English Schools Championships - Birmingham
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July 2018
It was a record breaking weekend for club athletes as the record 15 club representatives returned with a record seven medals, improving three club records in the process.
Shandell Taylor has been in superb form in the run up to these championships but nothing suggested that he would improve his best by over half a metre and claim the long-standing club record. His winning third round leap of 7.78m in the senior long jump not only broke the legendary Fred Alsop's 1964 club record, but was also the ninth longest by a UK Under 20, and the sixth longest by a UK jumper this summer. He added silver as a member of the Essex relay squad.
Max Law returned from his successful European Under 18 championships and claimed his expected victory in the intermediate javelin, to add to his silver in the same event last year, and two junior golds with a consistent series and a best of 70.84m, to win by 11 metres. Max now adds to his international vest collection next weekend when he represents the England Schools team at the Home Countries International in Scotland.
Lola Kuponiyi lived up to her Number 1 status to win gold in the junior girls' shot, after placing fourth in her debut last year. Lola's 12.94m winning throw was almost a metre ahead of the field.
Bradley James' opening effort of 61.25m added four centimetres to his PB to claim junior javelin silver behind Berkshire's UK leader Ben East and second ranked Alice Brown lived up to her billing with silver in the junior 800m, to add to her discus bronze last year.
Mayi Hughes added 10 cms to her week-old club best to jump 12.40m to earn senior triple jump bronze by a single centimetre, and Freya Killilea's final round PB of 31.68m won bronze ahead of three higher ranked athletes.
Aaron Eweka's 1.84m high jump clearance in the junior boys' event lost out to a medal on count back but broke the club under 15 record dating back to 1981. Another fourth place went to Kate O'neill who took 20 seconds off her best clocking 9m 47.88s - fifth best ever by a club U20 - in the senior 3000m race, with Jess Mitchell in 12th (10:05.22s).
Toby Bishop placed sixth in the junior 80m hurdles final on his debut, after hitting the first hurdle hard, and junior triple jumper Jed Oni was sixth after adding 24 cms to his PB, while intermediate shot putter Alexandrea Adeniji added another sixth place finish.
Ruby Mace's 11.43s heat clocking was a new PB and second fastest ever by a club Under 15, but a 11.49s semi final run fell short of a final place, and the 15-strong club contingent was completed by Sam Sanusi whose medal hopes were dashed by recording three no jumps in qualifying.
It was an outstanding two days of action by club athletes who showed that they can compete against the best in England
800m : 2nd - Alice Brown 2: 13.15s
75mH: Heat: Ruby Mace 11.43s PB; semi 11.49w dnq
Shot : 1st - Lola Kuponiyi 12.94m
Discus: 3rd - Freya Killilea 31.68m PB ;
Shot Put : 6th - Alex Adeniji 12.45m
3000m : 4th - Kate O'Neill 9:47.88s PB 12th - Jessica Mitchell 10:05.22s
Triple Jump : 3rd - Mayi Hughes 12.40m PB (Club U20 & senior if wind legal; - wind reading not in results)
80mH: 6th - Toby Bishop 11.51w (Heat: 11.62s)
Triple Jump: 6th - Jed Oni 12.57w PB
High Jump: 4th - Aaron Eweka 1.84m PB & Club Under 15 Record
Long Jump: - Sam Sanusi 3 NJ
Javelin: 2nd - Bradley James 61.25m PB
Javelin: 1st Max Law 70.84m
Long Jump: 1st - Shandell Taylor 7.78m (PB & Club U20 & senior record)
Pics: Tony Benton, Sam Harrison, Emily Brown