n Photo courtesy of the University of Georgia Athletics department
Jumping for joy: Latroya Darrell said she’s aiming to clear 13 metres this weekend at the Tyson Invitational. 
* Photo courtesy of the University of Georgia Athletics department. Jumping for joy: Latroya Darrell said she’s aiming to clear 13 metres this weekend at the Tyson Invitational. 
n Photo courtesy of the University of Georgia Athletics department
Jumping for joy: Latroya Darrell said she’s aiming to clear 13 metres this weekend at the Tyson Invitational. 
* Photo courtesy of the University of Georgia Athletics department. Jumping for joy: Latroya Darrell said she’s aiming to clear 13 metres this weekend at the Tyson Invitational. 

Latroya Darrell is the new queen of Bermuda triple jump.

Darrell’s mark of 12.95 metres this past weekend gave her the Bermuda record.

She eclipsed Aranxta King’s 12.93 metres, which was set last year.

Darrell, who competes for the University of Georgia — the same college Aaron Evans attends — made her historic leap at Virginia Tech Elite Meet.

But the talented young athlete isn’t done yet — she’s aiming to break it again this weekend.

Darrell said: “I knew right away and I was really excited I had broken the record.

“I felt great because I had worked hard. It was really long overdue.

Darrell’s jump was about 10 cm farther than she had jumped before.

She said: “I’m hoping to go 13 plus metres at the next track meet I have, which is on Saturday.”

Darrell, a sophomore at UGA, attributed her success to her coach at the University of Georgia.

“I have a really good coach. We do a lot of technical and speed work. That’s really helping a lot.”

“The coach is really good — he knows what he’s doing. I just feel comfortable here. I like it here.”

She said having a fellow Onion on the track team in Evans is a benefit.

“He supports me and I support him. It’s always good to have another Bermudian with me, helping support me.”

Darrell said one of her goals for the University season includes a top three finish at the SEC Conference Meet.

The other goal could see her and King face off as Darrell has the lofty target of competing at the NCAA National Meet.

“That would be a big accomplishment for me.”

Last year Evans was third at Nationals in the 800m, while King was second, albeit in the long jump.

Darrell said there is no rivalry between her King.

“Arantxa is my friend and I support her and she supports me as well.”

Darrell gave a lot of credit to Donna Watson, president of the Bermuda Track and Field Association, for helping revive the support on the island.

“Donna Watson has done a lot of work to get track and field back up in Bermuda. We have a lot more supporters now that Donna Watson is in charge of the BTFA.”

She added: “We have more opportunities to compete, especially those of us who are in school. Also, I think, everyone wants to be the best they can be for themselves, Bermuda and their school.”

Watson said: “It is great to see Latroya coming back so strong.

“She was one of our top performers at the Carifta Games before she had to step out of the sport for a while. 

“With her jumping so well at the beginning of the season it means that she should be in for a good track & field season as long as she stays injury free.”

Track meet

Locally, Watson said there will be a track meet at the National Sports Centre on Saturday.

The meet, hosted by the Trojans Track Club, will start at 1pm with the 800m. The last event of the day is scheduled for 3:20pm with the 4x400m relay.