Tuesday, July 1, 2014


The 2014 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships were held June 26-29 in Sacramento, California. 25 athletes competed in 14 events with five athletes from the Chula Vista OTC winning a National Championship title.

Five-time World Champion, Brittney Reese proved herself once again to be the best in the country, surpassing Tianna Bartoletta in the fifth round with a leap of 6.92m and secured her National Championship title. Reese is ranked sixth in the world for outdoor competition.

On the first day of the Championships, the men's and women's shot put were contested at the California State Capitol building in downtown Sacramento. Tia Brooks led off the performances for the week with a solid effort in the women's competition. Brooks threw a season's best of 18.83m, which was good enough for third place and also ranks her third in the US.

Capitalizing on his strong outdoor season, Joe Kovacs showed the country why he is the current leader in Diamond League points in the shot. In the finals, Kovacs threw a lifetime best of 22.03m which was almost 2 feet farther than the next competitor's and currently leads the world in the outdoor season.

Maya Pressley had an outstanding performance in the women's high jump, clearing1.85m which earned fourth place amongst an extremely strong field of athletes. Liz Podominick finished in second place in the women's discus throw on Sunday with a best mark of 59.96m. In the women's hammer throw, Jessica Cosby-Toruga had a set of great efforts, which culminated in a best throw of 71.72m. Cosby-Toruga finished in second place behind Amanda Bingson and the two currently lead the US. In an exciting women's javelin, Brittany Borman and Kara Patterson fought for the national title down to the last throw. Borman finished as the runner-up, but set a new lifetime best of 62.05m. This was the first Championship Meet ever in which two women threw over 200 feet. Kiani Profit competed in the heptathlon Friday and Saturday and managed to improve upon her season's best overall score. Profit had lifetime bests in the 100 meter hurdles (13.51) and shot put (12.80m) to contribute to her second-best score ever of 6072.
On the men's side, another athlete from the Chula Vista OTC was crowned National Champion in the long jump. Jeffery Henderson lead a 1-3-4 finish with teammates Mike Hartfield (8.03m) and Tyron Stewart (8.03m). Henderson had a magnificent final attempt of 8.52m, which is the top jump in the world this year.

Will Claye dominated the men's triple jump from the second round, and pulled away from the rest of the field on his last attempt with a new lifetime best of 17.75m. Claye's jump was over a foot farther than the next competitor's and he remains undefeated in competition for 2014. Claye hopes to continue this streak and win the Diamond League Series in the event. Chris Benard also set a new personal best in the triple jump (17.10m) which earned third place.
In the men's javelin, Sean Furey struggled in the initial rounds, however, put it all together in the fifth round for a massive throw of 81.10m which clinched the National Championship title. Furey's season's best throw ranks in third in the US for 2014.
Diamond League competition will resume on July 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Diamond League Domination

Will Claye continued to dominate the men's triple jump with another Diamond League meet win following his two victories in Eugene, Oregon and Rome, Italy in Oslo, Norway. He won with 17.41m and continues to lead in Diamond League points in the event. In the men's shot put, Joe Kovacs took the victory with a 21.14m throw, beating out a strong field of competitors. Kovacs is currently in the lead for Diamond League points.
Jeff Henderson took the New York Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meet by storm in the men's long jump with a huge leap of 8.33m. He is currently ranked fourth in the world in the event and is tied for first in Diamond League Points. With his win OTC-CV athletes have five diamond league wins. 

At the San Diego Imperial Championship meet, Kiani Profit was named the San Diego Imperial Section Field Event Athlete of the Year. She is ranked third in the US in the heptathlon and is in the top ten in the world.
David Brown was awarded the San Diego Imperial Section Track Athlete of the Year. Brown is the current world record holder for T11 Paralympians in the 100m and 200m.

The Chula Vista OTC athletes will be competing next at the US Outdoor National Championships in Sacramento, California which begins June 26 and continues through June 29.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The 2014 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon proved to be a stage for superb performances for the athletes from the Chula Vista OTC. Joe Kovacs continued his streak of consistently monstrous throws, finishing in second place with a mark of 21.46. This is the third time this season he has thrown over 21 meters and he is currently ranked fifth in the world in the event from his throw last week in Shanghai. Will Claye dominated the men's triple jump on Saturday, setting the #2 best jump in the world and a new meet record of 17.66m. This is his second-best jump ever and his furthest jump ever outdoors and also is the best mark in the US. In the women's long jump, Brittney Reese took fourth place with a best jump of 6.86m, despite having two foul jumps well over 7.00m. She currently is ranked sixth in the world and third in the US.
Kiani Profit competed in the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Gotzis, Austria in her first full heptathlon of the season. Amongst the world's best, Profit was the only American invited to compete and represent her country. Her total score was 6012, her second-best score of all-time and third best mark in the US and ninth in the world. She set season best marks in four of the seven events including the long jump (5.87m), shot put (12.67m), javelin (40.89m) and the 800m run (2:06.25). Her shot put and 800m run marks were lifetime bests.
The Chula Vista OTC hosted its fifth home meet of the season last Saturday. Jeff Skiba cleared 2.05m in the high jump, which is the a season best. Maya Pressley led an elite field in the women's high jump, matching her previous season best mark of 1.85m. Liz Podominick also won the discus throw with a mark of 61.00m which is just 38 centimeters off of her season best.
Will Claye will be competing at the Diamond League meet in Rome, Italy on June 5, with all other athletes of the Chula Vista OTC competing at the Jim Bush Meet at UCLA on June 7. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekend Update 5-17

