Andy Fisher writes
On 8th and 9th July 2016 it was the annual English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA) Finals which this year were held in Gateshead. The West Midlands and surrounding counties took a strong team forward and of the team which participated 13 athletes were representatives of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC.
The action at this year’s event saw some great performances, with many of our athletes claiming new personal records, season records or achieving a new British standard.
In the 100 metres we have had 3 representatives. They were:-
- Niall Price (Shrops) in the Intermediate Boys(Under 17) age group. He finished 5th in his heat with a time of 11.39secs
- Harry Drummond (Staffs) in the Intermediate Boys(Under 17) age group and finished 6th in his heat with a time of 11.53secs.
- Kai Dudfield (West Mids) in the Junior Boys(Under 15) age group . Kai finished 4th in his heat with a time of 11.84secs
In the 400 metres we had 3 representatives and these results were impressive indeed. One of our athletes finished first and achieved a PB in doing so.
- Tor Bennett-Williams (West Mids) in the Senior Boys (Under 20’s) age group. Tor finished 5th in his heat with a time of 49.59secs
- Psalm Roberts Nash (West Mids) in the Senior Boys (Under 20’s) Age group. Psalm came 1st in his heat with a time of 49.35secs which qualified him for the finals on 9th July. In the final, Psalm finished 2nd with a time 48.08secs. This is a new PB for Psalm and see’s him ranked 8th U20 Mens nationally*. Well done Psalm.
- Steve Thompson represented West Midlands in the Intermediate Boys (Under 17 Mens). Steve finished 5th in his heats with a time of 51.82secs.
In the 800 metres Junior Boys (Under 15 boys), it was a very impressive field. We had Adam Saul-Braddock (West Mids) and in this heat he finished 1st with a time of 2m 06.02 which qualified him for the finals on 9th July. The line up for the final event looked tough on paper due to the qualifying times levitra online in australia from the day previous. Adam went on to finished 3rd in the final with a time of 1m59.56. This is a new PB and see’s Adam ranked 4th nationally* in the Under 15’s.
For the Senior Girls (Under 20’s Women) in the3KM we had one representative from the club. This was Danielle Rowlinson (Shrops). Danielle finished 12th with a time of 10m10.90.
In the 100 metre Hurdles we had one representative. This was Cliona Rose Perkins (Staffs) in the Senior Girls (Under 20’s Women). Cliona finshed 6th in her heats at 15.27s and this is a new PB.
In the field events we had some strong candidates who were participating. Of those who were participating, 2 of these were podium finishers and 2 achieved new PBs.
In the Shotput we had Lynx Noumey (West Mids) Junior Boys (Under 15’s Boys). Lynx finished 10th with a distance of 11.89mtrs. This is a new PB for Lynx.
In the Discus we had Simone McKen (West Mids) Senior Girls (Under 20’s Women). Simone finished 3rd with a distance of 37.91mtrs. This was not a new record for Simone but she is in the top 10 being ranked at 10th nationally* with a distance of 41.27mtrs.
Finally in the Hammer throw we had 2 representatives participating. First we had Molly Walsh (West Mids) in the Intermediate Girls (Under 17 Women). Molly finished 6th with a distance of 52.50mtrs. This is not a new PB for Molly but Molly is currently ranked 7th nationally* for her age group.
In the Junior Girls (Under 15 Girls) we had Phoebe Baggott (Staffs). Phoebe finished 1st with a distance of 58.01mtrs. This is not just a new PB for Phoebe but this is also a new British Best Performance record at English Schools. Phoebe is now ranked 4th nationally for her age group but once final verification has updated on Powerof10 it is expected Phoebe will be 1st nationally for her age group.
Well done to everyone who participated and congratulations on your new achievements.
* rankings are correct at time of production and were researched from Powerof10.info