Praise for Dodd, the record breaker

first_imgDanniel Thomas-Dodd upped her national shot put record for the second time in 2017 with a runner-up finish at the US NCAA Indoor Championships. Competing on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University, Dodd pushed the shot put to 18.40m. That added 8cm to a mark she set last month. Dodd broke the Jamaican record of 18.20m last month with a mark of 18.32. In College Station, she peppered the 18m line with a six throw series of 18.00, 17.90, 17.99, 18.26, 18.40 and a final-round foul. Willingness to work Marlon Gayle, who coached the Westmoreland native for two seasons at Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School, attributes her improvement to her willingness to work with a goal in mind. Speaking on March 12, he said, “If she wants something, she’s going to work towards it, and I told her regardless of which college you go to, university you go, you’re going to do well.” She left Edwin Allen with the 2012 Boys and Girls’ Championships shot put record – 14.47m – and set sail for Kent State University in Ohio. She has blossomed there. A member of Jamaica’s teams to the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she was a finalist in the discus, the 2015 Pan-American Games where she punched the shot 17.76m to place 5th, she has also competed against the best on the planet at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. According to Gayle, the 24- year-old Thomas-Dodd is a coach’s dream. “What makes coaching exciting and achieving objectives a good thing, is to have an athlete who really knows what he or she is about”, he said. “That motivates any coach to really do their very best and be their very best for those individuals,” Gayle smiled.last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill A.C. notes Success at Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland clubs in AntrimOn Saturday and Sunday 16th/17th June a large contingent of the clubs juvenile athletes plus supportive coaches and parents, competed with much success in the Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland Under 14,15,16,and 17 club championships at the Antrim Forum. Facts and figuresKelly McGrory, continues to iprove with every outing this year. The Laghey lass had a trio of very impressive victories in the U17 100m, 200m and 100m Hurdles U17 disciplines. In the 100m she sliced a huge 0.4secs from her P.B. when winning impressively in a very good time of 12.40secs. In the 200m she dipped under 26secs. for the first time. Drawn in the unfavourable lane 8 she blasted the bend and won by 5 metres -time 25.60secs. The 100m Hurdles, a technical event with new spacing’s and heights , found Kelly recrording her 3rd victory of the day in atime of 15.66secs.Kate McGowan, was impressive in winning the U16 Long Jump –5.27m and in a closely fought 80m Hurdles final she had to accept 2nd place –11.92secs behind Megan Marrs, Lisburn, 11.91secs.The Lisburn lass, one of the new stars of the weekend earlier High Jumped 1.65m and ran sub 13secs for 2nd in the 100m into a headwind of -2secs. Kate also ran 13.21secs for 3rd in the 100m. Emma Brady, a relative newcomer to Triple Jump -introduced to the discipline at schools level in 2011 where she won a bronze medal – got out to new PB 10.38m to win the U17 event. Mark Boyle is another club athlete  that continues to improve with every outing. In the U16 800m he comfortably qualified via heats and in a closely fought final finished 2nd behind Letterkenny’s Peter Gibbons -times Gibbons 2mins 09.03secs, Boyle 2mins 09.08secs. Pole Vaulter’s Hannah Campbell U17 cleared 2.50m and newcomer to the event Katie Hoad, U16, with a best of 2.10m were victorious. Racewalkers Sarah Timoney and Jessica Quinn scored a 1st and 2nd in the 2k U16 event. The discipline of Hammer throwing, introduced to club athletes in 2011, found Chloe Masterson in a hapy mood when she recorded a series of PB bests and became provincial U15 champiopn with a best of 26.59metres. She is part of Paul O’Gara’s throws group in Donegal Town – a group that had another member Clara Herron, Nth Sligo AC, score a number of exciting PB’s at the Connaught championships on Saturday — Hammer 30.66m; Shot Putt -11.37m and Discus 22.22m.Caolan O’Callaghan, recently joined the club via Michelle Harvey’s AVS training group. He was very happy with a 1.65m best for 2nd in the U16 High Jump. Eva McMullan, qualifed for the All Irelands with a 3rd place 200m best of 28.10secs while Christopher O’Loughlan had a similar finish in the U16 250H -36.38secs. Just outside a top three finish  were Ruth Gillespie U16 80H -4th 13.57secs and Mark Hegarty, 10.16m U16shot and 26.46secs -200m.Enniskillen performances The local road racing scene is in full swing at the moment with numerous opportunities weekly to walk.jog or race over 5k /10k distances.The Enniskillen 10k on Saturday had the following club athletes record excellent times. Richard McCarthy 39mins 07secs;Philomena Gallagher, 43mins 40secs; Sharon Thomas/Meehan, 45mins 40secs; Anne Donoghue, 48mins 21secs;Bernie McNeely, 50mins 08secs; Valarie Moore, 53mins 01secs.SympathyThe club would like to offer condolances to the Michael Maguire and the Maguire family Ardara on the death of Thomas recently in Australia Next weekendOn Saturday a number of club athletes will be part of the Ulster schools team when the annual Inter Pro/Tailteann Games are held in Santry.The prestigious Irish schools team wil be selected immediately after this eventOn Sunday Tullamore is the venue for the Irish Junior c/ships. A numbe rof club athletes are entered. Folloing this evnt the Irish team for the World Juniors will be announced.The local road scene continues at a pace with the Aghyarn 5k on Friday 29th June a special attraction where prizes, organisation and hospitality are exceptional Eamon HarveyATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NEWS was last modified: June 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NEWSlast_img read more