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

Alaska News Nightly Friday June 29 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowCorrections seeks alternatives to halfway housesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauOne approach could be based on Haven House, which serves women in Juneau, and My House, which serves homeless teens in Wasilla.Oil tanker dented after ‘hard landing’ with new tugboat in ValdezElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Coast Guard is characterizing the incident as “minor;” no oil was spilled and no injuries were reported.Ferry Columbia evacuated after docking in BellinghamJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe Alaska state ferry Columbia was evacuated Friday morning, June 29 after crew noticed smoke onboard after the ship had docked in Bellingham, Washington. Black smoke was discovered but no flames in the bow thruster room.King salmon appear to surge through lower river just as Kuskokwim opens to gillnetsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe lower Kuskokwim River is opening to gillnets on Friday, June 29 just as a surge of king salmon appear to be swimming by. The timing could result in a high harvest of kings during a year when conservation was the intent.State plans distribution of 2016 pink salmon season disaster relief fundsKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe state is working on distributing roughly $56 million in relief funds to those affected by the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon season disaster.Norovirus on a cruise ship? Juneau would like a call.Jacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauThere’s been another norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship docking in Juneau. Health and tourist officials say next time they’d appreciate a courtesy call before the an infected ship arrives.AK: Two runners, an Alaskan and a Spaniard, run for bone marrow donation awarenessErin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSometimes all it takes is a cotton swab to save someone’s life. For a little over 30 years, the National Marrow Donor Program through the Be the Match registry, has been collecting cheek swabs from potential donors. But the registry still lacks diversity and numbers and many of the patients who require a transplant, never receive it.49 Voices: Apayo Moore of AleknagikKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThis week we’re hearing from Apayo Moore from Aleknagik. Moore is an artist who recently painted an 80-foot mural at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.last_img read more