For the weekend of February 7-8, the OTC-CV group was split into two competitions; one at the Boston New Balance Invitational and New Mexico collegiate invitational.
In Boston, Long Jumper Tori Bowie jumped 6.67 to win the competition. She already owns the 2nd furthest jump in the world. Shot putter Joe Kovacs threw a life time PB of 21.35 the 2nd furthest throw in the world and beat the top shot putter Ryan Whiting and two time Olympic gold medalist Tomas Majewski.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico at the collegiate classic the men's long jumpers stole the show. Tyron Stewart jumped an indoor PB and the 3rd furthest jump in the world jumping 8.16. Second was Jeffery Henderson who jumped 8.03, but had a tiny foul that surely would have claimed the world lead. In third was Ronnie Taylor followed by Mike Hartfield in third and fourth at 7.86 and 7.83 respectfully. On the woman's side Shana Woods set an indoor PB jumping 6.28. In the shot put Eric Werskey threw an indoor PB of 20.01 to move into the top 15 in the world. On the women's side Tia Brooks threw 17.88 to get use to the ring that will host USATF Championships. She currently has the 4th furthest throw in the world. In the triple jump Chris Benard jumped 16.67 and Troy Doris jumped 16.22 to take first and second. April Sinkler jumped 13.06 to win the women's TJ and finish with a seasonal best. Unfortunately the triple jumpers left some big fouls on the runway. In the women's HJ Maya Pressley jumped 1.78.
Next week a select group of jumpers will travel back to New Mexico as they prepare for USATF indoors.