at 7.40m in the Long and 14.87 in the Triple on the season.

Yet to compete in the Boy’s section is Kyron McMaster, who will join the Gumbs sisters at Central Arizona College in the fall. McMaster will contest the 400m Intermediate Hurdles.

The BVI has never won a Pan Am Junior Championship medal. Eldred Henry was fourth in the Shot Put and fifth in the Discus Throw in 2013. Samantha John was also fifth in the 800m in 2009.

Officials accompanying the team are: Cliff Williams, Adriana Herbert, Anthony Dougherty, Doug Arter and Winston Potter.

4 Responses to “Mixed results for VI athletes on Day One of Pan Am Juniors”

  • ABC (01/08/2015, 10:17) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    No government support that is the promblem
    • brian hodge (01/08/2015, 11:12) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      plenty of govt support - how do you think they got there ? is time to look at some elite coaching programmes here so youngsters can excell
  • negative vibes (01/08/2015, 10:39) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ah bunch ah waste, better they had go for caribana.
  • Hmmm (03/08/2015, 08:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Govt support is not only paying for the trips. Govt support should come with making sure they have a place to train that maintains good condition.. They have equipment that will assist with training. How do you think the other countries are so successful? Their government invest in their track and field program. It's not just about paying for a trip. You cannot expect them to be great if what they need is not available. Great job to the Coaches. They do the best with what they have, and have managed to get their athletes in competitive shape. If more money is invested in the program..you will see a difference


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