Siobhan Skinner hails the efforts of Cambridgeshire athletes at English Schools' AA Championship
Seven medals claimed by county stars
Cambridgeshire’s athletes struck gold at the English Schools’ AA Track & Field Championship to produce a competition to remember.
The county team won seven medals and a host of top 10 finishes in Birmingham, with Adelaide Omitowoju, Julia Paternain and Thomas Keen taking gold; Joey Croft, Julian Priest and Stephanie Brown claiming silvers and Priscilla Dadzie earning bronze.
Omitowoju earned the first gold medal, leaping out to a personal best of 12.30m to win the senior girls’ triple jump to complete her comeback from injury.
Paternain was the fastest on paper in the senior girls’ 3,000m and she lived up to her reputation, taking nine seconds off her personal best to win in 9min 30.74sec.
And Keen was first in the intermediate boys’ 3,000m.
He went for it at 600m to win in 8.36.28 to become a double England athlete, jetting off to Dublin this weekend for the SIAB event having represented the country in the cross-country in March.
Croft shrugged off illness to take silver in a personal best 5.58.80 in the senior boys’ 2,000m steeplechase, running tactically to go with the break and moving into second over the last water jump.
Priest’s silver came in the junior boys’ 200m. At his first English Schools’, he ran a personal best 22.49 – his second of the meet – to take silver, and he only missed gold by 0.01sec.
Browne was also making her debut at the English Schools’.
She had been struggling with a niggle in the week before the event, but put that to one side to win silver in the junior girls’ hammer with 40.82m, her second longest throw in her career.
Dadzie completed the roll call of medal winners, taking bronze in the senior girls’ shot put with a personal best 11.33m.
In the top 10, Jordan Wood ran a personal best for fourth in the senior boys’ 2,000m steeplechase.
Fifth places were earned by Deshawn Lacelles in the junior boys’ triple jump (12.55m); Kenyeh Soyei, with a personal best 11.97m in the junior girls’ shot and Ronan Rawlins in the intermediate boys’ 100m (10.84).
Megan Porter was sixth in the senior girls’ high jump with a season’s best 1.66m and Maisey Snaith took the same place in the intermediate girls’ 300m, running 40.06 from lane eight.
There were seventh-place finishes for Iona Newbegin in the junior girls’ 100m (12.49) and Daniel Mees in the senior boys’ 800m (1.56.17).
Shannon Flockhart was eighth in the intermediate girls’ 800m in 2.14.94 and Isaac Pfaender was ninth in the junior boys’ shot, with a throw of 12.53.
“Well, what can I say, it’s been an absolutely phenomenal weekend,” said Siobhan Skinner, Cambs Schools’ AA team manager.
“All of our athletes have performed brilliantly and although some are disappointed, have done the county schools proud.
“This is up there with one of Cambridgeshire’s best years ever at the English Schools’ Championship, achieving three golds, three silvers and a bronze, along with another eight athletes inside the top 10.”