The coach and two of his multi-event athletes from the Sale multi-events group selected to represent England in the latest Home International held at Stoke's Northwood Stadium, produced a rewarding weekend of strong performances. Brogan Crowley led the Under 20 Women to victory and Alex Wort was only pipped by his team-mate in doing the same thing for the Under 20 Men in a contest that England won handsomely under the guidance of Chris Bartram among other England coaches.
Coming soon after her triumphant English Schools title in the hurdles, Brogan's first international selection provided the perfect stage on which to demonstrate her burgeoning skills, one she took full advantage of. Her first day ended with a new personal best in the 200m after her previous three events had all almost yielded p.b's. Overnight she led the Under 20 competition and was pushing the Senior Women. Near p.b's in the Long Jump and Javelin on Day two left her winning her category but tantalisingly short of the significant 5000 point mark for the heptathlon. As a confidence-boosting performance before preparing her assault on the English Schools Combined Events title in September this could hardly have been better. We wish her all the best for a successful end to her season.
Alex's strong showing proved that he has recovered very well from a slight injury so he should take great confidence into the rest of his season. He managed to produce a consistently effective string of marks that always kept him towards the top of the leader board including a new personal best in the High Jump and near misses in the Discus, Long Jump and 1500m. With five weeks of hard training in prospect as preparation for his English Schools Combined Events competition, Alex can realistically look forward to a rewarding end to his Under 20 career.
Other athletes from Sportcity competed in the Under 17 Women's championships being held alongside the international match.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls has almost nothing to be ashamed of in coming fifth nationally and taking the Northern silver medal. After decent High Jump, Hurdles and Long Jump performances, her new 200m and Javelin personal bests put her in a position where she promised a higher eventual finish but her 800m run put paid to that hope. However in scoring above 4000 points for the first time she has an achievement that should be recognised.
Georgia Pickles came away with a well-deserved Northern Championships bronze medal and sixth place nationally having performed strongly over the gruelling seven discipline competition, one she has not trained specifically for so far. Producing new personal bests in the 80m hurdles, Shot Putt and 200m while equalling her Long Jump p.b, her row of strong performances kept her in handy positions on the leader board. She cemented her medal with a strong finish in the 800m final event to climb upwards towards her medal. Well done Georgia.
Jessica Hodsman competed well in the heptathlon competition and came away with a number of notable marks. New personal bests in the 80m Hurdles and the Long Jump were complemented by close misses in the 200m, Javelin and 800m to leave her with a final score of 3600 points which should give her much encouragement for the future.
For further information contact; Chris Bartram at Sportcity. Article and photos courtesy of Allan Wort
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33