FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore Djimon Gumbs broke Northwestern State’s discus record twice Friday on the opening day of the TCU Invitational.
Gumbs’ third throw of 182-6 broke a more than 25-year-old record, and with the event win and school record already in hand, Gumbs bested his own mark with a 183-11 on his final throw.
NSU’s previous record holder Allen Smith tossed a 180-8 in 1996.
“DJ didn’t actually look great out there, but he grinded out some good throws,” said NSU coach Mike Heimerman. “The conditions were decent, a little bit chilly.
“But he and his brother Diamante will only get better and better.”
Diamante Gumbs fouled on his first two throws and faced the prospect of not advancing to the final three throws.
But he put those thoughts to rest by unleashing a personal record 179-5 on his third throw, which now stands third all-time in the NSU record book.
“With the twins being first and third after just the first full meet, that shows how special they are,” Heimerman said.
NSU had three of the top five discus throwers with Tarajh Hudson placing fifth with a personal best 163-5.
“Tarajh had a consistent day today, and then you have a Johnny Mitchell that finished ninth at 139-10 despite picking up the disc for only the second time since high school,” Heimerman said. “All four of those men work and feed off each other’s energy, so it will be a fun season.
“We have been looking forward to outdoor season, and this is a great start.”
The remainder of the events will be contested Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. Running events start at 3 p.m.