MULTI-EVENT GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE
A windy very cold Boston greeted the 3 members of Sales combined events group that had made the English schools final. Over 3000 athletes per age group started competing for the final back in May. 44 athletes had finally made it to the final
First to compete was Harry Lord in the Inter boys. Harry had only qualified with the team and was not ranked in the top 30. His first event did not start well, his first long jump was not too good and his 2nd attempt saw him trip into the pit. The pressure was on and he produced a PB that put him into 5th place. The 2nd event saw him produce another PB with the discus taking him into 3rd place.
The next event Javelin saw Harry move into 1st place a throw of over 57 metres, good enough for a individual medal! The last event of the day was the 400. This was going to be damage limitation as many of his fellow competitors had far faster 400's. Once again Harry produced a PB but his lead was cut to 80 points.
Harry's 2nd day has 2 strong and 2 vulnerable events. I now had to do some work assuring that he could stay in the top 3 and earn his 1st international England vest.
1st event sprint hurdles, yes another PB but he moved into 2nd place. Harry's calves were now beginning to cramp and soon he was moving on to the high jump where the calves will receive a thorough workout. Copiousness amounts of roller work were put into use in between jumps. He started low and worked his way up to be jumping for a PB but not this time he had to be satisfied with a equal PB. Still, in 2nd place but only a few points ahead of 3rd. Before the shot he managed to get a massage. Close to his best kept him in 2nd place. The final event after 2 gruelling days was 1500 metres. Harry had to keep ahead of 3rd and 4th athlete. Harry made this and has won his 1st International, not bad for somebody that wasn't ranked!
Grace Bower competed in last year’s final and finished out of the top twenty. Both Grace Bower and Megan McHugh qualified for this year’s final and were hoping for a much higher finish this year. 5 events in one day is the junior girl’s competition starting with sprint hurdles. Both had a PB of 11.5 and a slower electronic PB. On this occasion Grace came out on top winning with a new PB and Meg in 3rd place. Shot was next, both produced PB'S but Megs put was longest, she moved into 2nd place with Grace slipping into 5th place.
The 3rd event, high jump took place in a freezing strong side wind. This was the event I was concerned with Grace but ever the competitor she came up with a PB! Meg finished up one height below Grace but kept ahead of her taking over 1st place and Grace moved up to 3rd. Long jump is the penultimate event and this time I was concerned for Meg as she has been struggling. Grace started off with a great jump just 1cm off her PB but Meg produced a PB! What a competitor.
They went into the final event, 800. Meg was in 2nd place in front of Grace in 3rd by 2 points. Meg and Grace went out hard and by 200 metres they were 20 metres ahead! Grace won the race very close to her PB, Meg came in 5th with a fantastic PB particularly in freezing windy conditions!
In the pentathlon Grace came 1st with a PB which moved her to 14th on the all time list. Meg finished 3rd, both will earn their first International vest.
Posted 23/09/2014 06:33