ATHLETICS - Stratford athletes win medals at Midland Championships - The Stratford Observer

ATHLETICS - Stratford athletes win medals at Midland Championships

Stratford Editorial 31st Aug, 2023   0

A HOST of Stratford-upon-Avon Athletic Club’s young athletes won medals at the Midland Counties Athletic Association under-15 and under-17 Championships at Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton.

Leading Stratford’s medal rush was Maisie-Joy Spriggs who won gold in the 1500m in a time of 4 minutes 57.74 seconds while Niamh Hillard took bronze in 5 mins 2.28 secs.

In the high jump, Caitlin Boyle won silver with a jump of 1.50m after high winds brought a premature halt to the event.

And Nikola Wodzisz took silver in the hammer with a personal best (PB) throw of 21.90m, the first Stratford athlete to medal at this level, before placing fourth in the javelin with a 27.84m throw.

Seb Hillard won two silver medals in his first taste of under-17 competition after finishing second in the triple jump with a PB leap of 11.80m before running a PB of 15.73 secs in the 100m hurdles.

Sprinter Joel Masters continued his superb form to win his 200m heat and went even faster in the final to take gold in 21.90 secs before also winning gold in the 100m in a time of 10.79 secs.

Masters’ performances over the course of the season have caught the eye of the England selectors with the youngster set to make his international debut at the under-20 Welsh International.

And Annabel Stacey took bronze after three strong events which included a PB of 4.29m to top the Midlands under-13 rankings and place third overall at the Championships.

Outside of the medals, under-13 Carter McKenzie was 10th in the quadrathlon while under-15 athlete Clea Roach set new PB’s in the 100m and 200m respectively before jumping 3.74 in the long jump.

Annie Silvers placed seventh in the 75m hurdles final after racing alongside her sister Martha in the heats while the former also ran in the 200m and the latter in the 1500m.

Scarlett Dawson impressed in the sprints, setting a new PB of 13.06 secs in the 100m before placing fifth in the final and ran another PB of 26.98 secs in the 200m heats on her way to finishing fourth.

There was also a PB for Eve Cunningham in the 200m as she crossed the line in 30.48 secs while Ella Smith was fifth in the final after running a PB of 26.63 secs in the heats.

In the 80m hurdles, under-15 athlete Ethan Winning placed fourth in 12.61 secs with Will Hovell sixth in 13.69 secs while the latter also recovered from a fall to finish seventh in the 800m final.

However, after arriving late to the start of the high jump competition and failing to make a valid jump, Hovell redeemed himself with a PB of 4.99m in the long jump.


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