Gumbs sets Hammer Throw national record, leads All Time List climb

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Djimon Gumbs improved his Hammer Throw national record and moved to No 3 All Time in the OECS.

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway.

North-western State strongman Diamante Gumbs established the first national record of the season, when he improved his own Hammer Throw mark to 56.50m (185’4’) and climbed to No 3 All Time in the OECS, missing the No 2 mark by 3¼”.  Jaleel Croal opens with a fast 100m in Florida and in Puerto Rico, Jonathan Lynch climbed into the 800m Top 10.

After winning the Discus Throw with a personal best 56.30m (184’8”), Gumbs was third in the Hammer at the Louisiana Classic, to improve his own record rom 54.86m (180’0”).

“It was a very productive day, starting to hit my stride again which is fun, so just looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season plays out,” Gumbs told Island Sun Sports. “I’ve shifted my mentality knowing that I can do a lot more. Mentally I was confident and felt like I was ready to hit some big marks. My coach was confident too, we went out there, hammered it and everything went better than I thought it would, so it’s a good start.”

 Competing at his home meet, the USF Bulls Alumni  Invitational, South Florida’s Jaleel Croal climbed from No 4 to No 2 on the BVI All time 100m list, when he finished 3rd in the 100m with a personal best of 10.22 seconds (+2.0). He also contributed a leg on his team’s 4×1 Relay, that ran a school record 39.13 seconds, before a 3rd  leg carry on the 3:16.96 secs 4×4 Relay.

While he wasn’t surprised with the time, Croal who won the AAC Indoor Championships 60 and 200m sprint double, told Island Sun Sports that he was frustrated as he didn’t get the start he wanted.

“Then afterwards, my goal was just to get a personal best and I got it,” he said. “Afterwards, I thought about the small steps to getting to where I want to be. I just have to clean up the first part of my race, get my transition right and stay above my hips. We’ve already gone over film and what I need to do in the middle of the race. Mainly its about cleaning up the first part, holding the right running posture to the end.”

UTEP’s Josh Hill ran 47.32 in the Arizona Spring Break Fiesta to place 11th overall in the 400m with his fastest season opener.

At the Hurricane Invitational, St. Thomas University’s Khamauri Crabbe dipped under 48.00 for the first time, with a 47.97 secs 400m PB for second in his heat and 7th overall. Teammate Malik John was 8th with a personal best of 48.37 and M’Korri Crabbe ran 48.97 for 11th.

In Puerto Rico at the 18th Carolina Spring Break Classic, Rikkoi Brathwaite won his 100m opener in 10.19 seconds. Jonathan Lynch ran an 800m personal best of 1:56.37 and moved to No 8 All Time in the event after placing fourth.

Other results. A’Sia McMaster was 2nd in the Women’s 18-19 Long Jump, with a season’s best leap of 5.41m (17’9″) (+0.7). Dejoie Sebastiene placed 5th with 4.68m (15’4¼”) (-0.9).

Tiondre Frett lowered his 100m best to 11.05 seconds (+1.3) and finished 3rd. He was 2nd in the 200m in 22.75 (-0.7). 5. J’Den Jackson, 11.29 (-1.3) 8. 200m 23.07 (-0.7). Mario Carter, 100m 7. 11.33 (-0.7) and 10. 200m 23.11 (-0.7). Kaelani Marquis, 14. 12.07 (0.7) and 13 in the 200m 25.07 (0). Jordan Cameron, 15. 12.47 (-0.7) and was sixth in the Long Jump with 5.62m (18’5¼”) (+0.8). Jaheem Lennard-Joseph, had a 200m personal best run of  22.81 to finish fourth, whild J’Mari Duhaney, 51.59 was good for 11th in the 400m and he was 19th in the  200m with 23.58 (+1.6). In the Long Jump, Makelis Fergus was 7th with 5.61 (+0.8).

The 4x100m quartet of Mario Carter, Tiondre Frett, J’Den Jackson and Jaheim Lennard-Joseph, had a winning time of 42.78. Othniel Gillings was 8th in the High Jump, leaping 1.70m (5’7″). 9. Ty’Rique “TyTy” Charles, 1.60m (5’3″).

Beyonce DeFreitas was 4th in the 100m in 11.77 (-1) and won the 200m with 24.07 (-1.3). 6th was Amia Todman, 12.70 (-1). Shannia Johnson 8th with 12.82 (-1), Dika Thomas 10th 13.14 (-1.3) and Macayla Logan 11th in 13.22 (-1.3) and had a 4th place in the 200m with 27.46 (+0.2).

High Jumper Jah’Kyla Morton, leapt 1.55m (5’1″) to place 5th. In the Shot Put, Trevia Gumbs’ heave of 13.76m (45’1¾) was good for 3rd while twin sister Tynelle was 4th with 13.12m (43’0½”). 6th Savianna Joseph, 12.39m (40’7¾”); 9th Romeena Davis, 10.64m (34’11”) and 12th  Makeda Christopher, 9.71m (31’10¼).