The fu­ture is bright for Ever­est and Mcnally

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

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.

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