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Borough's youngsters well represented at major track event
6:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
ATHLETICS: THUROCK’S young athletes were well represented on day six of the Essex Championships held at Colchester on Saturday. They won three sets of silver medals against opposition from all over the county.
The under 15 boys took silver in the 4x 100m anchored by a fine run by Joe Wynn. The rest of the team comprised Charlie Splarn, Yinka Sodipo and Sam Ekumola.
In the under 13s 4x100m the team of William Adeyeye, Aaron Wong, Liam Chivers and Brandon Raffo – all of them very new to the sport – were the runners up.
Watched by coach, Brenda Stone, the under 13 boys 3x800m team just missed out on gold medals in a thrilling race. In the preceding week to these Championships the young athletes showed great promise.
Top of the list must come William Adeyeye whose 5.73 long jump puts him at the top of the UK under 13 ranking list and in the top group in the all time list. This performance was part of a pentathlon held at Tonbridge School which incorporated the Kent championships.
His pentathlon score of 2380 points also puts him top of the UK ranking list. His four other performances in the pentathlon were outstanding: hurdles 8.91s, long jump 5.73m, high jump 1.60m, shot putt 11.68m, 800m 2m42.51. His pentathlon total was 2380.
Other top results: Girls: Jessica Whitbread high jump 1.25, pentathlon 1564, Shannon Coombs PB in hurdles 13.78, high jump 1.31 pentathlon 1654; Rhea Stavri pentathlon 1019; Jessica Smith high jump 1.25, pentathlon 1114; Olivia Mynett pentathlon 1099; Megan Smith pentathlon 997; Monet Jervier shot putt 8.35, pentathlon 1236; Kendrea Nwaelene long jump 4.04, high jump 1.34, pentathlon 1753.
Boys: Aaron Wong pentathlon 1486; Brandon Raffo pentathlon 983; Jamal Drummond pentathlon 532; Thomas Wright pentathlon 482; Riley Tripp pentathlon 413.
Coaches Cathy James and Karl Sumun can take great pride in this set of performances. On the day they were helped by young athletes Charlie Splarn and Beth James.
l IN the Southend Open meeting senior athlete Ben Gibbs broke the 11 second barrier in the 100m for the first time. His time of 10.97 was into a head wind which made it ‘legal’ which pleased him even more. Ben’s outstanding all round athletic ability is pointing him towards a future in the decathlon but certainly his sprint career after this performance takes on new promise.
Shannon Jameson has trained hard all season and this had its reward in the 80m hurdles with her excellent 12.68s which earned her a silver medal. She also recorded 9.44m in the triple jump to take a bronze medal. At the same Southend meeting Alice Martin recorded a season’s best of 14.63 in the 100m and she threw the javelin 21.63m.
Douane Jibunah won the discus with an excellent 45.01m and Aiden Simpson took a medal in the high jump with a pb of 1.70m.
l YOUNG Thurrock athletes were in the medals at the English Under-17 and Under-15 track and field championships.
Talented young Aveley sprinter Modupe Shokunbi came away from the championships in Bedford with two medals around her neck while Grays hammer thrower Katie Head was also on the podium. Shokunbi, who runs for Havering Mayesbrook, won a silver medal in the under-15 girls 100m on the first day of competition with a wind-assisted time of 12.11s in the final.
The 14-year-old then came back the following day to win a bronze medal in the 200m. Again the wind had picked up at Bedford and her clocking of 25.15s would have been a personal best had the wind reading been legal.
William Edwards School pupil Head finished off what has been a fantastic season for her with a silver medal in the under-15 girls hammer.
Indeed, the only girl who finished above the Newham & Essex Beagle athlete was Irish and throwing as a guest at the championship, so to all intents and purposes, Head was the English champion.
Thirteen-year-old Head threw 48.91m to earn the silver medal.
Thurrock Harriers James Pearson had a busy competition, taking part in the under-15 boys shot-putt, discus and 80m hurdles.
The William Edwards pupil came through the rounds of the sprint hurdles to reach the final where he set a new PB of 11.41s to finish sixth.
Pearson just missed out on the medals in the shot-putt where he finished fourth with a best putt of 13.81m while he was eighth in the discus (37.08m).