The Chula Vista OTC hosted back-to-back jumps and throws competitions this past Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday, Ryan Young opened his season with a throw of 70.16m, after being away from competition for over a year. In the women's long jump, Brittney Reese took second place with 6.54m and April Sinkler jumped a season's best of 6.22m. Para athlete, Lex Gillette, continued his jumping success, following up his strong performance last week with another jump (6.72m) just under his world record of 6.73m. Also representing the Paralympic team in the event was Ahkeel Whitehead with a 5.19m effort.
Saturday's meet was highlighted by the women's discus throw in which teammates Whitney Ashley and Liz Podominick went 1-2 with 62.42m and 61.38m, a season's best mark for Podominick. In the women's triple jump, April Sinkler set her second season's best mark for the weekend with 13.46m. On the men's side, Troy Doris opened his outdoor season with a 16.75 effort.
The athletes of the Chula Vista OTC will be traveling this week to competitions in Tuscon, AZ for the Tuscon Elite Meet and to Austin, TX for the American Track League series. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend of 5/10

The athletes of the Chula Vista OTC competed this past weekend in several elite meets around the world. A group traveled to the beautiful island of Guadeloupe to compete in the 2014 Meeting International Region Guadeloupe. Headlining the meet was Jeff Henderson leading a 1-2-3 OTC sweep with a new personal best of 8.25m to win the event. The runner-up was Tyron Stewart, who had a best jump of 8.20m. Mike Hartfield jumped 8.12m to take third. In the women's high jump, Maya Pressley had a clearance of 1.78m, which was good enough for fourth place.
The multi-event athletes competed in select events at the Claremont Classic heptathlon/decathlon on Thursday and Friday. Kiani Profit ran a nice 100m hurdles, finishing in 13.71, which is a season best. She also threw the shot put on the first day with a best mark of 12.09m. Shana Woods also ran the 100m hurdles in 13.90 and threw 11.80m in the shot put. Gunnar Nixon won the shot put with a 14.40m best. Nixon came back on the second day to set a new personal best in the 110m hurdles (14.13) and threw 35.72m in the discus. Profit also competed the second day in the long jump (5.81m) and the javelin (38.82m).
The remainder of the jump group went to the Occidental Invitational in Eagle Rock, CA. April Sinkler finished with a best of 13.18m, despite having several great attempts which were fouls. On his third day of competition, Gunnar Nixon jumped a seasonal best in the high jump (2.14m), which won the event. Also representing the Para athletes in the high jump was Jeff Skiba who cleared 2.04m. With only one fair jump in the long jump, Bryce Lamb managed to win with a 7.82m effort. Whitney Ashley won the women's discus throw (62.82) and teammate, Beth Rohl, finished third (52.88m). In the women's hammer throw, Jessica Cosby-Toruga threw a seasonal best of 70.94m to win. Also in the event was Kristin Smith who tied her seasonal best (66.60m) to place second. Finishing 1-2 in the shot put was Joe Kovacs and Eric Werskey with best throws of 21.24m and 19.92m.
The Paralympians traveled to Mesa, AZ for the Desert Challenge. David Brown won the T11 100m in 11.09, while teammates Josiah Jamison and Markeith Price ran in the T12 and T13 divisions in 11.67 and 11.57. Erik Hightower had a busy day competing in the 400m (51.09), 800m (1:14.10) and 100m (14.32) winning the event. Austin Pruitt picked up several victories as well in the 200m (30.26), 400m (59.27) and 800m (1:50.73). Lex Gillette made news as he tied his own world record in the F11 long jump with a jump of 6.73m.
Competing in her first Diamond League Meet of the summer in Doha, Qatar was Tia Brooks in the women's shot put. She finished fourth with a throw of 18.06m. She will compete next at the Diamond League Meet in Shanghai, China along with Will Claye.
The Chula Vista OTC will be hosting home meets this Thursday, May 15th and Saturday, May 17th where many of the resident athletes are set to compete next.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up 5-3

