Love has World Juniors on her mind

May 12, 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.

Shanice Love of Excelsior High School has already won the discus at Boys and Girls' Championships, the Carifta Games and, most recently, the Penn Relays.

Even so, the champion thrower has her eye on an even bigger target. She hopes to crown her last season at Excelsior by reaching the discus final at the World Junior Championships.

In Philadelphia, she extended her own national junior record to 54.72 metres at the Penn Relays

"My target is to go to World Juniors, make the final and make history for Jamaica female throwers," she said.

If successful, she would be the first Jamaican girl to reach a World Junior throwing final.

Love believes the combination of her Penn Relays discus success with that of Munro's Kino Dunkley is a milestone.


"It means a lot that the coaches in Jamaica are doing their jobs not only on the track, but also in the field," she said.

Coached at Excelsior by throws guru Michael Vassell, Love is still overwhelmed by her dramatic last-throw victory at Champs 2016.

In agreeing to describe it as nerve-wracking, she relived the moment, saying, "Yes, it was, but I know I'm better and I am mentally and physically prepared, so I go out there and focus and execute."

Asked what advice she would offer to other girls who contest the throwing events, she thoughtfully said, "Stay dedicated because throwing can take you further, and to make history; and to make the world know that Jamaica has not only runners, but field event persons there."

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