ATHLETICS: Grantham boys impress in English Schools competition

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The regional finals of the English Schools’ Combined Events competition took place over the weekend.

The country is divided into six regions with the winning teams and the top two individuals who are not in that team qualifying for the national final to be held in Bedford in September.

In the East Anglian event, held at Chelmsford, Oliver Jakes (King’s School), and Lewis Davey (Priory Ruskin Academy) represented Lincolnshire.

Oliver competed in the Intermediate Boys’ Heptathlon, finishing in eighth place with a score of 3,219 points.

Results: long jump 4.73m, discus 19.69m, javelin 21.69m, 400m 55.0s, 100m hurdles 17.2s, high jump 1.48m, shot 7.39m,1500m 4m 39.1s.

Lewis competed in the Junior Boys’ Pentathlon, finishing in fourth place and produced a personal best in every event. With a score of 2,520 points, he has qualified for the final.

Results: 80m hurdles 12.2s, shot 8.13m, long jump 5.53m, high jump 1.62m, 800m 2m 15.0s.

Granthamian Josh Brown, who is a student at Millfield School, represented Somerset in the South West Region, held at Yeovil.

Competing in the Senior Boys’ Decathlon, he had an outstanding weekend, winning his age group with 6,406 points, which ranks him third in the country, and gained him a place in the final. He recorded personal best performances in five of the 10 events.

Results: 100m 11.05s, long jump 6.15m, shot 12.57m, high jump 1.88m, 400m 52.87s, 110m hurdles 15.26s, discus 33.01m, pole vault 3.40m, javelin 48.08m, 1500m 5m 0.98s.