A select group of six athletes from the Chula Vista OTC competed in three events this weekend at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet in Kingston, Jamaica. Joe Kovacs competed against an elite field in the shot put, which included two Olympic medalists, finishing in sixth place with 20.09m. In the Women's discus throw, Whitney Ashley and Liz Podominick represented the CV-OTC and finished in second and third respectively. Ashley threw 57.39m and Podominick ended with 57.27m. The Men's long jump was the event of the meet, with the group of Will Claye, Michael Hartfield and Chris Benard going 1, 2, 4 and setting a new meet record in the process. Will Claye won the event with a mark of 8.19m, which is a great mark for his first international competition of the season. Michael Hartfield had a best jump of 8.17m, with his farthest wind legal jump of 8.15m setting the new meet record. Chris Benard finished fourth with 7.95m.
A few athletes also had a tune up meet at the 20th Annual Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine. The javelin duo of Craig Kinsley and Sean Furey got first and second with marks of 76.56m and 74.75m. Brittney Borman was the runner-up in the Women's javelin, opening her season with 55.16m. Jeff Skiba jumped in the men's high jump and cleared 2.00m.
The CV-OTC will be hosting its second home meet of the season on Thursday, May 8th with the OTC Pole Vault Invitational while the multi event athletes will be competing Thursday and Friday at the Claremont Multis in Claremont, CA. Additionally, some athletes will be traveling internationally to the Meeting International Region in Guadeloupe.​ The rest of the OTC athletes and Para group will compete at the OXY Invite in Eagle Rock, CA on Saturday. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Great early season marks!

The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center hosted the first of seven High Performance meets this past Thursday, which showcased world-class athletes from over eight countries. Great weather conditions combined with the elite level of competition set the stage for many personal bests and even a few world-leading marks. In the women's throwing events, Whitney Ashley won the discus with 62.29m which was a warm up for her throw of 63.78m the next day at the Triton Invitational at UCSD. She currently leads the world with that mark. Tia Brooks is the new US leader in the shot put, throwing 17.86m and 18.50m at Triton. Jared Schuurmans (64.42m) held his own in a very competitive men's discus field, breaking his old personal record by over a meter. This is the 4th best mark in the world currently. Joe Kovacs ended the day with a monstrous throw in the shot put, setting a new personal best and world-leading 21.47m. Brittney Reese opened up her season with a win in the long jump (6.87m), coming from just a short approach. Also in the event was April Sinkler (6.37m), who competed again on Saturday in the Drake Relays. The meet wrapped up with the men's long jump, which featured two Olympians and finished with the two best jumps in the world. Greg Rutherford of Great Britain won the competition with a new British record and world-leading mark of 8.51m. The OTC's Tyron Stewart took second with a new personal best of 8.39m, the 2nd best mark worldwide. Third place was taken by Will Claye (8.29m), who also won the triple jump at the Drake Relays on Saturday. Also in the long jump on Thursday was Ronald Taylor (8.05m), Bryce Lamb (7.76m), Ahkeel Whitehead (5.18m) and Markeith Price who set a personal best of 6.51m. 

Although many will take this week off from competition to recover, a small group of athletes will be competing May 1-2 at the Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mt Sac Relays; WOW!

The 56th Annual Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, CA proved to be a strong stage for the athletes of the Chula Vista OTC this past weekend, April 17-19, which was highlighted by two world records. The pair of David Brown and guide runner, Jerome Avery, continued to dominate the sprint events for visually impaired athletes. Brown shattered his previous world record in the 100m with a new personal best of 10.92. He also set a new world record in the 200m (22.44). Markeith Price also ran in the visually impaired section of the 200m in 23.31. Competing in the ambulatory Paralympic 200m was Blake Leeper beginning the season with 22.84. Rob Brown opened his season in the 100m and 200m, finishing in 12.21 and 24.51. Hannah McFadden picked up two wins in the wheelchair 400m and 800m in 58.98 and 2:01.46. On the men's side, Erik Hightower also won both events in 50.29 and 1:46.37 and teammate, Austin Pruitt finished in 57.77 and 1:53.47, earning second place.
A small showing of able-bodied athletes was led off by Kiani Profit in the 100 meter hurdles (14.38). In the long jump, April Sinkler opened the outdoor season with a mark of 6.08m and Jefferey Henderson won the Invitational Elite section with a jump of 8.12m. Maya Pressley just missed a victory in the high jump, ending with a tie for second at 1.85m due to number of jumps. Sean Furey and Craig Kinsley finished second and third in the javelin throw with marks of 77.08m and 72.52m. Saturday's meet ended with an exciting competition in the men's triple jump with Chris Benard leading the field through the last jump when Omar Craddock surpassed him. Benard still had an outstanding day culminating in a new personal best of 17.09m, which is currently the 4th best jump in the world.

The first home meet of the season is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, with many additional athletes competing on Saturday, April 26th in both the Triton Invite at UC San Diego and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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: http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-indoor-championships/iaaf-world-indoor-championships-2014-4952/timetable/byday#day2

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