ENGLAND AGE-GROUP INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale youngsters had every reason to be pleased and proud from the weekend’s England Athletics U15.U17 and U20 Indoor Championship at Sheffield. Not only did all of them have an important experience in their budding careers but several returned home with prestigious national medals and, just as valuable, lifetime best performances. Congratulations to Jona Efoloko who won the U17 60m National title with a PB; Aimee Pratt (U20 1500m), Jona Efoloko (U17 200m), Matilda Waters (U15 Pole Vault), and Kevin Metzger (U20 Triple Jump) who won National silver medals and Georgia Pickles (U20 Pole Vault) who won a bronze medal.
U17 Jona Efoloko has ceaselessly broken the club sprint records and other CBP’s through his age-groups. He was last year’s U15 double sprint gold medallist and now adds this year’s U17 60m title and 200m silver medallist, again with PB performances to his growing treasure.
Silver medallist, Kevin Metzger came within a whisker of winning the U20 triple jump gold medal. Said his coach Keith Hunter. “He was second by 11cms with a PB leap and decided to miss two jumps to prepare for his final jump........ but he fouled and so missed the gold”
Aimee Pratt was last year’s U17 1500m gold medallist and came to this year’s championship as first year U20. Coached by Vincente Modahl, her 4:43.05 was marginally faster than last year and she was rewarded with the national silver medal.
The club’s top pole vault coach Matt Cullen had every reason to be “over the moon’ with his group he supported through the weekend. His squad returned home proud with three medals and three equalled their PB’s. U15 Matilda Waters & Preston’s U17 Jess Swannack bagged delightful silver medals and U20 Georgia Pickles was particularly pleased to win her first National medal because this time last year she was on a spinal board recovering.
These medallists were far from the only ones with good reason to celebrate, “Mike Jackson, father of talented U15 Ellie Jackson, wrote of the club’s talented multi-eventers who majored on the 60m sprint hurdles. “Meg McHugh & Grace Bower did really well to progress to the semi-finals in a hugely competitive U17W category. Meg needed an impressive life time best of 9.05secs just to qualify from the heats. In the U15G category “Junior McHugh” Tess also secured a personal best in a field of high quality hurdle exponents & was unfortunate to be in a heat of athletes at the higher end of the age group. Tess’ time will come again especially given her excellent technical prowess in this event. Top performer was Ellie Jackson in the U15G category with lifetime best showings in the heats, semi-final & final, eventually securing 4th place in the final with 9.22secs in her first national championships following on from her recent Northern Championships success. Grace Bower bravely doubled up in the U17W High Jump earning a PB at 1.64mtrs for 5th place overall, this after first time clearances throughout & narrowly failing at 1.68mtrs. The standard across the age groups was hugely impressive & the performances bode well for the forthcoming Indoor Multi-event championships later this month.
Well done to all participants. onwards now to a very successful outdoor season
Posted 03/03/2015 11:33