South of England U15 & U20 Inter Counties T&F Athletics Championships 2015 - Report
Cornwall’s annual trip to the Allianz Copthall Barnet Stadium on Sunday for the South of England Under 15 and Under 20 Inter Counties Athletics Championships may not have hit the highs of the last two years but with a very young team and several key athletes missing through holidays or injuries, there were still some quality performances and top three placings.
The County has the furthest to travel from the nineteen eligible to compete and with the added complication of a clash with the crucial final match for the Newquay & Par Women’s Southern League team on the Saturday, some athletes played a vital role in both fixtures.
The larger teams from the London and home Counties areas will always dominate but the meeting gives Cornwall’s athletes the opportunity of competition at a level not available in the South West and to reach a final or top eight position, where points are scored for the County, is quite an achievement.
Three athletes finished second. Yoyo Barnsley found herself up against a pair of strong athletes in the 1500m. The Essex athlete gradually built up a lead which Yoyo was unable to pull back once she shaken off the attentions of the Kent athlete but still recorded her second best time for the distance at 4m:35.81s. Molly Caudrey has made massive improvements in the Pole Vault over the last 12 months since competing as an Under 15 in 2014. In a close contest between three, she came up against a girl who went on to equal the Championship Record and finished joint second with a clearance of 3.60m. Patrick Swan, not only finished second in the discus where he had a consistent series of throws culminating with his best at 48.24m he followed this with a third in the shot with a throw of 14.04m. All three are eligible to compete in the Under 20’s next year with Yoyo and Molly both Under 17
Sam Lane De Courtin found himself in a tactically slow opening lap in the Final of the 800m but kept himself in a good position to cover the moves as the race developed over the faster last 400m to finish strongly in third with a time of 1m:56.54s. Georgia Doyle-Lay saved her best triple jump until the last round where she came close to her best with 11.08m. Earlier, she finished eight in the Long Jump with 4.99m. Both will be able to compete next year.
Reaching the Finals or top eight were:
Rebecca Gray 4th High Jump 1.60m; Fynley Caudrey 4th Pole Vault at 4.00m; Lily England 7th in 400m Hurdles with a 0.9s p/b in the heats at 70.38s.
Grace Brock 6th 1500m in p/b of 4m:54.01s; Finn Birnie 6th 800m 2.08.76 in heats; Archie Vingoe 7th 1500m 4m:28.54s; Jasmine Basford 7th in both 100m and 200m 13.18s / 27.48s; Tammy Kearney equal 7th Pole Vault 2.20m and Connor Drew 8th Javelin 37.80m. Jacob Milligan equalled his p/b in the High Jump at 1.60m at 9th