Three records fall at Big Shot Invitational
KINGSTON College's (KC) Orlando Thomas smashed the national junior record in the javelin with an impressive 62.81m for one of three records which tumbled at the Big Shot Invitational Meet up to press time yesterday at the UWI Usain Bolt track.
Thomas, who last week easily won the Class One event at the Douglas Forrest Meet with 55.52m, stepped up to the men's open event and erased Zavian Richards's junior mark of 60.95m done last year.
Richards, formerly of KC, but now at the UWI, was second with 62.12m.
Thomas's throw would have beaten the world record in 1912 of 62.32m, but this mark has been broken 46 times and now stands at an incredible 104.80m done by German Uwe Hohn in 1984.
The world junior record is 84.69m set by Zigismundis Dirmais of Latvia in 2011.
Another javelin record went in the form of the girls' open won by Isheka Binns of Manchester High School with 40.51m. Edwin Allen's Olivia Leckford was second with 39.75m, and she, too, also bettered the previous mark of 39.45m.
Meanwhile, 2011 World Youth discus champion and 2012 World Junior champion, Federick Dacres of UWI, smashed the men's discus open record with a throw of 64.36m.
All these performances were done under the watchful eyes of Reese Hoffa of the USA, the 2007 World Championships shot put winner and 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist, who was a guest of the meet.
"The turnout for this has been absolutely incredible. Just to see these kids come out here and show all the hard work they put in has been a lot of fun," said Hoffa.
The powerfully built thrower from Georgia, who tips the scale at 320 pounds, and who also won the 2006 Indoor World title in Moscow, Russia, had good advice for the youngsters.
"They have to continue to work hard, they are going in the right direction with their training and what they are doing technically, and they just need to continue to dream big," said Hoffa, who is slated to leave the island today.
Other results at the Big Shot meet, which is strictly for throwers, saw Novia Graham of Edwin Allen capturing the girls' Class Two discus with 32.57m ahead of Gabrielle Allen of St Andrew High with 31.05m. Tevoy Housen of Excelsior was third, some distance back with 28.35m.
Calabar swept the podium in the High School boys' javelin open in which Kevel Daley won with 51.74m ahead of Tian Caine with 50.06m, and Najair Jackson 49.53m. But they will have a lot of work to do to get close to Thomas, who will be the overwhelming favourite at the annual Boys' and Girls' Championships.
Kevin Nedricks of Petersfield High won the boys' Class Two shot put with a heave of 15.33m, well clear of JC's Balvin Richards with 14.52m, and Daniel Walker of St George's College with 13.96m.
Rochelle Fraser of Edwin Allen won the girls' shot put Class One with 13.37m, ahead of Iseka Binns of Manchester High with 12.91m. Holmwood Technical's Taneka Elliston was third with 11.74m.
Geneva Greaves of UTech won the women's shot put open with 14.46m, well clear of Danielle Sutherland of UWI with 11.27m.
Calabar's Basil Bingham continued his good form, winning the Class One discus with 58.19m ahead of Petersfield's Glenford Watson with 55.18m. Kino Dunkley of Munro College was third with 52.73m.
Meanwhile, coaches Marlon Gayle of Edwin Allen High and Julian Robinson of Calabar were recognised for their outstanding contribution to field events as they have nurtured a number of outstanding athletes.
Both were read citations along with special guest Reese Hoffa during a 10-minute break for the opening ceremony.