Saluting two NCAA Champions
Tynelle Gumbs became the territory's first athlete in 42 seasons of collegiate competition to win titles at two levels of NCAA competitions when she snatched the NCAA Division II Weight Throw title last Thursday. Taking it even further, Khari Herbert placed second in the NCAA Division II 400m on Saturday.
Gumbs unleashed a fifth round throw that vaulted her past Winona State's Kaitlin Long, who led from her opening heave of 21.22m (69'7½") inches and to the top of the pile, when she twirled the 20-pound ball out to 21.41m (70'3") inches to snatch the victory.
In earning All American honors, Gumbs who threw over 70 feet twice for the first time in competition, became just the second Findlay Oilers women's NCAA Division II Indoor champion in program history and the BVI's first.
"I am extremely very happy with my performance even though I didn't get a personal best, being national champion is a big deal to me, because that's what I've been working towards for the whole season," Gumbs explained. "I knew the competition would be really intense because of the simple fact that the top three marks were so close."
Ahead of the final, Gumbs' coach advised her to get more momentum by switching from a bump to a sling technique. It paid off.
"My fourth throw was my first 21.00m (70'0") throw of the competition so I was really happy about that, but I was still in third place," she reflected. "On the fifth throw, I got into the ring, took a big breath, I did my turns and felt that it was a good throw and it was 21.41m, (70'3") so I was excited, but at the same time I was nervous because there were two girls after me and I would have to wait and see if they threw better than me—but they didn't."
Before Gumbs' feat, Huggins ran the fastest time by a BVI athlete indoors this season when she won the Jr. College 60m title in 7.31 seconds, a personal best and a time that makes her the territory's second fastest behind record holder Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, who has run 7.09 seconds.
Huggins, who became the first to win a sprint title, returned later in the meet to finish second in the 200m in a personal best of 23.79 seconds, for her second Jr. College All American honors and the No. 3 indoor mark on the BVI's All Time List.
Herbert, a St. Augustine senior, won his 400m final heat in a personal best of 46.97 seconds to finish second overall, after running 47.43 seconds in the preliminaries.
He anchored the 4x400m relay to victory in 3 minutes, 08.72 seconds with a 46.20 split, earning his second Division II All American honors, along with the 400m.