NJCAA Indoors 2019
Last weekend Jamaican thrower Devia Brown broke one of the longest standing records in college track and field and like most, she didn’t see it coming.
The Central Arizona College sophomore eclipsed Grace Apiafi’s (Mt. San Antonio College) 28 year old record of 16.86m with a big heave of 16.94 metres to win the women’s shot put at the Mesa Indoor & Multis.
Brown hit the NJCAA’s leading mark on her first and only registered attempt on the day, finishing well ahead of teammate Cherisse Murray (Trinidad & Tobago) 16.09m.
In her freshman season, the former Hydel High School athlete became the first woman from Central Arizona to capture NJCAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Year honours after registering the third-best shot put mark (16.37m) in NJCAA history. But that was outdoors – in mid-April.
The 20 year old never threw further than 14.68m during the indoor season so an improvement of over 2 metres is a surprise to some including her.
“To be honest I surprised myself even though I knew I had it in me. I’m excited to see what I have left in store. This is a great confidence booster for me,” said Brown in an interview with Sports At your Fingertips.
A small part of the surprise is down to her versatility. Brown has performed well at several events for the Vaqueros and doesn’t necessarily fancy the shot put as her pet event.
Last season at the NJCAA Outdoor National Championships she won the discus, placed third in the shot put and fourth in the javelin. While at the Region I Championships, she won the shot put, discus and hammer throw titles while also finishing second in the javelin.
“I really love throwing the discus, but I’ve been told from my high school coach (Linval Swaby) that the shot put is the one for me. But honestly I just rock to what I’m doing better at, so for now shot put is my favorite,” she candidly stated.
If Brown achieves her objective for her indoor season she will make further history.
— Minnesota Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country (@GopherWCCTF) November 29, 2018
“My objective is to hit 17 meters in the shot and over 18 for the weight throw. But I’m just being patient and allowing things to fall in place with the help of my coach (Jeremy Tuttle),” Brown informed.
Whether she achieves her objectives this season or not Brown is already ‘moving on up.’ The University of Minnesota, one of the top throwing programs in college track and field, already saw enough of Brown to offer her an opportunity to transfer to the NCAA Division 1, a move she is quite excited to complete when the time comes.
“I’m really pumped! It’s going to be a great transition for me and a huge accomplishment. When the time comes I’ll be ready to make that step,” said the future Gopher.