Monday, April 14, 2014

The Chula Vista OTC track and field team travelled to several meets this past weekend and finished with several strong performances and a few personal bests. Six athletes competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, led off by David Brown and guide runner Jerome Avery in the 100m with a time of 10.96. This mark bests his previous world record, however, the +2.1 wind reading is slightly over the allowable amount. Also seen in the 100m was Markeith Price running 11.62. David Brown and Jerome Avery came back in the afternoon for the 200m in 22.61. Paralympian Akheel Whitehead also competed in the event and finished with 25.53. Michael “Mike Mike” Murray set a new personal best in the 400m with a time of 51.00, bettering his mark from the Aztec Invitational two weeks ago. In the same event, teammate Ahkeel Whithead ran 59.05.
The Chula Vista OTC group was also represented at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee/Rafer Johnson Invitational at UCLA. The heptathletes Jessica Flax, Shana Woods and Kiani Profit competed in select events following their heptathlon last week in Santa Barbara. All three threw the shot put, led by Jessica Flax with a new personal best of 13.36m. Profit appeared in three events: the 100mh (14.09), shot put (11.36m) and the long jump (5.76m) and Woods competed in two: the shot put (11.56m) and the javelin (34.17m). On the men’s side, Mike Hartfield and Jeff Henderson long jumped, finishing with marks of 7.81m and 8.13m, respectively. Additionally, Henderson ran the 400m in 51.49 along with Paralympian, Blake Leeper (56.79).
On Friday the Chula Vista OTC discus, shot, and hammer throwers had their first competition of the season. Doing double duty the throwers competed at the MESA Community College Invite and ASU Sun Angel Invite. At Mesa Tia Brooks threw 18.06m in the shot which is the 8th best throw in the world. In the men’s shot Eric Werskey threw 19.63m. In the men’s discus new resident athlete Jared Schuurmans threw a new personal best of 63.28m, which is the 10th best mark in the world. In the women’s discus Whitney Ashely, Liz Podominick, and Beth Rohl threw 61.78m, 60.60m, and 60.39m, with Whitney’s being the 10th best mark in the world and Beth’s throw being a new PB and first time over 60m. Finally in the hammer throw Jesscia Cosby, Britney Henry, and Kristin Smith threw 70.58m, 69.44m, and 62.62m. At the ASU Sun Angel meet the throwers threw for the second time of the weekend. In the women’s discus throw, Whitney Ashley led the field with a throw of 61.35m. Beth Rohl and Liz Podominick also opened with marks of 59.25m and 56.42m. Jared Schuurmans also threw a solid 61.70m in the men’s discus. The Chula Vista OTC group led the competitive field in the women’s hammer throw, with the meet record holder, Jessica Cosby winning with 70.71m. Brittany Henry and Kristin Smith finished second and third with throws of 67.92m and 65.90m.  Paralympian Jeff Skiba opened his outdoor season in the high jump with a 1.98m effort. The men’s long and triple jump crew ran an exhibition 4x100m relay with Bryce Lamb, Chris Benard, Troy Doris and Ronnie Taylor, finishing with a time of 41.08.

Both able-bodied and Paralympic athletes will be competing next weekend, April 18-19 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, CA.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

The resident heptathletes and decathletes from the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center competed last weekend at the Sam Adams Combined Events competition in Santa Barbara, CA. Shana Woods led the group with stellar performances over the two days, culminating in a lifetime best score of 5668, which placed her third. Woods won two events, reaching a new personal best in the 200m (23.98) on the first day and set a new stadium record in the long jump with a leap of 6.26m. Kiani Profit also completed her first heptathlon of the season, finishing in fourth place with a strong mark of 5661. Profit, the stadium record holder in the 800m, ended the competition with a winning time of 2:11.28 in the event. Jessica Flax also competed in the shot put and threw 12.83m. On the men's side, Gunnar Nixon competed in select events including the 110m hurdles (14.66), discus (41.84m) and the shot put (15.03m), which was a new personal best.
The track and field teams will be seen next competing at the Sun Angel Classic in Phoenix, AZ, the Rafer Johnson JJK meet held at UCLA and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational this upcoming weekend, April 11-12.

By Reny Colton

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Outdoor has begun!

Nine athletes from the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center competed Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State University. This competition marked the beginning of the outdoor season for all of the athletes, with many strong performances from both able-bodied athletes and Paralympians. Highlights of the meet were efforts from javelin throwers Sean Furey and Craig Kinsley. The duo both topped the previous meet record of 75.44m with marks of 80.00m and 76.57m respectively. Additional performances by the Chula Vista group included Kiani Profit in the 100m hurdles (14.38).

