A NEW BEST FOR GREN­FELL

Ken Stimp­son pupil im­presses as he wins a third suc­ces­sive ti­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by BOB FRANK bob.frank@jpress.co.uk

JOEL Gren­fell re­turned to the scene of his first ma­jor break­through on Satur­day and proved that his in­jury prob­lems are be­hind him.

Two years ago to­day, the Ken Stimp­son pupil went be­yond six me­tres for the first time to win the county schools long jump ti­tle at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity’s Wil­ber­force Road track.

He has come a long way since then, win­ning two na­tional ti­tles last year in­clud­ing the English Schools gold medal.

The 15 year-old Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club mem­ber also im­proved his best to 6.63m at this sta­dium when win­ning the East­ern Young Ath­letes League Plate Fi­nal.

Gren­fell hasn’t quite hit that form this year as mi­nor in­jury nig­gles have af­fected him but he pro­duced a con­sis­tent dis­play to win a third suc­ces­sive Cam­bridgeshire Schools ti­tle on Satur­day.

De­spite jump­ing into the wind, he be­gan with a 6.49m ef­fort, and he matched that in the third round fol­low­ing a no jump in the sec­ond.

But he saved the best un­til last, adding a cen­time­tre to his per­sonal best to reach 6.64m to move into the UK top six for his age group in his first year as an Un­der 17.

In sec­ond place was Hunt­ing­don young­ster Jor­dan Gill­banks, who took bronze in the 400m at the 2008 English Schools.

Gill­banks had a busy day, tak­ing a sec­ond off his 400m hur­dles per­sonal best to go sev­enth on the UK rank­ings - de­spite the only other com­peti­tor be­ing Michelle Longman (the only en­trant in the se­nior girls cat­e­gory).

He also won the 400m and equalled his per­sonal best in the 200m, which was won by city speed­ster Ashley Wat­son.

Wat­son had to set­tle for sec­ond though in the 100m where Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club team-mate Alex McNally won with a per­sonal best of 11.4. McNally also added 11 cen­time­tres to his high jump best to win.

In the same age group, King’s Harry Wells recorded a shot, dis­cus and ham­mer tre­ble.

It’s been quite a year for Wells, who made his rugby in­ter­na­tional de­but and at the age of 16 is al­ready the Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers se­nior men’s record-holder in the ham­mer.

On Satur­day he im­proved his club record with the Un­der 17 im­ple­ment - go­ing sev­enth on the UK rank­ings - and also set a per­sonal best in the shot.

In the ju­nior boys age group, Hampton ace Jake Ber­ney ex­tended his un­beaten record out­doors this year.

Fit­tingly for an ath­lete who has bright­ened up many meet­ings this year, the clouds lifted and the sun came out al­most the sec­ond he crossed the line.

Hunt­ing­don thrower Jonathan Ed­wards, younger brother of five­times English Schools shot cham­pion Chloe, won three events and broke 50m for the first time in the ham­mer.

David Bush won three events but was the sole com­peti­tor in all, bring­ing a chuckle from spec­ta­tors with a loud ‘Yes’ af­ter ‘clinch­ing’ the 100m.

Ge­orgie Ivens of Peter­bor­ough High School im­proved her Nene Val­ley Un­der 20 women’s out­door 400m to win but she had to set­tle for sec­ond in the 100m where Sharna Emanuel com­pleted a sprint dou­ble.

Emanuel’s Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club team-mate Megan Ed­wards also recorded a dou­ble with a per­sonal best in the ju­nior girls 200m as well as equalling her sea­son’s best in the shorter sprint.

Hunt­ing­don’s Lily Seach set a PB to win the in­ter girls 200m and set her fastest ever hand-timed 300m for an­other win.

Simi Pam of King’s won the in­ter girls hot by more than three me­tres with a per­sonal best of 12.06m.

Many lo­cals will now be in the Cam­bridgeshire team for Satur­day’s Anglian Schools Cham­pi­onships at Gran­tham.

BACK TO HIS BEST: Joel Gren­fell leaps to vic­tory at Cam­bridge on Satur­day.

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