07.Aug.12 Under 17 Heptathlon record falls as next generation show the future's bright
Morgan Lake (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow, Lead Coach: Eldon Lake) showed that our national success in combined events has a bright future as she broke Katarina Johnson-Thompson Under 17s national record and claimed the English national title.
Hers was the stand-out performance on a weekend of action at Stoke which saw the England Athletics Under 17 Men's Decathlon, Under 17 Women's Heptathlon, Under 15 Boy's Octathlon and Under 15 Girl's Hexathlon taking place.
While Katarina Johnson-Thompson was in action in the second day of the London 2012 Olympic Games Heptathlon, Morgan was notching up a strong first day at the England Athletics Under 17 combined events championships. She won five out of the seven events as she not only broke the 5000 point barrier for a new championship best but also raised the UK record to 5,169 from 5,146. Given Katarina this year broke a certain Jess Ennis's Under 20 record, Morgan's performance shows that Britain has some great talent working its way to the senior ranks!
The performance was made all the more impressive given the thunderstorms that disrupted the competition.
In the Under 17 Men's Decathlon Championship Wales' and Carmarthen Harriers' Aled Price was the overall winner with 5845 points ahead of Daventry AC's Kieran Russ and Cambridge Harriers' Juvenal Iragaba on 5623 and 5400 respectively. After being in fifth place after the 100m Aled took the lead in the long jump and never relinquished his position. Kieran and Juvenal laid in third and fourth place overnight but moved into silver and bronze medal positions after the 100m hurdles and retained their positions through day two.
The England Athletics Under 15 Boy's Octathlon Championship saw Aaron Bedson of City of Stoke AC claim the title with a clear margin over Oliver Russel of Solihull & Small Heath AC with 3,448 points to 2870. Aaron led throughout and Oliver cemented his silver medal position during day two which also saw George Heppinstall of Wakefield & D move up to take bronze with 2,616.
The Under 15 Girl's Hexathlon title was won by Kierra Barker of Basingstoke & Mid Hants with 3,774. Kierra led throughout the competition but changes were afoot behind her. Silver went to Emily Borthwick of Wigan & Dist with 3,371 and bronze to Anna Rowe of Liverpool H & AC with 3,294. Both lay outside medals going into the last event. In fact Emily had been in bronze medal position after the long jump but that was the only time either were in medal positions until after the final event. But with Anna running 2:20.4 and Emily 2:28.8 they made big inroads up the leader board to claim the positions behind Kierra.
The event also saw Home Countries' International matches hosted as a development opportunity for athletes.
The result in the women's match was that England won with 14,491 points to Scotland's 8,175 as Karla Drew took the individual honors with 5,009 point ahead of England team-mates Brogan Crowley (4,834) and Jodi Favell (4,648). In the men's match England A won with 20,221 from England B (18,953) with Wales third (13,304) and Scotland fourth (12,946). England's Dean Showler-Davies won the individual tussle with 7,144 points to Wales' David Guest's 7,085.
England Athletics Under 17 Men Decathlon
England Athletics Under 17 Women Heptathlon
England Athletics Under 15 Boys Octathlon
England Athletics Under 15 Girls Hexathlon
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