Record-breaking displays at Cambs AA Track & Field Championships
Ayo Opaleye among the stars of the show
Eleven records were broken at the annual Cambs AA Track & Field Championships in Peterborough.
Athletes competed across a wide range of categories, from under-13 to seniors, looking for a springboard to the summer season.
For some, it was an even more impressive day as they beat standards that in some cases had stood for 38 years.
One of those records to be broken was by Hunts AC’s Ayo Opaleye, who beat the 1980 mark of 12.18m in the under-15 boys’ triple jump by producing a leap of 12.25m.
Cambridge & Coleridge’s Thomas Keen won the under-20 men’s 1,500m in 3min 51.02sec, bettering Daniel Pettit’s standard of 3min 58.9sec that was set in 2004.
Isaac Morris, of C&C, had set 4.47.83 in the under-13 boys’ 1,500m last year, but he went quicker this time, running 4.39.15.
In the same age group, Alfie Hoyles threw 8.92m in the shot put, a distance that surpassed Jonathan Edwards’ 8.80 in 2004.
Nene Valley Harriers’ William Kong clocked 37.65 in the under-15 boys’ 300m to beat Josh Akinwumi’s 39.05 from 2014.
Alex Lord, of C&C and The Perse School, was the winner of the under-15 girls’ javelin with a throw of 28.42m, 1.39m further than the standard set in 2014.
Bedford & County AC’s Sadie Werrett set a championship best of 27.4m in the under-13 girls’ javelin, overturning the 2014 record of 25.57m.
In the under-13 girls’ discus, both Hunts AC’s Willow Bedding (23.42m) and Keeley Hoar (21.62m) beat Lauren Sammout’s 2005 mark of 20.95.
There was a record for Libby Taylor of 46.60m in the under-17 women’s hammer, with the previous best of 44.38m being set in 2015.
C&C’s Maisey Snaith clocked 55.34 in the under-20 women’s to break Lucy Dowsett’s 2008 record of 58.6, while team-mate Adelaide Omitwoju leapt 12.05m in the triple jump to beat Jessica Fox’s 11.39, which had stood since 2013.