Kai Chang, Shanice Love win discus titles at Franklin Field

By April 26, 2019
Kai Chang, Shanice Love win discus titles at Franklin Field Penn Relays

Calabar High School’s Kai Chang unleashed a 60-plus metre throw on Friday to win the high school boy’s discus at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, former Excelsior High thrower Shanice Love, now at Florida State University was similarly impressive in the College Women’s Discus Championship for her fourth win in five outings this season.

Chang, the 2018 World U20 champion uncorked a massive throw of 66.42m and was basically unchallenged. He had five throws beyond 60m with the winning throw coming on his fifth attempt.

Marks of 64.87, 64.80 and 62.82 demonstrated the difference in quality between Chang and the rest of the field as no other thrower achieved the 60-metre benchmark.

Daniel Cope of Petersfield High was the closest competitor having hurled the discus out to 59.42m on his fourth attempt.

Meanwhile, Paul Brennan of Princeton managed a credible 56.99m for third.

Earlier, five of Love’s six throws went beyond 57 metres in rainy conditions not ideal for throwing. Still, she managed to power the disc out to 58.25m on her final throw to seal the victory.

“It wasn’t the best series, with the conditions and everything but it was just mind over matter during the competition,” Love told reporters afterwards.

Ashley Anumba of the University of Pennsylvania copped the silver with 56.05m while Venique Harris of Albany took the bronze medal with 54.39m.

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