English Schools AA Championships

This year’s event at Gateshead on 6-7th July was a very successful one for Leeds City athletes, with a couple of outstanding club records and a haul of five medals.

On the track, Caoimhe Crampton ran a fantastic 12.43s (4th on the all time rankings list) with a following wind of + 3.0m/s, finishing 2nd in her heat of the junior girls 100m.

In the semi final, Caoimhe ran 12.70s (+0.6) in 3rd place, to qualify for the final and ran a brilliant legal pb of 12.55s (+1.0) to finish a fine 5th.

Ricardo Brown had been protecting an injury niggle and training sparingly coming into the Championships, so did well to qualify from his heat of the senior boys 200m, finishing 3rd with 22.15s (+1.2). In the final, Ricardo was 8th, running a slightly faster 22.10s (+2.2).

Georgia Yearby was 5th in her heat of the senior girls 400m with 58.71s, which unfortunately wasn’t good enough for her to progress any further.

Nick Petrou stormed to a fabulous club record of 48.40s to win his heat of the inter boys 400m, overhauling Richard Strachan to become the fastest U17 in club history. In the final Nick claimed a superb victory in a slightly slower 48.53s.

In the field, Vikki Adams wasn’t too far off her best in the junior girls shot, finishing 15th with 9.54m.

George Armstrong probably provided the standout performance, taking the junior boys discus title with a monster throw of 49.98m, winning by over 4 1/2 metres and breaking his own club record by 3 1/2 metres.

Elder brother Jake, made it a double family celebration, by taking Bronze in the senior boys discus with 44.65m, a couple of metres shy of his season’s best, set in the junior league match at South Leeds.

New club U17 high jump record holder James Finney, was carrying a foot injury coming into the inter boys event, so a 9th place finish with 1.87m was a good effort under the circumstances.

In the long jump, Elliott Hurley and Jacob Fincham-Dukes claimed excellent Silver and Bronze medals (just as Matt Barton had predicted), Elliott with 6.74m (-1.7) and Jacob 6.67m (-1.4).

Hannah Walker and Mel Fletcher went pretty well in the inter girls long jump, Hannah finishing 11th with 4.94m and Mel 13th with 4.86m (-1.6).

In the shot, Hannah Ukandu threw slightly further than in the previous weekend’s multi events competition, finishing 9th with 9.60m.

Sam and Josh Bentley jumped well in the senior boys triple jump, Sam finishing 8th with 13.84m (+0.4) and Josh equal 9th, just 1cm behind his pb with 13.79m (-0.3), moving up to 7th on the club U20 rankings list.