U15 Boys provide fitting finale to season
ATHLETICS: The all-conquering St Albans U15 Boys squad delivered a fitting finale to the outdoor season when they swept the board at the Eastern Athletics Association Multi-Event Championships at the Bedford International Athletics stadium. Rivals from Be
ATHLETICS: The all-conquering St Albans U15 Boys squad delivered a fitting finale to the outdoor season when they swept the board at the Eastern Athletics Association Multi-Event Championships at the Bedford International Athletics stadium.
Rivals from Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Suffolk were unable to live with the St Albans surge as Christian Gaddes led performances that saw St Albans athletes fill the first four places in the five-event Pentathlon.
In registering 2,785pts to take gold, Gaddes smashed his own 80m hurdles club record which he lowered to 11.19secs. The hurdles time ranks him second in the country while his pentathlon points total is sixth best nationwide.
The silver went to Jake Awe (2,465pt), while Chris Hilton produced a powerful run in the concluding 800m which, added to a series of personal bests, helped grab the bronze.
The trio were pushed all the way for a podium place by Luke Yaxley (2,320pts), who achieved personal bests in long jump, high jump and 800m in finishing fourth.
As well as securing the Eastern region medals, Gaddes, Awe and Hilton were also crowned Hertfordshire champions.
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There was also a Hertfordshire silver medal for Steph Rukin in the U15 girls pentathlon.
She produced a new 75m hurdles PB of 11.86secs on her way to a combined event total of 2,241pts which saw her sixth overall in the battle for the Eastern Region title.
Laura Owler also gained valuable experience in her first multi event U15 girls contest.
The weekend medal haul was completed by U13 girls Alice Townend and Lucy Dicks in the Eastern Regions three-event Minithon championships.
Townend won silver, missing out on the top spot by only one point, with a new personal best of 1.31m in the high jump the highlight of her events.
Dicks secured the bronze medal by following her 1.37m high jump clearance with a solid 800m run and a commendable 6.78m shot putt.
There were also promising performances from both Laura Nofer and Joetta James.
The Bedford efforts followed the previous week's club championships where the outstanding performances both came in the javelin.
In the U20s section, Jonathan Constantinou, who had already posted a club best earlier this summer, produced another prodigious effort to add over three metres to his record with a throw of 53.50m.
At the other end of the age scale, U13 Devan Graham beat a club standard that had stood for 14 years when he nailed a throw of 31.57m.