22.Jul.13 English Schools' team win SIAB Home International
In perfect conditions at Morton Stadium, Santry The English Schools’ Track & Field Team performed superbly to win the overall SIAB Home International competition.
Despite having a relatively young team, with a significant number of athletes still available for selection in 2014, England broke 7 championship records, and one British Age Group Record.
Setting the tone for the day, both Abigail Roberts and Team Captain Ellie Gooding cleared the previous CBP in the Pole Vault with 3m80, Abigail winning on countback.
Charlotte McLennaghan won the 200m in 23.89, and Cheriece Hylton won the 300m on 38.10, both Championship records. Alicia Barrett won the 80m Hurdles in 10.99, which would have been a British Age record but for an illegal wind speed. Molly Long and Isobel Ives did an England 1-2 in the 800m, with and Rosie Johnson and Harriet Knowles-Jones the same in the 1500m
Harry Hughes was in a class of his own with a new PB javelin throw over 11m further than his nearest rival which also took him to the top of the national rankings, and in the hammer, Rebecca Keating also became England ranked number one with a PB in her hammer.
Ryan Gorman won the 100m in 21.45 and the Boys’ 4x100m relay team broke a Championships record that has stood since 1981 with 41.72. The best was saved till last though, as the Girls' 4x300m team won with 2.37.66 - breaking a British Age-Group record that had stood since 1997.
Ian Roberts, ESAA Team manager suggested that this team was a credit to everybody that knows and supports them. "The Schools’ International Athletic Board (SIAB) competition is genuinely the pinnacle of the schools’ athletics pyramid. For school aged athletes across all 4 countries, it is their aspiration to represent their national team in this competition. The athletes competing are the cream of the cream, and it is exciting that despite rumours to the contrary performances continue to improve, as shown by the number of records broken both here and at the ESAA championships a fortnight earlier. The Schools’ Athletics conveyer belt continues to produce great athletes, and there is no reason to suggest that some athletes competing in this competition in 2013 will not be among the Olympians of 2016."
England, with 489 points were overall winners from Ireland with 333, Wales with 260 and Scotland with 239.
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Photos by Der O'Donovan provided with the permission of Athletics Ireland
Relay photo by Ian Roberts
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