Brooks Cornwall County Track & Field Championships 2015 at Par Track
Entries at the Cornwall County AA Track and Field Championships held at Par Track on Sunday were only just over the 200 mark but made up for this with some quality performances producing twelve new Championship Records.
They included one which broke a 31 year old County Record, another breaking a Championship Record 32 years old and a milestone on the track in the 400m Senior race.
The Under 17 Girls Shot Put Record of 10.52m, set by T.Chittock (West Cornwall) in 1980 was equalled by Vicky Brown (Newquay & Par AC) in 1994 and it was always on the cards that either Kiani Pay (Truro School/Cornwall AC) or Karis Harrington (Newquay & Par AC) would threaten the Record and it was the contest between these two that saw Kiani make the first impact in the second Round with 10.57m then improving this to 10.61m in the sixth round in a series of throws where she put five of her six attempts over 10m.
Jordanna Morrish (Cornwall AC/Truro High) had seen most of the other competitors already eliminated before her opening height in the Under 17 Women's High Jump, one more jump and she was on her own to push the bar up, firstly to 1.60m, to break the 1.58m Championship Record of Nicola Smout (Duchy of Cornwall AC) in 1979 and equalled by Hannah Royle (Penair School) in 1996 and then a further 5 cms to 1.65m.
The field events have never got the accolades they deserve but these two girls are among some National Class athletes within the County who were expected to shine at these Championships and they did not disappoint.
Matthew Halton (Newquay & Par AC) broke the County Under 20 Men's Shot Put County Record last Year with a throw of 15.10m but did not compete in the County Championships. The Championship Record set by Ian Tucker (Cornwall AC) of 12.35 in 2004 was a certainty to disappear barring accidents and although slightly below his best, Matt put the 6.00kg implement out to 14.75m in the fifth round with all five of his 'valid' throws being well beyond the old Record.
Jay Hill (Newquay & Par AC) had a harder task to improve on the Senior Hammer Championship Record by Simon Jones (Army) of 53.82m but having broken the County Record of 55.92m held by his coach/mentor, Mike Madden (Newquay & Par AC), last month in a League meeting for Enfield & Harringey, with a throw of 56.23m, this was another anticipated Record attempt. Jay launched the 7.26kg Hammer beyond the Championship best distance with his opening throw at 54.91m, then increased this to 55.18m in the fourth round.
At the other end of the age scale, there were two Championship Records broken in the Pole Vault. Bethany Trevail (Roche School/Newquay & Par AC) had seen her Under 13 County Record beaten by Kerenza Hurr (Cornwall AC) at the Easter Par Open meeting but had the satisfaction of taking the Championship Record, previously 2.15m with a clearance of 2.40m just short of Karenza's County Record. In the Under 15 Girls event, Francesca Waters (Truro School/Cornwall AC) improved her own personal best height to 2.70m, breaking the previous Record of 2.60m.
On the track, the sprinters found it hard to achieve fast times with the strong headwind on the finish straight but Lee Hamilton (Newquay & Par AC) took two Records over the one lap distance. Firstly breaking the 400m Hurdles Record of International, Steven Green, shading 0.3s off his time to record 54.1s and then became the first County athlete to take the 400m 'flat' time below 50 secs at the County Championships with a time of 49.4s.
Three County middle distance athletes were in top firm, two in unfamiliar distances.
Molly Long (Wadebridge School) who is better known for her outstanding 800m running, moved down to 200m and saw off the best of the County sprinters, firstly recording 27.0s in the heats of the Under 15 event than dipping below the Championship Record by 0.1s in the Final with a winning time of 26.7s.
Charlotte Cayton-Smith (Newquay & Par AC), who had earlier just missed the Championship Record in the Under 15 Girls 800m by 0.2s with a time of 2m:19.8s, held off Molly in the 300m race as they battled towards the line, to lower the Record time by 0.3s to 42.0s, Molly just outside at 42.5s.
Although Conor Robinson won the Under 20 Men's 800m race, he saw his Under 17 Record wiped off the Record books as Andrew Worden (Cornwall AC), headed home a quality race, the only one to go below the 2 minute time, recording a new personal best of 1m:58.3s.
This was one of only two middle distance/endurance races to see an improvement in the Records, the other being in the 5000m, where the Newquay Road Runner, Miranda Heathcote has turned her attention to the track for the Newquay & Par club, having moved down from Tonbridge last year and immediately made an impact on the W35 veteran Record, completing the 7.5 lap distance in 18m:40.9s