A weekend of championship bests in Bedford

Morgan Lake, Alicia Barrett and Kesi Oludoyi among the winners at the England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships

Morgan Lake Bedford (Keith Mayhew)

Britain’s top teenagers showed there is no shortage of talent coming through the age groups, setting ten championship best performances (CBPs) including a UK best from Alicia Barrett in the under-17 80H with 11.01 (1.7) at the England Athletics Under-17 and Under-15 Championships at Bedford.

On a sunny, but at times blustery weekend, many of the sprinters took full advantage of the conditions to post fast end of season marks (albeit often wind-assisted), but it was UK under-17 heptathlon and high jump record holder Morgan Lake (pictured) who really stole the show in the jumps.

The World Youth representative won under-17 long jump (5.91m), high jump (1.88m) and triple jump (12.34m) titles, the latter two with CBPs to add to her growing collection of national gold medals. “I was most pleased with the high jump,” said the 16-year-old. “I wanted to get around 1.90m again to start being consistent at those heights and today it felt really good.

“The long jump was mainly about getting my run up right again and the triple jump was good, as Keri Davidson was leading for most of the competition, but that spurred me on and I jumped my best in the last round to take the title.”

Both male 100m champions capitalised on the tailwind, with Camron Lyttle (Bexley) running a quarter of a second quicker than ever before to win the under-15 event in a CBP of 10.80 (+3.3) and Shaun Pearce (Carmarthen) clocking 10.42 (+3.9) to win the under-17 event, also a CBP. However, neither mark will stand for ranking purposes due to the fact that they were aided by illegal wind speeds.

In the under-15 200m, Kesi Oludoyi (Harrow) went to top of the age group rankings for the year with a 22.62 (1.2) clocking. However, this performance came at a costly price. The 14-year-old collapsed after crossing the line, later revealing he had pulled his hamstring.

“I felt it all through the race, but just pushed through and it went at the end. I could have gone faster if it had been right,” he revealed. Oludoyi had also been third in the 100m the day before.

In the female sprint events, Alicia Rees impressed in taking the under-15 sprint double with windy marks of 11.92 and 24.64 (+3.5) respectively, whilst World Youth sixth place athlete Shannon Hylton (Blackheath and Bromley) took the under-17 100m and 200m with 23.67 (+2.5).

Shannon’s sister Chereice further cemented her position at the top of the rankings with 37.91 CBP to win the under-17 300m.

Other CBPs came from Georgie Taylor (Havering Mayesbrook) in the under-17 discus (47.04m), Stephanie Broomhead (Harrow) in the under-15 pole vault (3.44m), Michaela Walsh (Ireland) in the under-15 shot (14.18m) and Catrina Thomas (Lincoln Wellington) in the under-17 1500m steeplechase (5.14.24).

Pick of the distance runners was Jack Crabtree (AFD), who claimed the 1500 and 3000 double in times of 4:04.66 and 8:38.18, whilst Alfie Scopes (Tonbridge) won the under-15 discus by 6m with a big pb of 47.55m.

» A more in-depth report together with pictures and results from Bedford can be found in the September 5 issue of AW

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