WITH no local track and field meet being held at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium over the weekend, a group of coaches took advantage of the break to hold the inaugural Throwers All-Comers Meet at the College of the Bahamas on Saturday.
The meet, organised by Corrington Maycock, Ronald Cartwright and Bradley Cooper, attracted some 45 competitors who competed in the U-16, U-18, U-20 and open divisions. The meet was put on by the coaches to help establish the development in the throws area. Only throwers competed.
Highlighting the performances were a number of Carifta qualifying feats produced by some of the throwers.
Brashae Wood of Club Monica won the U-18 girls shot put with 13.77 metres, surpassing the Carifta mark of 12.00m and she did the same in the discus with 38.05m. The Carifta standard is 34.50m.
Serena Brown of Thrower Inc got second in the U-18 shot put with a heave of 13.06m and the discus with 33.14m, which were both just shy of the Carifta qualifying marks.
Tiffany Hanna of Xtreme Athletics got third in the U-18 girls shot put with 12.40m.
On the boys’ side, Perry Adderley of the Road Runners won the U-18 boys shot put with 15.55m to produce a Carifta qualifier. The standard is 14.10m. Khyle Higgs of the College of the Bahamas won the U-20 men’s discus with 48.56m to also go under the Carifta standard of 47.40m.
These athletes join Denzel Pratt of Club Monica, who qualified in the U-20 men’s javelin at the T-Bird Flyers Track Meet.
There were a lot of outstanding performances as well from up and coming throwers like Edward Kemp (RC Athletics), who won all three of the U-16 boys events, Tiffany Hanna (Xtreme Athletics), Tahj’Nee Thurston (RC Athletics), Malik Stuart (Throwers Inc), and Terrieko Stevens (Throwers Inc).
“I think we will once again dominate the Caribbean in the throws like we did in the 70s and 80s,” Maycock said. “This meet was the first time any thrower club meet allowed six throws per event other than Carifta Trials or the Nationals.
“All club meets do not allow throwers to take that much attempts.
“This meet will be held every year going forward and we hope it can develop into something huge later. We saw lots of happy throwers, parents and spectators who enjoyed being up close to the action.”
The next throwing meet is scheduled for 9am February 8 at the COB field. At this time, Maycock said they will have seven age group categories with the turbo Jav and the softball throw will be implemented.
The Bahamian public is invited to come out and support the event, which will be free of charge.