Love next big thing in women's discus says Vassell

May 05, 2016
Photo Collin Reid Photos courtesy Supreme Ventures,Courts, and Jamaica Bickle Shanice Love of Excelsior High School holds the trophy for being the most outstanding female performer of the 2016 Penn Relays. Love broke the national junior and meet record with a throw of 54.72 metres, breaking the previous record of 54.29m.
Michael Vassell

Jamaica is yet to make its mark at the international level in women's throws but this could all soon change as a new star approaches the horizon in the way of Excelsior High School's Shanice Love.

Last Thursday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Love became the best high school female athlete in the discus throw as she broke the three-year old record of former Holmwood Technical standout, Gleneve Grange.

Love's record throw and national junior record of 54.72 metres erased Grange's 54.29 metres.

Jamaica's men have had some success in the event with O'Dayne Richards wining bronze at last year's World Championships, but the women have lagged behind but Love's coach Michael Vassell believes that's about to change.

"Shanice is an outstanding talent and she is able to compete under any condition," he told STAR Sports.

"I was not surprised by the distance despite but by the conditions, which were not conducive to good throwing and she is not used to it, but this goes to show the class of her mental capacity and how she has developed," he said.

He added: "She is going to Florida State University (FSU), a programme which has the past three national junior record holders and which will help to develop her and I think she could be the best ever," said Vassell.

In Love's first year at the Penn Relays in 2013 she was eighth with 40.92 metres; in 2014 she was 14th with 36.24 metres. Last year, she finished second with 50.44 metres.

"My achievement was great and I am happy for the win and the record having trained so hard for this," she said.

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