Sixteen members of Brighton & Hove AC were selected for the Sussex Schools team for the English Schools Championships and they did the club proud.
Pride of place goes to the 2018 Inter Girls javelin champion Lizzie Korczak who won her third successive title with a throw of 47.70m. It was not an easy victory as Harriet Mortlock from Essex threw 47.47m and was leading until Lizzie grasped victory with her last round throw. The win earned her another English Schools’ vest for the home countries international match next weekend.
This was Junior Girl Rachael Wall’s first English Schools and she rose to the occasion. She launched her javelin out to a new two metre PB of 38.60m and this secured her a brilliant bronze medal
Fourth place can be the most painful position and one of the club’s finest athletes just missed out on a podium places on the track by the narrowest of margins. Team captain, Tom Eames, looked to be catching Nottinghamshire’s Luke Duffy in the Senior Boys 1500m, but the latter just held on for bronze in 3:54.29, ahead of Eames 3:54.32.
Sussex Schools had several sixth placed athletes. They included our own Kelsey Sutherland in the triple jump, who had a good competition after earlier qualifying with ease, and leapt out to 11.52m in the final.
There were several seventh places, with Tom Ridley clearing 1.82m in the Inter Boys high jump, and Louis Goffin triple jumping 13.43m in the Senior Boys triple jump. Tomer Tarragano was seventh in the Senior Boys 3000m in 8:39.21, as was Leo Walker with 40.21m PB in the discus. Meanwhile Inter Girl Lois Dooley had a great race crossing the line in a time of 5:16.77 in the 1500m steeplechase.
Ruby Anning was fifth in her heat of the Inter Girls 200m in 26.16s. Poppy Palmer-Malins was 15th in her heat of the 1500m in 4:55.08. Adam Firsht (800m) was sixth in his heat in 1:58.29. Torin Seagrove came 11th in the high jump with 1.77m. Arthur Haines was 11th in the long jump, leaping 6.10m. Seb Wallace ran 14.14s for fourth in his heat of the 100mH. First year under-15 Mollie Barrett was eighth in her 800m Junior Girls heat in 2:23.08.
Team Manager Judy Lasis said it was a great weekend: “I am delighted with the Sussex Schools Athletics team this weekend, great performances, great attitude, great effort. We brought back 14 medals and had many top eight finishes. Most importantly the athletes learned what teamwork means and made friends for life in Birmingham 2019.”
See the full English Schools results HERE.
Read the Sussex AA report HERE.