Seventeen of our athletes travelled over to Lee Valley for the County Champs last weekend, and they came back with medals and PBs aplenty – though the gusty wind meant some of the best performances were wind-assisted.
For the senior men, Mo Hashi won both the 1500m and the 5000m. While neither were close to his PBs, they were good season’s openers. He was accompanied in both events by Akira Anzai-Jackson, who ran a PB in both. It was Akira’s first outing over the shorter distance for some years. He also chopped over 20 seconds from his 5000m PB.
Ash Conteh reached both of the senior sprint finals and produced massive PBs in legitimate wind. He was seventh in the 100m (11.36, 11.27 wind assisted in the heat) and was sixth in the 200 (23.03). He had never previously broken 11.70 or 23.70. He finished very strongly in both races, comments coach Pat Cornell, so is clearly showing the benefit of harder training, building up much greater strength and fitness.
U20 Oscar Gjesdal won both the high jump and the triple jump. Coach Pat Cornell commented that he did well to produce such good performances at his first experience of county championships, particularly the high jump. His triple jump was also a PB.
Vitaly Bender ran a big PB in winning his bronze medal over the U17 1500m. Thomas Edgar is at the younger end of the age bracket, being still only 14. He finished fifth and also ran a PB, ducking well under five minutes for the first time.
U15 Theo Jarrett ran PBs by a considerable margin in the 100m (12.62) and 200m (25.9). He timed his outings well, as the wind was legal in both cases!
Helen Leadbetter (below) won the senior women’s pole vault.
U20 Feia Starkey won the 400m hurdles not far outside her PB, finishing fourth overall in the combined U20 and senior women’s race. Emily Nicholson-Stanwix won bronze in both the horizontal jumps. She matched her long jump PB, albeit wind-assisted.
Promising new U17 sprinter Golder Wiafe ran a big PB in the 100m, finishing fourth in the final. A bronze medal came in the high jump. Juliet Agrotis took silver on her first outing over the 80m hurdles; last season she was still an U15 and running 75m. Daisy Burns won silver in the triple jump and bronze in the long jump.
For the U15 girls, Josie Booker and Katharine Boissiere both tackled the 300m and Josie also competed in the 75m hurdles. Her hurdles would have been a good PB but sadly it was wind-assisted and doesn’t count.
Mia de Vivenot was our only U13 girl but she came away with a silver and a gold in the throws. She notched up yet another PB in her third throw of the javelin, to defend her title from last year. She was also second in the shot put with 6.08m.
ESM results summary:
SM: 100m: 7 Ash Conteh 11.36, 200m: 6 Ash Conteh 23.03, 1500m: 1 Mohamed Hashi 4:06.11, 5 Akira Anzai-Jackson 4:51.58, 5000m: 1 Mohamed Hashi 15:27.42, 4 Akira Anzai-Jackson 17:28.88
U20M: 200m: 6 Kai English 23.46, HJ: 1 Oscar Gjesdal 1.80, TJ: 1 Oscar Gjesdal 12.47, DT: 2 Kai English 28.91
U17M: 800m: 5 Seweryn Czapka 2:03.63, 1500m: 3 Vitaly Bender 4:35.52, 5 Thomas Edgar 4:55.24
U15B: 100m: Ht2: 4 Theo Jarrett 12.62, 200m: Ht3: 3 Theo Jarrett 25.9, 1500m: 11 Maxi Steel 2:27.35
SW: PV: 1 Helen Leadbetter 2.45
U20W: 400mH: 1 Feia Starkey 67.21, LJ: 3 Emily Nicholson-Stanwix 4.85w, TJ: 3 Emily Nicholson-Stanwix 9.06w
U17W: 100m: 4 Golder Wiafe 12.63, 200m: 3 Golder Wiafe 26.44w, 80mH: 2 Juliette Agrotis 13.70, HJ: 3 Golder Wiafe 1.35, LJ: 3 Daisy Burns 4.89, TJ: 2 Daisy Burns 9.70
U15G: 300m: Ht1: 5 Josie Booker 50.43, Ht 2: 6 Katharine Boissiere 47.72, 75mH: 6 Josie Booker 13.40
U13G: SP: 2 Mia de Vivenot 6.08, JT: 1 Mia de Vivenot 20.58
Full results on power of 10