The 2018 Cornwall County Track & Field Championships took place at Carn Brea Track on Saturday 12th March.
(Results can be downloaded below)
With weather more akin to cross country at Carn Brea for the annual Cornwall County Track and Field Championships, than the early summer conditions that should have been expected, it is not surprising that only four Championship Records were beaten.
At one stage during the late afternoon, 1500m athletes dived for cover as a hail storm lashed down! There were some competitive races, especially the Senior Men’s 100m with three crossing the line in a tight finish, also a quality Under 20 Men’s 1500m, despite this being during the worst conditions.
Surprisingly, it was during this period, in the combined Senior, Under 20 and Under 17 Women’s 1500m, where the oldest Record was broken. This was by Grace Brock (Cornwall AC) who eased one tenth of a second off the 1994 Record of Jenny Williams as she chased the Senior winner, Heidi Tregenza to record a time of 4m:42.6s. Earlier, Kimberley Knight took the High Jump Record to 1.48m, an increase of 2cms, later adding Gold in the Long Jump just 6cms off this Record and added a Silver in the 800m, all three personal best performances for the Under 13 Newquay & Par athlete. Molly Mather (City of Plymouth AC) beat the reigning Under 20 Women’s 400m Hurdle Record holder, Lily England with an improved time of 67.2s. Although entered as a Senior Women, Kat Barbery-Redd of Truro High School, broke the Veteran Women’s Javelin Record by 70cms with a winning throw of 28.89m.
Having won the 100m in the Under 15 Boys race, earlier in the day, when the conditions were better, Micho Tao (Cornwall AC) later just missed the 200m Record by one tenth of a second with a win in 24.7s. He made it a hat-trick of Gold medals winning the Long Jump with 4.84m
With falling numbers in the County Schools Combined Events, a trial was held within the Championships to combine the two events but with athletes having to choose which event they wanted to enter and the Championship Secretary, Chris Jeffery having to juggle the timetable to suit both, the likely scenario is that the two are not compatible and will remain separate in future years.
Full results can be downloaded below and will also appear on the UK Athletics Power of Ten rankings lists.