David Brown, the current world record holder in the 100m for T11 Paralympians, set the bar high with a fantastic performance in the event on Friday. Accompanied by guide runner, Jerome Avery, the two won the heat with a time of 11.12. Akheel Whitehead also competed in the event, posting a time of 12.45. Efforts from Markeith Price in the long jump (6.37m) and the 200m (23.37) show great promise for the upcoming season. Michael "Mike Mike" Murray opened up running the 400m in 51.23 a new personal best.
The multi event athletes will be competing next at the Sam Adams Multi in Santa Barbara, April 4-5, and all other athletes can be seen performing at the Rafer Johnson JJK meet at UCLA and the Sun Angel Classic in Phoenix, AZ, April 11-12.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lessons Learned

​The Indoor Championships have ended for the OTC-CV group and it was a weekend of lessons learned. 
Unfortunately Jeff Henderson was never able to get his rhythm and find the board and failed to qualify for the LJ final. Tyron Stewart lead off with a nice jump of 8 meters and led the competition but because of a poor coaching decision missed the final by 1 centimeter, which seems to have been the theme for the indoor season. 
Tori Bowie also had trouble finding the board in her qualifying competition and failed to make the final. 
It was a great learning experience for this young group of athletes and left them with motivation moving forward. The group is honored to represent the USA and will take a nice little break as they gear up for the beginning of the outdoor season. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

3 For the Road

This weekend starting March 7th and concluding March 9th, three athletes form the OTC-CV will be competing at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

In the women's long jump Tori Bowie is ranked number two in the world with a new PB of 6.95 meters. This is her first national team and she competes in the preliminary round on Saturday afternoon at 12:15 pm local time 3:15 am San Diego time, the final is on Sunday at 3:05 pm, 7:05 a.m. San Diego time.

In the men's long jump both Tyron Stewart and Jeff Henderson compete for team USA. This is Tyron's first international team and Jeff's second team as he made the world indoor team that went to Doha in 2010. Tyron is ranked 3rd in the world with his PB and winning jump of 8.22 meters achieved at the USATF championships. Jeff is ranked 9th coming into the meet with his seasonal best of 8.06 meters. The men's long jumpers compete in the preliminary round on Friday March 7th at 7:20 pm local time which is 10:20 am San Diego time. The finals are at 7:50 pm Saturday March 8th which is 11:50 San Diego time.

Results can be found at:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Updated correct Outdoor Meet Schedule


March 28-29                                                                         SDSU Invite
                                                                                                San Diego, CA

April 4-5                                                                               Sam Adams Multi
                                                                                                Santa Barbara, CA

April 11-12                                                                           Rafer Jonhson JJK
                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA

April 11-12                                                                           Sun Angel Classic
                                                                                                Phoenix, AZ

April 18-19                                                                           Mt Sac Relays
                                                                                                Walnut, CA

April 24                                                                                 OTC HP Meet #1

April 25-26                                                                           Triton Invite
                                                                                                San Diego, CA

May 1-2                                                                                  Steve Scott Invite
                                                                                                Irvine, CA

May 8                                                                                     OTC HP Meet #2

May 8-9                                                                                  Claremont Multis
                                                                                                Claremont, CA

May 9                                                                                     Diamond League
                                                                                                Doha, Qatar  

May 10                                                                                   Oxy Invitational
                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA

May 17                                                                                   OTC HP Meet #3

May 17                                                                                   Diamond League
                                                                                                Shanghai, China      

May 19                                                                                   OTC HP Meet #4

May 22 & 24                                                                         Tucson Elite
                                                                                                Tucson, AZ

May 29                                                                                   OTC HP#5

May 31                                                                                   OTC HP#6                                                                                                                                        
May 30-31                                                                             Prefontaine Classic DL
                                                                                                Eugene, OR

June 5                                                                                     Diamond League
                                                                                                Rome, Italy

June 7                                                                                     Jim Bush USATF So Cal
                                                                                                Los Angeles, UCLA, CA

June 11                                                                                  OTC HP #7

June 13-14                                                                            USATF San Diego Champs

June 14                                                                                  Adidas GP DL
                                                                                                New York, New York

June 26-29                                                                            USATF Championships
                                                                                                Sacramento, CA

July 3                                                                                      Diamond League
                                                                                                Lausanne, Switzerland

July 5                                                                                      Diamond League
                                                                                                Paris, France

July 11-12                                                                             Diamond League
                                                                                                Glasgow, Scotland

July 18                                                                                   Diamond League
                                                                                                Fontvieille, Monaco

August 21                                                                              Diamond League
                                                                                                Stockholm, Sweden

August 24                                                                              Diamond League
                                                                                                Birmingham, England

August 28                                                                              Diamond League
                                                                                                Zurich, Switzerland

September 5                                                                         Diamond League
                                                                                                Brussels Belgium

September 13-14                                                                 Continental Cup
                                                                                                Marrakech, Morocco