Essex Schools Championships - Chelmsford Saturday 7th June 2014
Club athletes had a golden day on Saturday as they returned from the Essex Schools Championships at Chelmsford with ten gold and seven other medals.
The Intermediate Girls impressed with half of the gold medal tally. After improving her legal best in her 100m heat she went even faster in the final clocking 12.01s for a new Championship Best which had stood since 1995. It's now only a matter of time before she breaks the 12 seconds barrier.
Hurdlers Michelle Hughes and Lucy Bailey both struck gold. Michelle, running for Southend Schools, was an easy winner of the opening event the 300m Hurdles and will win English Schools selection as she has the National Standard while Lucy won the 80m hurdles title but must await the selectors' decision.
In the field Freya Gutteridge took discus gold, and again awaits the selectors' nod next week, while triple jump champion Ella Lindsay (Mid Essex) set a new competitive best but is short of the Schools' entry standard. The other Inter Girls' medals came from Katie Dawson who ran faster than before for 300m bronze and Sarah Wilson with third place in the 800m.
.Jairzinho Morris & Aaron Freshwater both won county gold in the Year 7 events, which are not represented in the National Championships. Jairzinho faced stiff opposition and only a finishing dive clinched 100m gold, in a new personal best time and second on the club's Under 13 all-time list. Aaron Freshwater equalled his high jump best when it mattered to win gold.
In the Junior Girls' events Abigail Shipton made it a third sprint title for Havering athletes, as she took the 100m title in a new personal best but is short of the Schools' entry standard. Katie Mitchell was another athlete to set new career marks as she trimmed her best in the 1500m for silver, Riva Siggins won discus silver in a new PB, while Becca Brown won 800m bronze in the same age group.
Tom Pitkin had to settled for silver in the Intermediate Boys' 400m hurdles and hopes to be in the frame for English Schools selection. Another gold in the age group went to Michael Duncan who is shy of the entry standard.
Two more medals, gold and bronze, came late on when training partners Millie Hodges and Grace Newson both set personal best to win Year 7 hurdles podium places. Millie improved her best in her heat and came from behind to snatch gold in a photo finish as Grace was third, jus outside the new PB set in her heat.
The Essex team selection panel will meet this weekend and as always will face a difficult task of choosing which of the 100 or so athletes with entry standards will make the 60-strong team for the English Schools event in Birmingham on 11th & 12th July.
Inter boys (U17)
200m - 4th - Lewis Bailey 23.35s (Heat: 23.55s)
1500 – 14th Zack Killoran 4:55.93s
400m Hurdles - 2nd – Thomas Pitkin 56.59s ; 5th - Matthew Owers 66.71s
LJ - 9th Olla Obaye 5.45m
DT: 1st –- Michael Duncan 34.39m; JT – 6th Ed Johnson 38.12m
Junior Boys (U15)
1500m - 4th - Oliver Morter 4:38.52s
80m Hurdles: Heat: Kieran Riddell 13.61s
DT 4th - Paul Okesola 32.75m, 6th Ewan Green 28.98m; 8th Harvey Addison 27.44m
Year 7 Boys (U13)
100m - 1st – Jairzinho Morris 12.45s PB (Heat: 12.64s)
800m - 17th - Oliver Woods 2:38.51s
HJ: 1st – Aaron Freshwater 1.40s =PB
Inter Girls (U17)
100m - 1st – Modupe Shokunbi 12.01s CBP (Heat: 12.07s)
300m - 3rd - Katie Dawson 43.10s PB (Heat: 44.55s); 4th - Heidi Surman-Wells 45.02s (Heat: 45.68s)
800m: - 3rd - Sarah Wilson 2:21.05s; 800m: 6th - Amy Baggs 2:31.59s
1500m – Jess Ward 5:37.77s
80m Hurdles - 1st - Lucy Bailey 12.14s
300m Hurdles - 1st - Michelle Hughes 45.51s
LJ; 4th – Annie Maguire 4.79m
TJ: 1st – Ella Lindsay 10.59m; 4th - Louise Lear 9.84m
DT: 1st – Freya Gutteridge 32.56m
JT - 4th – Alice Martin 29.52m, ?9th - Georgia Woodburn 17.??
Junior Girls (U15)
100 m - 1st - Abigail Shipton 13.05s PB (Heat: 13.69s)
200m: - Heat: Holly Nash 28.33s PB
800m - 3rd - Rebecca Brown 2:25.00; (Heat: 2:33.73s) 8th? Emily Marshall 2:38.5 (Heat: 2:29.80s PB
1500m 2nd - Katie Mitchell 5:01.43 PB 9th - Sophie Rand 5:24.60s PB
75 m Hurdles - 4th - Mayi Hughes 12.31s PB (Heat: 12.42s) 7th: Shannon Dooley 12.45s PB (Heat: 12.48s)
LJ; 5th - Isabella Purdie 4.53s
DT: 2nd - Riva Siggins 28.20m PB; 5th - Sophie Taylor 21.89m; SP 6th - Elysha Thatcher-Gray 9.00m
Year 7 Girls (U13)
100m - 4th - Charlotte Fransham 14.04s PB (Heat: 14.25s) -
600m - 7th - Rosie Brown 1:54.06s; 8th - Molly Sweetman 1:54.39
70m Hurdles -1st - Millie Hodges 11.81s PB (Heat: 12.09); 3rd Grace Newson 12.15s (Heat 12.11s PB
LJ – 7th Holly Nicholls 3.70m
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