Double delight for Holly
STANGROUND College pupil Holly Brown recorded two wins at the Peterborough Schools Trials at the Embankment Track but it was so nearly three.
Brown, the Cambridgeshire Under 15 pole vault champion, took half-a-second off her personal best (PB) to win the 200m and also ran well to take the 100m, on both occasions relegating King’s School’s Charlotte Hilton, who is a clubmate of hers at Peterborough Athletic Club, into second place.
But Brown missed out on victory in the long jump by just two centimetres. Brown recorded a fine 4.17m but Nene’s Reannah Mcnee won with a PB of 4.19m.
Brown’s PAC clubmate Ella De Lucis predictably coasted to two victories. The Stanground pupil, who made the Cambridgeshire team for last year’s English Schools Championships, took the 100m and 80m hurdles.
Another PAC member to strike a double was Nathanael Grenfell, younger brother of former English Schools long jump champion Joel.
The King’s pupil - who had recorded three wins for PAC in the East Anglian League at Luton a day earlier - won the junior boys discus by almost five metres, was the sole competitor in the triple jump and finished second in the long jump behind Brayan Benjamin, his clubmate and fellow King’s youngster.
Benjamin leapt a PB of 5.32m
firstname.lastname@example.org to defeat Grenfell and also set a new best when winning the 100m by half-a-second, but he had to settle for second place in the high jump where his height of 1.60 matched his PB and the performance of winner Sean Leedell of Thomas Deacon Academy.
In the same age group, Arthur Mellows Village College pupil Jordan Bunch won two jumps, the long and the triple.
Former English Schools 400m silver medallist Jake Berney of Hampton won the inter boys 100m and 400m, pushing Glinton sprinter and football hot-shot Brandon Howell into second in the shorter race although the Arthur Mellows pupil won the 200m and broke 25 seconds for the first time for good measure.
No senior boys or girls races took place and it will be the same story at the Cambridgeshire Schools and Anglian Schools Championships due to a lack of competition.
It was felt athletes in those age groups need to get the qualifying standard required for English Schools and will have more chance against better competition at county club level.