STRATFORD AC athletes produced a string of superb performances in the Aviva England Age Group Indoor Championships at the NIA.
Rory Dwyer led the way by winning a gold medal in the U15 boys 60m hurdles and silver in the high jump.
As the UK’s leading under 15 hurdler, Dwyer went into the championships as hot favourite and lived up to top billing by winning his heat in a new personal best.
He left the others in his wake in comfortably winning the final by nearly half a second with 8.73 another pb.
The previous day, Dwyer won silver in the high jump after clearing a pb height of 1.86 and only missed victory on count-back. Another of the club’s prolific starlets is Alex Grant who finished second in his under 17, 60m hurdles heat in a new personal best time of 8.25.
A terrific run of 8.31 in the semi-final gave him 3rd place and a spot in the final in which he finished 7th in 8.39.
Anna Gamble and Isabelle Cain-Daley’s under 15 high jump competition did not quite go according to plan and they finished 7th and 10th respectively.
The Midland Counties Indoor Championships gave further evidence of the superb form of Stratford AC’s hurdlers and jumpers who returned with five medals.
In the under 20 women’s 200m, Eleanor Johnston made her indoor debut. Running in the outside lane is always tricky and after a good first 300m she faded towards the end, finishing 4th in 27.40.
In the under 15 girls 60m hurdles, Felicity Bee and Anna Gamble were once again well matched. In the heat, Bee produced a great run to finish 3rd in 9.71 with Gamble 5th in 9.91.
Both girls were slightly slower in the final, another good run from Bee leaving her just outside the medals in 4th in 9.81. Gamble was 5th in 9.96.
Gamble also appeared in the under 15 girls high jump, earning a fabulous silver medal with a height of 1.60m, while Isabelle Cain-Daley was 6th after recording a best height of 1.50m.
Alex Grant finished second in the under 17 men 60m hurdles in 8.50.
Rory Dwyer was victorious in the under 15 boys 60m hurdles in 8.84. It was a super performance from Dwyer who led from gun to tape and now sits at the top of the UK rankings as the only under 15 under 9 seconds.
Dwyer also won the under 15 boys high jump with a pb height of 1.85m which consolidated top spot in the UK rankings. He only just failed in his attempt at a huge 1.90m.
The senior women’s triple jump brought a bronze medal for Amanda Evans.
The MCAA 2nd Open Indoor Meeting also took place at the NIA and turned into a personal best fest.
Eleanor Johnston competed in the under 20 women’s 200m and 60m events.
A time of 27.21 seconds was a new club 200m record and good enough for third place.
She set a new club record in the 60m, finishing third in 8.16 seconds.
Another athlete to double up in 200m and 60m was Bryn Stretton.
His brilliant second place in the 200m (23.86) was followed by a personal best 7.44 which earned 7th in the 60m.
Showing just how hot the club’s sprinters are currently, Alex Grant set two new personal bests; 7.46 in the under 17 men 60m to take 4th and 8.46 for second in the 60m hurdles.
Felicity Bee improved on her MCAA Championships time of 9.71 with a new club record and personal best of 9.67 for fourth in the under 15 Girls 60m hurdles.
Bee finished 7th in the shot and broke the club record with a distance of 6.91m.
The British Universities and Colleges Indoor Athletics Championships took place at the EIS in Sheffield and prodigious talent was evident across all events.
Rising star Andrew Pozzi was the star of the show, easily winning the 60m hurdles in a new championship best performance of 7.64.
Multi-talented Amanda Evans just failed to reach the high jump final but excelled in the triple jump, finishing 9th with a personal best distance of 11.04.
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