id747-Surrey Schools Championships Kingston June 14th 2008 Report

Written by DB   

Some 24 K&P members represented their Boroughs and,although there were only 2 Winners,several others produced PBs and English Schools qualifying performances.With a few of the older athletes preferring to compete in the Southern U20 Champs.etc.,,the selectors will have the usual difficult task in selecting the Surrey team for the English Schools.However,without taking away anything from those who did compete and who competed well,sadly,it has to be said that the numbers and the strength in depth were clearly not a great advert for the future of the sport in the county,or the country for that matter.But then,of course,you can only beat those who are motivated to turn up!

In the Junior Boys(aka U15),our 3 were all in PB mode - Sanford Brown eclipsed his Highgate mark with a fine 56.08 over 400(2ht),and was 4th in the Final;Richard Clarke cleared 1.60 in the High Jump(also 4th);and Rohit Naha really looked the part with his 11.27 Triple Jump for 3rd.

At U17 Inter Boys,Richard Smeaton was in commanding form,taking the 400 Final in 51.78,just outside his PB,after a coy 51.87 in his heat(2nd);and 3rd places went to Adam Wicks at 100 Hurdles(a PB 14.82 to make up for his mum losing her Club record!),in which race Tom Parry won his heat but had arguments with the timbers in the Final,and to Patrick Hillyer,whose 12.33(3rd) moved him inexorably up the Triple Jump scale.There were other useful marks from Frank Johnson(PB 200 24.53) & George Corcoran(4.40.28).

Just 2 Senior Boys(U20) - Neal Renfer emerged from injury and exams to clock a handy 24.26 over 200(4th);and Prath Kaneri posted a season's best in the High Jump(4th 1.80).

In a very small turnout of Senior Girls(U20) overall,Anna Schlerf was our only representative(4th 400).

At Inter Girls,Charlie Ambidge took the 200 'gold' in 26.90,her best of 2008;Flo Penfold continued her steady improvement with a PB in the Hammer(18.43);but the best came from the aggressive running of Molly Renfer,who snatched a bronze in a big PB over 800 of 2.19.80. Sophie Peters(4th 300Hurdles 55.72) also improved substantially.

And in the Junior Girls(U15),Rahannah Gillette-Vernon was the star with 3rd in her speciality Javelin with 26.44.We had 3 in the 75 Hurdles Final - Katelyn Aitchison 4th 12.46ht/Lucy Clacher 5th 12.93/Sophie Peel 7th 12.95ht),whilst Jessica Tomlinson improved her 2008 mark over 800 to 2.43.27.

The selectors meet Sunday June 15th to make initial selections for the Main Event.

Full results - www.surreyathletics.org.uk

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