A couple of years ago N.V. Sheena was a 400m runner and hurdler and a silver medallist at the Schools National. She was advised to try the triple jump and three months ago, the young girl won the junior National gold.
The Mar Athanasius College student broke the women’s triple jump meet record by a stunning 39cm in the 30th Mahatma Gandhi University athletics championship at the Maharaja’s Stadium here on Saturday.
“I had done 13.17m during practice recently here,” the 20-year-old said after winning her second gold of the championship with a 12.98m effort which was just 6cm behind Mayookha Johny’s all-India varsities record. Her previous best, 12.67m, came at the junior National in Lucknow in October. Sheena had thrown the javelin to gold on Friday.
Sheena’s teammate, Shilpa Chacko (12.69m), also bettered the meet record.
The triple jump produced the final day’s lone record and brought Sheena the best athlete award among women. Vipin Francis (St. Thomas, Pala) won the award in the men’s section for his impressive 800m run (1:53.2s).
Kothamangalam’s Mar Athanasius College men and Changanassery’s Assumption women won the team titles.
The results: Men: 200m: 1. Anuroop John (MA, Koth.) 22.06s; 2. Jeris Jose (Maharaja’s, Ekm) 22.32; 3. Ajith Itty Varghese (SB, Chgy) 22.79.
800m: 1. Vipin Francis (St. Thomas, Pala) 1:53.2s; 2. Tinu Joseph (Baselius, Ktm) 1:54.38; 3. George John (MA) 1:55.44.
10,000m: 1. A.G. Vineesh (MA) 33:18.1s; 2. G.S. Subin (St. Thomas, Pala) 33:28.5; 3. George Mathew (Matha Coll. Of Tech., Paravur) 34:25.5.
110m hurdles: 1. Anees Rahmane (CMS, Ktm) 15.72s; 2. Sony Grechen (MA) 15.73; 3. Bimal Manuel (Marian, Kuttikanam) 18.02.
4x100m relay: 1. MA, Koth. (43.33s); 2. St. Thomas, Pala (43.44); 3. SB, Chgy (44.71).
4x400m relay: 1. St. Thomas, Pala (3:19.93s); 2. MA, Koth. (3:22.18); 3. Baselius, Ktm (3:24.21).
Pole vault: 1. Anoop Johny (St. Thomas, Pala) 4.30m; 2. P.S. Arun (St. Dominic’s, Kanj.) 4.10; 3. Ajith Rajappan (St. Dominic’s).
Women: 200m: 1. Anilda Thomas (MA) 25.2s; 2. Nimisha Jayaprakash (Alphonsa, Pala) 25.23; 3. Jomy Jose (Assumption, Chgy) 25.92.
800m: 1. K. Sinsha (Assu.) 2:12.79s; 2. Sona (CMS, Ktm) 2:13.7; 3. M.A. Asma Beevi (Assu.) 2:14.01.
10,000m: 1. Jintu Jose (Alph.) 39:12.1s; 2. O.R. Anju (Alph.) 39:12.1; 3. Alphonsa Varghese (Assu.) 41:27.
Triple jump: 1. N.V. Sheena (MA) 12.98m NR (OR: 12.59); 2. Shilpa Chacko (MA) 12.69; 3. Julin Cletus (Assu.) 11.87.
High jump: 1. Anjali V. Mohanan (Assu.) 1.63m; 2. Jinu Maria Manuel (Alph.) 1.60; 3. Anju Benny (Assu.) 1.50.
4x100m relay: 1. Alphonsa, Pala (48.22s); 2. Mar Athanasius, Koth. (48.33); 3. Assumption, Chgy (48.37).
4x400m relay: 1. Assumption (4 mins); 2. Alphonsa (5); 3. MA (6).
Discus: 1. Toniya Chacko (Assu.) 32.81m; 2. Dona Sebastian (Alph.) 31.94; 3. K.B. Bhagyalakshmi (MA) 27.06.
Hammer: 1. Neena Elizabeth Baby (MA) 43.08m; 2. K.B. Bhagyalakshmi (MA) 38.45; 3. Anu Mary Thomas (Nirmala, Mvtp) 33.76.
Team championships: Men: 1. Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam (102 pts); 2. St. Thomas, Pala (50); 3. St. Dominic’s, Kanjirappally (14).
Women: 1. Assumption College, Changanassery (85.5 pts); 2. Alphonsa, Pala (72.5); 3. MA, Kothamangalam (53).
Best athlete awards: Vipin Francis (Pala’s St. Thomas, men’s 800m), N.V. Sheena (Kothamangalam’s MA College, women’s triple jump).