(Pic: Rebecca & Kieran with GB International Jessica Judd)
Seven club athletes will be heading for Exeter for the English Schools’ Combined Events Final at the end of the season after an excellent two days’ competition in Essex Schools’ colours at Chelmsford.
Jacob Blanc and Denzel Achi were first and second in the Junior Boys’ pentathlon to lead Essex to victory. Jacob won the hurdles and set new long jump and shot marks before a brilliant 800m win and PB took the title, and Denzel set shot and high jump bests, and equalled his previous hurdles mark before another best in the 800 placed him second. Jacob’s points total of 2772 was the fifth best by a club Under 15, with Denzel scoring 2709. Stephanie Okoro is also Exeter bound after third place in the junior girls’ pentathlon after PBs and high jump, and equalling her hurdles best before a fast time in her 800m speciality moved her up from ninth to third. Uche Okpalauko will be joining her seventh place and PBs in the hurdles and 800m as the Essex team were victorious.
Sam Sanusi was also third after scoring 4127 points in his first Octathlon for the inter boys after PBs in the hurdles, javelin 400m and shot but Toby Bishop had to withdraw with injury after the third event but will make the trip to Devon as one of the team of four, as Sam and his scoring teammates did enough for victory. Tayllah Barton-Conde will complete the seven-strong club line up at the National Final after third place in the Inter Girls’ heptathlon with a 3993 point tally, fourth best ever by a club Under 17, as Essex took the top three places. 24/6/19