22.Aug.11 Fantastic four revise record books on day two in Bedford
There were no fewer than four Championship Bests set on the second day of action at the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 Championships in Bedford, bringing the total number of CBPs to eight for the weekend.
Adele Nicoll was arguably the star of the show, winning the under 15 girls' shot with a new CBP of 14.12m - putting her second on the all time list. This added another gold to her discus win earlier in the day.
She said: "I'm really pleased. I had it coming for a while but it was just getting it out in the competition. I've been consistently getting that far in practise but it's a totally different atmosphere when you're out there - it was a really good competition."
Small in stature but big when it comes to performances on the track, Invicta East Kent's Bobby Clay smashed her personal best and broke a 30-year-old record in the under 15 girls' 800m, front running her way to victory in 2:08.75.
Explaining her big personal best, Clay said: "Because it was quite close to the English Schools, I knew that today the girls would be fighting even harder to beat me, so I knew I was going to have to put in more.
"When I moved at 300m I could feel that there was no more to give but I knew that if I didn't push it I would have lost, so I knew that I had to work as hard as I possibly could today."
Stanley Livingston had a busy day, finishing second in the under 15 boys' 80m hurdles before going one better in the 400m to win with a new CBP of 49.97.
Bridgnorth's Huw Bevan also revised the record books with a lifetime best and CBP throw of 69.60m to win the under 17 men's javelin.
Sophie Papps continued her fine progress in 2011 by completing a sprint double in the under 17 women's 100m and 200m with victory in the 200m on Sunday. Making a great weekend even better, her time of 23.93 in the 200m was her first under the 24-second barrier.
She said: "It's been pretty amazing coming from nowhere last season, I haven't done one of these since 2008. I felt really good - I've had the best season and this finished it off for me and I'm really glad I could come out and prove that I'm not just a 100m runner."
In the under 17 men's 200m, Roy Ejiakuekwu ran a super race to win in a blistering quick 21.44 - the fastest in the UK this year.
The under 15 girls' 200m saw Maya Bruney and Hannah Brier - who both still have another year left in the age group - take gold and silver in 25.24 and 25.73 respectively.
The multi-talented Morgan Lake competed in three events on day two and added victories in the under 15 girls' long jump and high jump to her golds from the indoor championships back in February with 5.93m and 1.75m. She also took silver in the 75m hurdles, with the gold going to Chelmsford's Moesha Howard in a quick 11.00.
English Schools' champion Shirin Irving, who also won the under 15 combined events title last weekend, stepped up an age group to win the under 17 women's 80m hurdles - a distance which she prefers to the younger age group's distance of 75m - in 11.29. Second went to another Chelmsford hurdler Hayley McLean who also took silver in the 300m hurdles ealier in the day.
Jake Grundy won the under 15 boys' discus with a UK-leading mark for 2011 of 48.87m while Rowan May once again dominated the pole vault, adding the under 17 title to the under 20 title he won in June, clearing 4.80m and going close at 5.01m.
Isle of Wight athlete Nick Percy added the under 17 men's hammer title to his discus gold and shot silver from Saturday with a lifetime best throw of 66.94m.
Sean Molloy won a quick and exciting under 17 men's 800m with 1:51.60 from Skyrac's Jordan Bransberg with both athletes recording personal bests.
English Schools' champion Clovis Asong delivered once again in the under 17 men's 400m final to win in 47.13, just missing out on the Championship Best. Brighton & Hove's Jordan Auburn also went close to setting a new CBP, he won the 100m hurdles in 12.76 - a lifetime best.
Well done to all the athletes who competed over a fantastic weekend of athletics and thank you to all the officials, coaches and supporters who made it a weekend to remember!
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