ENGLAND ATHLETICS U17 & U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS
For many years, Bedford International Stadium has been the home for the various age-group England championships and last weekend it was the opportunity for England’s up and coming U15 & U17 youngsters to put all their hard work to the test in top quality competition.
The club’s highpoint of the weekend was Kevin Metzger who won the U17 triple jump national title with a new PB of 14.66. He won so convincingly that the next contestant was 46 cm behind him - the same athlete who beat him in the indoor England championships last winter. This is just the latest of several important accolades and club headlines this year for Britain’s number one triple jumper. He became the English Schools inter-boy’s triple jump championships in July with a PB of 14.59 that was a club record, his second club record of this summer, the first being at the YDL match last May in Hull. The following week, he also won the England Schools International at Cardiff with the same distance of 14.59m. Congratulations, Kevin and well done to your coach Keith Hunter.
Lewis Hannon, our Northern Athletics U17 champion, achieved a new pinnacle in his pole vaulting career by winning the England Athletics silver medal with a PB of 4.30m. Lewis has made massive leaps forward in his burgeoning career under the tutelage of coach Matt Cullen.
The club had two bronze medallists - Amy Williams (U17 long jump) and Aimee Pratt (U17 1500m steeplechase). Amy, the 2012 U15 title holder and the UK’s top triple jumper might well have been the gold medallist again but she was carrying a tight hamstring and so leaped a below par 5.68m. Aimee Pratt, last year’s U17 silver medallist has made great progress this year with her coach Vincente Modahl and had targeted the gold. With her PB of 5.03.67 from July’s YDL match at Wakefield and the race won in a PB of 4.59.93, the gold medal may well have been out of her reach this year.
There were several other very impressive performances. In a tough heat, Aine Cunningham made it through to the 800m final as one of the fastest qualifiers. In the final, with a blistering first lap at 61 (in blustery conditions) stuck stuck to her plan c to go through in 66 (and last at the bell) and finished in a very good quality field in 5th place in 2.17.22 beating the fastest girl in the country over 2 laps. Alexa McTiffin just missed out on the final in 5th place.
Apart from Lewis Hannan, coach Matt Cullen was also very pleased with his other two pole vaulters in the competition. Matilda Waters was in the form of her life to produce two PB’s that went from 2.60 to 2.80m. Ebbie Dansen Chappell came very close to her PB of 3.20m. Discus thrower U15 Jonathan Adderley will also be very pleased with his PB throw of 38.17
Posted 02/09/2014 06:13