The future is bright for Everest and Mcnally
MAX Everest predictably won the Under 20 men’s 110m hurdles at Saturday’s Cambridgeshire Championships but the Peterborough Athletic Club member will face tougher opposition in his next two races.
Everest will compete at the Loughborough International on Saturday and then head over to Belgium for the Oordegem International Meeting seven days later in search of better competition.
Having won the English Schools title under the guidance of Roythickpenny last year, Everest has moved up to the Under 20 age group and still looks a class act although he wasn’t happy with his time of 14.67.
Given the lack of competitors - he was up against one other Under 20 and three seniors, who were going over higher barriers - his time was creditable but of more importance than the time was getting a run-out ahead of the next two weekends.
Another PAC young gun with his thoughts on competing abroad is Alex Mcnally. The Femi Akinsanya-coached sprinter, who made huge progress in 2011, is set to live the American dream.
He has already been accepted into Mount Olive University in North Carolina although there may also be the possibility of going to San Fransisco so these are exciting times for the 18 year-old.
He said: “I feel it’s a fantastic opportunity for me as I believe that it may help me progress further with my athletics career, and hopefully get a place in the Great Britain team.
“It would be hard to leave my coach Femi as he has really helped me improve and given me the training to get to where I am.
“Mount Olive would be a great place for me to go as it does the course that I have wanted to study for a long time.
“To me it’s not just about going out there and improving my 100m and 200m times but also gaining the degree I want to set my future up.
“My main goal at the moment is to concentrate on this season and get fast and consistent times to my name to help gain my confidence back from rather a sluggish start to the season.”
Mcnally was not quite at his best on Saturday, returning with a silver and bronze medal as Bedford and County’s Joshua Cox recorded a sprint double.
Mcnally and Hunts Athletic’s Club’s Ryan Palmer, who along with Ashley Watson and Cambridge’s Ben Kelk helped Cambridgeshire to 4x100m bronze at last year’s English Schools Championships, pushed Cox hard in the 100m where just a tenth of a second separated the trio.
Palmer just edged out McNally for second in that race and the latter then took silver in the 200m with Watson securing the bronze medal.