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New national record for Herbert; Wins for Harrigan-Scott & Kelly

St Augustine Jr Khari Herbert lowered his BVI Indoor 400m record from 47.92 seconds to 47.71, in finishing third overall in the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday January 16, 2016. Photo: Provided
Karene King, Tarika Moses, Mimi Warner, Jonel Lacey, L'Tsha Fahie and Ashley Kelly all had great performances in New York over the weekend. Photo: Provided
Karene King, Tarika Moses, Mimi Warner, Jonel Lacey, L'Tsha Fahie and Ashley Kelly all had great performances in New York over the weekend. Photo: Provided
During the BVI Athletics Association Development Series meet on Friday January 15, 2016, Britney Peters heaved the 600g spear out to 37.39m, throwing into a strong cross wind. That mark vaulted her No. 3 on the BVI All Time List. Photo: Provided
During the BVI Athletics Association Development Series meet on Friday January 15, 2016, Britney Peters heaved the 600g spear out to 37.39m, throwing into a strong cross wind. That mark vaulted her No. 3 on the BVI All Time List. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several strong performances punctuated the 2016 Track and Field season over last weekend, led by Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Ashley Kelly and Khari Herbert.

St Augustine Jr Herbert lowered his National Indoor 400m record from 47.92 seconds to 47.71, in finishing third overall in the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday January 16, 2016.

In Alabama, Ronique Todman ran 7.20 seconds in the 60m dash and Adaejah Hodge, 9.14 second in the 9-10 division.

Harrigan-Scott tunes up with win

Elsewhere, Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott tuned up for the March 17-20, 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, with a 60m victory in the Great Dane Classic in New York also on Saturday. She had a winning time of 7.33 seconds, after running 7.39 in the prelims.

Harrigan-Scott, who won bronze at the 2008 championships, was a 2010 finalist and missed the 2012 final by .0001, has qualified for Indoor Worlds for a fourth successive time.

Karene King finished seventh in the same race in 7.62 after a 7.59 in the prelims. She won her 200m heat in 24.15 seconds to finish second overall. IAAF World Youth Championships semifinalist L’T’Sha Fahie, had non advancing times of 7.65 and 25.43 in the 60 and 200m respectively.

Kelly kicks to victory

Ashley Kelly won the 400m in 54.96 seconds. She’s coming off a 60m personal best of 7.46 seconds last week also in New York, becoming the VI’s second best performer at the distance behind Harrigan-Scott.

Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses won her heat in one minute 13.21 seconds and placed third overall in the 500m. Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner was fifth overall in 1:14.88, after winning her heat. Jonel Lacey also won her section with a time of 1:16.28, the 11th best mark of the competition.

Peters reaches Javelin landmark

Meanwhile, on the domestic scene, Virgin Gorda’s Raw Sillkz Track Club member Britney Peters, who only took up Track and Field last April after the 2015 football season ended and had her first competition in Miami last June throwing the Javelin 35.26m, was impressive on Friday January 15, 2016.

During the BVI Athletics Association Development Series meet, Peters heaved the 600g spear out to 37.39m, throwing into a strong cross wind. That mark vaulted her No. 3 on the BVI All Time List.

“I know I have the ability to do good,” she said. “I have the arm strength and my hands are good. Of all the events I’ve done—800m, 1500m, Shot Put, Long Jump, Javelin Throw—I like the Javelin best. I find it interesting.”

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