South of England Indoor Championships, Lee Valley, 11th & 12th January 2020
Club athletes took home four medals as the South of England Championships for Under13s, Under 15s and Under 17s kick-started the indoor season.
Stephanie Okoro took pride of place as she took Under 15 Girls 300m gold in her first competitive races at the event. After a heat win in a relaxed 42.39s Stephanie powered home in the last 100m of the final to clock a personal best of 41.74s, to win by almost a second. The South of England pentathlon champion had earlier placed fifth in the long jump.
There were silver medals in the 60m hurdles events on Saturday. Paris King improved her club Under 15 record to 9.21s in winning her semi final after winning her heat but she had to come from behind in the final under an hour later to claim silver in 9.25s. She was joined on the podium by Jacob Blanc who stepped up into the Under 17 age group in style, winning his hurdles heat in a swift 8.31s before being edged into silver in the final with an even faster 8.23s, not far short of the 8.17s club record which looks likely to be broken later in the indoor season. Jacob also made his 400m debut on Sunday posting a fine 53.35s to earn a final place but opted not to run as he was feeling unwell.
The fourth club medal went to rising star Al-Ameen Salaam who won Under 15 shot bronze with his first round 10.83m put. He would have added to the tally in the 200m after crossing line in bronze position only to be disqualified for a lane infringement.
Under 17 men:
60m: Ridwan Salaam 7.34s PB Heat & DQ semi; Denzel Achi 7.38s semi & 7.39s heat; Michael Okoro 7.75s PB.
200m: Heat: Michael Okoro 24.91s; 400m. Heat: Jacob Blanc 53.35s PB; 60m Hurdles: 2nd Jacob Blanc 8.23s PB (Heat: 8.31s). LJ: 5th Denzel Achi 5.98m
Under 15 Boys:
200m: Al-Ameen Salaam 24.55s semi & 24.82s Heat. Final DQ; 60m Hurdles: Heats: Dominic Alexandru 9.62s PB & Thomas Moran 9.86s PB; SP: 3rd Al-Ameen Salaam 10.83m PB
Under 13 Boys:
60m: 4th Jude Ogundare 8.0s PB (Heat 8.41s); Heat: James Campbell 9.73s PB
Under 17 women:
60m: Karis Thomas 7.97s PB semi & 7.98s Heat
200m: Karis Thomas 26.60s semi & 26.74s Heat; Uche Okpalauko 26.67s PB semi & 26.91s heat: 400m. Heat: Olivia Boachie 60.05s PB; Alice Brown 64.66s
Under 15 Girls:
60m: Cassie Campbell 8.90s PB Heat; 200m: Cassie Campbell 29.06s Heat; 60m Hurdles: 2nd Paris King 9.25s (semi: 9.21s PB & Club record; Heat: 9.28s). Heat: Bethan Jarret 10.14s & semi 10.27s; 300m: 1st Stephanie Okoro 41.74s PB & 42.39s semi; LJ: Okoro 5th 4.75m
Pics: Tony Benton