Javelin ace Alex Pascal has made a low-key return to competition after an elbow injury kept him out for all of last season.
The 20-year-old Caymanian represented the University of Missouri Tigers at the Drake Relays in Iowa last Friday and threw 64.20 meters despite the wet conditions.
Pascal placed seventh overall and fourth out of 23 entrants.
He is rebuilding his confidence and technique, and his next meet for the Tigers is at home this weekend when they host the Tom Botts Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Although only competing cautiously, Pascal has already rewritten his university’s record books.
Earlier in the month, Pascal finished first in the javelin for the first time at a college meet for the Tigers by winning at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Gateway Invitational. He won with a throw of 62.80m, which is far from his personal best.
“It was a great experience winning my first collegiate meet,” said Pascal, the Cayman Islands javelin record holder at 70.66 meters. “But I wasn’t as happy with the distance because I’m still doing a very, very short run-up approach.
“The run-up approach I’m doing, it’s a great number. It’s extremely good. But I know I can throw a little further so in a few weeks I should be going back to a full run-up so my distance will dramatically increase.
“I was happy for the win but I just wanted the distance to be a little bit more.”