A gold medal and another club record for in-form hurdler Everest
MAX Everest blasted to an impressive victory in the inter boys 100m hurdles at the Anglian Schools Championships at Grantham, winning by three tenths of a second in 13.7.
Everest (right) improved his Peterborough Athletic Club record and now lies eighth on the UK Under 17 rankings in his first year in the age group.
The 15 year-old ended last year as the third-ranked Under 15 in the country and took bronze at the English Schools, and he has continued to progress well this year.
Clubmate Joel Grenfell, who won the English Schools long jump title last year, added yet another victory on Saturday while sprinters Alex McNally and Ashley Watson were again in superb form.
McNally and Watson clocked the same time of 11.1 in the 100m but were relegated to second and third respectively by Norfolk’s Richard Taylor, who lies third on the UK rankings after winning in 10.9.
McNally’s time was a legal best, having only gone quicker with his 11.02 at the Cambridgeshire Championships when he had a very strong 6.9 metres per second wind behind him (anything more than 2m/sec is considered a wind-assisted performance) while Watson also set a new best and also improved his 200m time.
Huntingdon’s Jordan Gillbanks, an English Schools medallist two years ago, recorded his seventh 400m victory of the year while James Murtagh went beyond 50m for the first time to win the javelin.
King’s youngster Harry Wells suffered his first defeat of the season in the hammer although there was no disgrace in losing to Norfolk’s Callum Brown, who lies second on the UK rankings. Wells is currently ranked third in the country.
Darrellon Holding clocked a personal best to win the senior boys 200m from Alex Pycock. The latter, one of many talented sprinters at Peterborough Athletic Club, also had to settle for second in the 100m, where Crowland youngster Sam Lawrence equalled his season’s best in third. Lawrence also set a personal best for second in the javelin.
Hunts Athletic Club’s Jonathan Edwards was another thrower in good form. He equalled Paul Hayball’s year-old club record when winning the shot with 14.00m and also won the hammer as he went beyond 50m for only the second time.
In the junior boys age group, Jake Berney equalled his personal best of 23.5 to win the 200m. The Hampton speedster has already broken the Peterborough Athletic Club record in the 400m but could challenge Grenfell’s 200m mark of 23.2 before the season is out.
Chris Allison suffered his first 800m defeat since joining Nene Valley Harriers earlier this year but took four seconds off his personal best in second.
Sharna Emanuel recorded a legal personal best of 12.6 to win the senior girls 100m and was also second in the 200m, while it was the other way round for her Peterborough Athletic Club team-mate Megan Edwards in the junior girls section. Edwards won the 200m but was second in the shorter sprint, improving her personal bests in both.
Ella De Lucis was third in the 75m hurdles with a personal best while in the inter girls age group Simi Pam added yet another victory in the inter girls shot,
Northborough youngster Steph Williams won the 300m hurdles, despite the windy conditions proving far from ideal for hurdlers. Williams added the Anglian Schools title to her recent wins in the Cambridgeshire Championships and Lincolnshire Schools.
Charlotte Taylor made it two 3000m wins out of two since returning from an injury caused by horse riding, while Georgia Woods - also on the comeback folllowing an injury lay-off - was second in the javelin.
Nene Valley Harrier Robert Mohan