There were some excellent performances by club athletes at the South-West Schools Championships in Yeovil on Saturday 21st June 2014 as the Avon Schools Team as a whole did very well.
Rownita MARSTON became the Intermediate Girls shot put champion beating the UK’s no 3 Sophie Merrett with her final massive PB throw of 13 metres 90 centimetres. It was a stadium record for Yeovil. Rownita set a PB by 67 centimetres last week to win the Avon Schools and improved this again by over a metre to win the South-West Schools. Rownita is now ranked fifth in the UK but her progress is amazing this season and anything is possible at the English Schools. Another to shine in this age group was Ella FALK who won the 300 metres in 41.03 which was a PB and an English Schools standard.
In the Junior Girls age group Catherine CLAYTON also produced a PB with a National Standard of 30 metres 6 centimetres when finishing runner up in the discus. Danielle PRENDERGAST finished fifth in the 200 metre final in 27.30. Nicola FORTUNE finished seventh in her heat of the 75 metre hurdles in 12.70.
Among the Senior Girls it was two athletes from Dave Taylor’s group who medaled with Miranda SADLER running a season’s best of 4:36.21 to take gold in the Senior Girl’s 1,500 metres and Jo TAYLOR ran 2:23.77 to take bronze in the 800 metres in a PB. Yemma SONGU was also among the medals with third place in the 100 metres in 12.50 which was an English Schools standard – however the word is that there are more Avon athletes with the standard than places so Yemma will have to wait until the team is announced before she knows whether she will be selected. Alyssa SMALL finished fifth in the 200 metres in 27.07. Maddison THOMAS won the Senior Girls Long Jump with 5 metres 61 centimetres – just short of her PB – but still a National Standard time.
The boys performed equally as strongly with their own fair share of PBs – it was great to hear that Reuben WILMSHURST (second in 2:04.91) and Anton MILLS (third in 2:05.0) both finally got the English Schools qualifying time in the Junior Boys 800 metres – a real testament to the ground work of Ali Hurford last year and Dave Bedwell this year. Will HINES finished fourth in the Junior Boys’ 100 metres in 11.71 which is an English Schools standard. Bruce DE SIVERIA finished second in the 200 metres in 23.67 – another club youngster to achieve the English Schools qualifying time. Hugh SADLER finished twelfth in the 1,500 metres – clocking 4:38.81.
The stand-out performance from the club’s Junior Boys was Kurt CAMERON’S PB in the pole vault where he cleared 3 metres 32 centimetres to achieve a National Standard and go fourth on the UK age group rankings.
In the Intermediate Boys Tomas GOODMAN ran 50.91 in the heat of the 400 metres and then improved that PB when finishing second in the final. Tomas is now ranked twenty-first in the under-17 UK rankings. Harry LEEMING finished sixth in the 1,500 metres in 4:24.54.
Jonny SHINE will probably rather forget his South-West Schools having no heighted in the Pole Vault.
Alex DALEY and Mark SMITH were the club’s representatives in the Senior Boy’s age group with Alex finishing fifth in the 400 metres in 51.10 and Mark finishing sixth in his heat of the 100 metres in 11.75.
As well as some happy athletes I guess there are some satisfied coaches – Paul Filer for one was delighted with Rownita’s performance. Keep up the good work everyone and the club looks forward to hearing who gets selected for the English Schools and how those who are selected perform on the National School’s stage.