English Schools Championships - Gateshead
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July 2012
Two golds, a silver and two bronze
medals plus three club records made for a memorable English Schools
Championships at Gateshead on Friday and Saturday.
Heavy overnight rain had threatened the event's cancellation but the proceedings eventually got underway an hour late on Friday morning to the relief of the athletes' family and supporters who had made the log trek north..
Georgie Taylor was the top ranked performer in the intermediate girls discus and lived up to her star billing as not only did she lift the title, to add to her junior girls' gold last year, but also erased one of the longest standing club records when her opening throw of 41.80m not only added 37cms to her PB but bettered Rosanne Lister's club record of 41.56m set almost 27 years ago on 1st September 1985. It also earned her selection for the England Schools' team in the Home Countries Championships at Ashford on 21st July. With another year in the age group the new record is on borrowed time with Rachel Forder, who placed fourth at Gateshead with 38.45m, hard on her heels.
Jimi Tele completed an impressive hat trick of triple jump titles - and all for different counties. Despite a heavily strapped knee Jimi leapt to a new personal best of 15.01m to claim the senior title by 6 cms from Yorkshire's Adam Khan to add to his Inter Boys' gold in 2010 for Somerset and 2008 junior boys' gold in Essex colours, for the former Southend High School student.
Robbie Clarricoats was celebrating his call up for the English Schools' team after finishing second in the Inter Boys' 100m hurdles in 13.22s but was left to rue what might have been gold after clouting the ninth hurdle as he contested the lead. He also had the consolation of further improving his club record to a hand-timed 13.1s in his semi final and has further opportunities of breaking the 13 secs barrier incoming weeks.
George Hadler claimed a surprise bronze medal in the Inter Boys 400m hurdles as his late charge down the home straight almost brought him silver and international selection. His time of 55.04s not only sliced almost a second and a half off his 56.49s PB but also smashed Kevin Lidlow's club record of 56.4s set in 1978.
Another bronze went to Josh Olawore whose fourth round 7.03m leap earned him a medal by just one centimetre in the senior long jump.
The club's other four members who had earned the rigorous selection places in the over-subscribed 60 -strong Essex team will aim be back next year to improve on their Gateshead performances. Lydia Hallam's Inter Girls' 800m heat time of 2m 15.02 placed her fourth and outside a fastest losers slot, Debbie Knight's opening throw of 40.02m in the senior girls' javelin proved to be her longest and left her 30cms short of a top 8 place, in ninth, Alex Law was a creditable eight in the Inter Boys' long jump with 6.31m, while Michelle Hughes' hopes of a final places in the junior 75m hurdles also ended after a poor start and hitting a hurdle heavily mid race.
75m Hurdles 5th Heat - Michelle Hughes 13.12s
800m Hurdles 4th Heat: Lydia Hallam 2:15.02s
Discus 1st Georgie Taylor 41.80m PB & club U17 record; 4th - Rachel Forder 38.48m
Javelin 9th - Debbie Knight - 40.02m
100m Hurdles 2nd Robbie Clarricoats - 13.22s; (semi - 2nd 13.1s PB & club U17 record heat - 2nd 13.58s)
400m Hurdles 3rd George Hadler - 55.04s PB & club U17 record (heat - 3rd 57.44s)
Long Jump 8th Alex Law 6.31m
Triple Jump 1st Jimi Tele 15.01m PB
Long Jump 3rd Josh Olawore 7.03m
Photos - Day 1
Photos - Day 2
|all photos Tony Benton except Georgie Taylor with medal (Lynn Taylor)||