Day one report from the English Schools track and field championships in Gateshead
Abbi Carter took a remarkable sixth consecutive title in the hammer at the Aviva English Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead.
Having won two junior and two intermediate titles and then taken her first senior win 12 months ago, the Kingston upon Hull athlete considered it essential to compete here despite the fact that she will be flying this evening to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
Carter was within a metre of her best with 59.75m but was pushed closely by world youth champion Louisa James, who set a PB of 59.03m for silver.
It took until half an hour after the due completion of the programme, but at 7.30pm and with only a handful of spectators left in the stadium, Lucy Bryan set the first and only championship record of day one.
She cleared 3.85m at the first attempt to add 4cm to the previous mark.
After a one-hour delay to the start caused by overnight rain, the action came thick and fast on the first of the two days.
In the boys’ events, Tim Kerr-Chin in the junior long jump probably came closest to a championship record on a day of field-event finals and track heats.
He added 26cm to his best with 6.50m to fall just 18cm short of the championship best.
Discus: Greg Thompson 52.53
High jump: Nicholas Hunt 1.93
Long jump: Joseph Dewar 6.98 (-1.8m/s)
Shot: Kai Jones 18.20
Hammer: Taylor Campbell 65.31
Javelin: Thomas Peters 63.37
Pole vault: Jack Longhurst 3.60
Long jump: Tim Kerr-Chin 6.50 (1.4m/s)
Triple jump: Grebin Cherian 12.87 (-0.2m/s)
Shot: Harry Sutherland 15.79
Javelin: Harry Hughes 57.59
Pole vault: Lucy Bryan 3.85
Triple jump: Mary Fasipe 11.97 (-2.7m/s)
Hammer: Abbi Carter 59.75
Javelin: Kelly Bramhald 46.45
High jump: Robyn Petitt: 1.71
Long jump: Morgan Lake 6.03 (2.6m/s)
Discus: Georgie Taylor 41.80
Javelin: Natasha Wilson 41.21
Shot: Sophie Merritt 13.31
Discus: Sophie Mace 37.48
Full results will be posted at esaa.net