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Records highlight first session of BVIAA National Jr C/ships

Z'Niah Hurtchinson made it a three way tie for the VI High Jump Record on March 4, 2016. Photo: Provided
The competition continues at 10 am this morning, March 5, 2016 with the Discus Throw and the 200m semifinals. Session III kicks off at 5:30 pm. Events include the 200, 400 and 800m finals in both U18 and U20 Male and Female divisions, as well as the Long Jump and Shot Put. Photo: BVIAA
The competition continues at 10 am this morning, March 5, 2016 with the Discus Throw and the 200m semifinals. Session III kicks off at 5:30 pm. Events include the 200, 400 and 800m finals in both U18 and U20 Male and Female divisions, as well as the Long Jump and Shot Put. Photo: BVIAA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Several Under-18 Girls kicked off Session I of the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) National Jr Championships last night, March 4, 2016 with record performances, highlighted by High Jumper Z’Niah Hutchinson and Javelin Thrower Arianna Hayde.

The competition includes five athletes from St Croix and two from Anguilla.

Soon to be 15-year old Hutchinson equalled the National High Jump Record of 1.65m, first established by Virgin Gorda’s Tkola Creque in 1994 and matched by Chantel E. Malone in 2008, when she cleared the height on her second attempt.

Hutchinson, who entered the competition with a best of 1.61m, got over the bar at 1.68m, but was still on the High Jump bed when the bar fell off and was not credited with the outright record.

In the same event, Malone’s sister Xiomara—soon to be 14—finished second in a personal best of 1.60m, improving on her previous mark of 1.56. It’s the fifth best performance by a VI athlete behind Creque, Malone, Hutchinson and Pat Archibald.

In the Javelin Throw, Arianna Hayde eclipsed Tynelle Gumbs’ 2012 mark of 41.46m with a heave of 41.47m, becoming the second U18 Girl to go over 40m.

PBs for Warner & Lacey

The semifinals of the U18 Girls 400m, saw Judine Lacey running a lifetime best of 56.04 seconds, behind U20 Girls Lakeisha 'Mimi' Warner’s personal best of 55.88. Lacey cut her previous mark from 57.65 for the #9 mark All Time while Warner is now #8, lowering her three year old mark from 56.49.

Ronique Todman edged St Croix’s Rodney Griffith in the U20 Boys 400m prelims, getting to the line in 48.89 seconds to Griffin’s 48.92.

Under 18 boy Rakeel Jack dipped under 50 seconds for the first time, placing second in 49.50 behind Tarique Moses’ 49.24. Todman returned to win the U20 Boys 100m in 10.99 seconds.

The competition continues at 10 am this morning, March 5, 2016 with the Discus Throw and the 200m semifinals.

Session III kicks off at 5:30 pm. Events include the 200, 400 and 800m finals in both U18 and U20 Male and Female divisions, as well as the Long Jump and Shot Put.

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