More records in plans for Excelsior's Love

April 21, 2016
Ian Allen/Photographer Shanice Love

Excelsior High School standout discus thrower Shanice Love believes the sky is the limit this year, having thrown a national junior record 54.70m at the MVP Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday.

The distance is beyond the Penn Relays record, and Love is eagerly anticipating the event at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field next week.

"I wanted all the records in my final year. I missed the record at the Carifta Games, but I am happy for this record, and I am going for the record at the Penn Relay next week," she told STAR Sports.

Her new feat came weeks after winning gold and breaking the Class One girls' discus record at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships.

She also won top prize at the 2016 Carifta Games and has been consistent this season, achieving new marks at several development meets including the Digicel Grand Prix Championships and the Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet.

Love credited the expertise of her coach Michael Vassell, who led her to a near-perfect final season.

"I am in good shape. I have been working hard with my coach, who has made a slight change to my technique. He made me move faster in the ring and less time spent in the air. With that, I am able to release faster sending the discus further," she said.

Love says she is far from her peak, but wants to make her mark at the World Junior Championships.

"I am still training, still working, believing in myself and looking forward to Penn Relays and getting that record," she said.

Vassell, in the meantime, called humbling what Love has accomplished so far.

"She has just started to dream and already the results are coming. The sky is the limit for her as long as she continues to dream and continues to believe," he said.

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