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