English Schools Track & Field Championships – Gateshead 1-2nd July 2011

29/07/2011 – Steve Linsell
Junior Girls
In her heat of the 1500m, Gemma Keir finished 9th, running close to her best with 4.50.67.
Caoimhe Crampton also ran well in her heat of the 75m hurdles, but didn’t progress further, finishing 4th in 11.99s (+0.2m/s)
Intermediate Girls
Georgia Yearby was 4th in her heat of the 300m, but didn’t make it through to the next round despite running a pb with 41.16s.

Junior Boys
Jacob Fincham-Dukes was 2nd in his heat of the 80m hurdles, running just outside his best with 11.68s (+1.6m/s).
In the semi-final, he was 2nd again in a slightly faster 11.65s (-0.5m/s) and just missed out on a medal in the final, finishing 4th with an equal pb of 11.60s
Finlay Fuller was just shy of his pb in the long jump final with 5.86m (+1.3m/s) in 8th place, whilst in the discus, George Armstrong just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th with a fine pb of 37.96m, moving him up a place to 6th on the all time rankings list.

Intermediate Boys
Elliot Hurley ran 11.30 in his heat of the 100m finishing in 5th place, with only the first 2 and 2 fastest losers going through to the next round.
Nick Petrou qualified in 3rd place in his heat of the 400m, knocking 3 tenths of a second off his pb with 50.27s.
In the semi-final he improved his best again, running 50.21s, but this time in 6th place and no further progress, except in the all time list where he now stands 6th.
Matt Campleman was 11th in the long jump final with 6.13m (-1.1m/s) and in the pole vault, Andrew Russell finished 10th with 3.65m.

Senior Boys
Ricardo Brown ran sub 22s for the first time in his heat of the 200m, finishing 2nd in 21.96 (+0.5m/s) and was 4th in the final with 22.17s into a strong headwind (-3.4m/s).
In the 800m, Higher Claim athlete, Dan Cheeseman was 2nd in his heat of the 800m with an excellent pb of 1.52.27 and was 7th in the final in 1.53.96.
Michael Wood was 8th in his heat of the 1500m with 3.58.32 and also in 8th place was Sam Bentley, breaking the 14m barrier for the first time with a fine leap of 14.08 (+0.4m/s) in the triple jump final.

Jake Armstrong had a day to forget, finishing down in 14th place in the discus, after coming into the competition as one of the medal favourites.His throw of 39.59m was almost 10m down on his pb.