ATHLETICS: Local youngsters perform well at English Schools’ Final

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HIGH winds and heavy showers made conditions difficult for many events at the English Schools Combined Events Final at Exeter over the weekend.

Local athletes representing Lincolnshire coped well with the conditions and can be proud of their achievements.

Under-15 Joshua Brown was the highest placed of the Lincolnshire boys, taking an excellent seventh place out of 42 competitors in the pentathlon. His points score of 2,718 (80 hurdles 12.06sec pb, shot 11.12m, long jump 5.57m, high jump 1.62m, 800m 2min 17.36sec) was the second highest scored ever achieved by any Lincs athlete.

In the under-17 boys’ octathlon, Jac Heanen was the third fastest hurdler and finished in 18th out of 40 competitors with 4,218 points (long jump 6.22m, discus 26.34m, javelin 33.11m, 400m 57.99sec, 100m hurdles 13.78sec pb, high jump 1.74m, shot 9.54m pb, 1500m 5min 10.27sec).

Under-15 pentathlete Zoe Lucas achieved personal best performances in the 75m hurdles (12.46sec) and shot (6.39m). A 1.47m high jump, running into a strong headwind, was also a good performance. Despite twisting her ankle warming up for the long jump, she made a valiant attempt and managed 3.89m, but was unable to compete in the 800m.

Millie Cooper and Hannah Dunderdale were members of the Lincs winning team in the under-17 girls’ heptathlon, retaining the trophy that they helped to win last year.

Millie had the fastest 80m hurdles time and finished 10th overall with a point score of 3,727 (80m hurdles 11.75sec, high jump 1.41m, shot 6.93m, 200m 26.43sec, long jump 4.49m, javelin 20.06m, 800m 2min 40.75sec).

Hannah placed second in the under-17 age group, just 32 points behind the winner, gaining herself selection to represent England in a Schools International Indoor Pentathlon at Glasgow in December. Her totall points tally was 4,516 (80m hurdles 12.09sec, high jump 1.50m, shot 9.81m, 200m 26.3sec, long jump 5.01m, javelin 32.73m, 800m 2min 27.06sec).

In the senior girls’ (under-19) heptathlon, Chelsea Brockett finished 18th and Amelia Wood 28th with scores of 3,397 and 2,531 respectively (Chelsea: 100m hurdles 17.92sec, high jump 1.57m pb, shot 6.11m,, 200m 28.86sec, long jump 4.14m, javelin 20.74m, 800m 2min 28.37sec; Amelia: 100m hurdles 19.08sec, high jump 1.39m, shot 6.82m, 200m 28.78sec, long jump 4.15m, javelin 15.93m, 800m 3min 21.7sec).