Essex Schools Championships - Chelmsford Saturday 9th June 2018  

The class of 2018 graduated in style as club athletes won 25 medals, 15 of them gold, as fine weather brought out some excellent results at the Essex Schools Championships at Chelmsford on Saturday.

UK Number 1 Max Law improved his own championship best to win the Intermediate javelin and Lola Kuponiyi, who is also top ranked nationally, broke the junior girls shot record she set last year on her way to gold. Bradley James threw beyond 60m again to win the junior javelin, and Freya Killilea's PB won the junior discus. All have won win English Schools’ selection after reaching the National standard while Alex Adeniji will hope to join them after throwing close to her best for bronze in the Intermediate shot, having already made the National mark. More throws success came from Ejiro Akpotor who won the junior boys' discus and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray who was inter girl's javelin runner up.

Toby Bishop's PB won him the junior hurdles title and English Schools’ selection, while Ruby Mace received the selectors' verdict after winning silver in the junior girls’ equivalent. Richard Akinyebo won gold in the inter boys' 100m in a new best and Reece Harriott's PB won him the inter 400m title. Poppy Ellis added the Essex Schools' inters 300m title to her county gold, and Jade Kavanagh won silver in the 200m in the same age group. Uche Okpalauko took junior 300m silver, as team mate Olivia Boachie was just behind in bronze, both in new PBs.

There were high jump golds for Aaron Eweka who won the junior event in a National Standard to ensure selection, while Jamal Thomas won the intermediate event.  Jessie Collier won the junior pole vault, and Tayllah Barton-Conde and Freya Higginbottom won gold & silver in the junior long jump.

Alice Brown was a comfortable winner in the junior 800m to book her English Schools' place, while Molly Sweetman won the inter 1500m. Natalie Sewell smashed her best in winning junior 1500m silver and Louis Berrett set new career marks for silver in the inter 'chase, both in close finishes.

The club can be optimistic of having its biggest group of English Schools’ representatives when the county squads are announced in coming weeks, after those in the senior (Under 20) age group, who don't compete in these championships, are added to the mix.


Gold: 15 - Silver - 7 - Bronze 3

English Schools National Standards # = 7;

English Schools Entry Standards * = 10

Inter boys (U17)

100m: 1st Richard Akinyebo 11.14s *

400m:  1st Reece Harriott 50.50s *

800m: Heat Oliver Ray 2:09.79s

1500m: 10th Alex Friend 4:33.08s

1500m S/C 2nd Louis Berrett 4:54.96s

JT - 1st  - Max Law 65.32m CBP #; 4th Oliver Woods 50.51m

LJ: 4th  Tobi Idowu 6.37m

HJ: 1st  Jamal Thomas 1.80m

PV: 6th Peter Brinton-Quinn 3.10m

Junior Boys (U15)

100m: 6th - Malcolm Oshungbohun 11.98s

300m 6th Daragh Thomas 39.75s

800m Heat Shane Hart 2:26.35s

1500m 5th Alex Ford 4:28.71s; 5th Matthew Blacklock 4:28.85s. Heat: Sam Bradley 4:50.53s

80m Hurdles - 1st - Toby Bishop 11.41s #; 4th Jacob Blanc 11.85s  (Heat 11.76s * )

JT - 1st  - Bradley James 60.02s #; 4th Oliver Yexley 37.10m

DT: 1st   Ejiro Akpotor 34.62m; 8th Patrick McLean-Tattan 26.86m

HJ: 1st  Aaron Eweka 1.78m #

TJ:  3rd - Jed Oni 12.33m *   

LJ: 7th - Ashton Thatcher-Gray 5.10m

Inter Girls (U17)

200m: 2nd Jade Kavanagh 25.50s *

300m: 1st : Poppy Ellis 41.00s *

800m 8th Amy Kilner 2:45.74s. Heat: Charlie Wright 2:48.08s

1500m - 1st : Molly Sweetman 4:43.22s *

80m Hurdles - 8th - Grace Griffiths 13.58s

SP: 3rd  Alex Adeniji 12.77m *

TJ: 7th Hannah Panchal 8.71m

JT: 2nd  - Adelaide Thatcher-Gray 36.55m

Junior Girls (U15)

100m 5th Bella Smith 12.95s; Heat: Jessica Roberts 13.23s

200m: 7th Shalom Gbadebo 27.54s

300m - 2nd - Uche Okpalauko 42.72s 3rd - Olivia Boachie 42.92s

800m – 1st - Alice Brown 2:14.84s #

1500m - 2nd  - Natalie Sewell  4:46.67s * ; 10th Chloe Rand 5:09.32s (Heat 5:07.85s)

75m Hurdles - 2nd- Ruby Mace 11.55s  (Heat 11.54s *) 6th Paige Robinson 12.71s

SP: 1st - Lola Kuponiyi 12.54m CBP #

DT: 1st - Freya Killilea 31.13m # 4th Hannah Yexley 26.10m

PV: 1st  - Jessie Collier 2.65m;

HJ: 6th - Olivia Sorrell 1.41m

LJ: 1st - Tayllah Barton-Conde 4.95m;  2nd  - Freya Higginbottom 4.86m

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