Ashley Kelly in training at Rio 2016
Photo Credit: BVIOC
Athletes from the British Virgin Islands, who are dispersed in different universities around the world, continue to fly the Territory’s flag high and proud, following their tremendous performances, reaping podium finishes and improving their personal bests.
Local sprint star, Ashley Kelly recently opened her season in the 200m with a time of 24.15s, which secured her second place in the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classics. She missed first place by a mere 10 seconds to Shenel Crooke. Kelly’s indoor personal best is 24.07s.
The Gumbs twins at the University of Findlay, Ohio, continue to excel in their disciplines, with Trevia recently securing 3rd place in the weight throw, with a toss of 17.43m (57-02.25 ft) at the Findlay Classic Meet.
Tynelle established a personal best in the shot put, with a throw of 13.23m (43-06.00 ft) to place 4th.
Tynelle also had the opportunity to compete in the elite section of the weight throw event, where she placed second with a throw of 20.53m (67-04.75 ft). She was also named the university’s Athlete of the Week for the 2nd consecutive week.
The week also saw Jonel Lacey placing 6th in the 200m, with a time of 25.06s. She went on to assist her teammates in the 4x400m to secure 2ns, with a time of 3:44.98 at the Ocean Breeze Complex, Staten Island.
Tarique Moses placed 1st in his heat in the 600m, with a personal best of 1:22.70 seconds to improve his previous 1.25 seconds at Paradise Valley in Phoenix, AZ, while over at the Birmingham Middle School Indoor Gold Standard Meet, 13 year old Nechanti Thomas of the J.H. Phillips Academy placed 3rd (out of 38 competitors) in the 60m dash with a time of 8.45s.
At the David Oliver Invitation at Winston-Salem, NC, Rikkoi Brathwaite ran the 55m in 6.63 seconds to place 4th out of a total of 128 competitors. Rikkoi also ran the 300m in 37 seconds to place 19th out of 153 competitors.