Brooks Cornwall County Championships 2010

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Brooks Cornwall County Championships, Par Track Saturday 8th May 2010.

Over two hundred athletes braved a cool and breezy day at last weekend’s Brooks Cornwall Track and Field Championships, held at Par Stadium.

The field event athletes seemed to cope better with the conditions, setting four of the five new county records, led by Jay Hill, competing in the colours of Enfield and Haringay. Jay launches his hammer 60 metres 73, improving his own Under 20 county record, which he set last year, by a further forty four centimetres. In the same age group Newquay and Par’s Jordan Henwood added one centimetre to the pole vault record set by Richard Quixley sixteen years ago.

Stuart Caudery (Cornwall Athletic Club), wasn’t satisfied with one record in the Veterans age group, bagging a brace, which included a 1 metre 80 clearance in the high jump, improving by five centimetres on the record he shared with John Perkins (Newquay and Par Athletic Club). An hour later the former decathlete soared over 3 metres in the pole vault, added sixty centimetres to a twenty four year old record set by legendary Les Williams. Les, a dual Welsh rugby union and rugby league international moved to Cornwall in the 1950’s setting the previous record of 2 metres 40 at the age of sixty four! The Cornwall Athletic Club athlete completed a successful day with a third win in the high hurdles, negotiating the ten barriers in 17.7 seconds.

Amy Sweet (Newquay and Par Athletic Club) flew the flag for the Ladies, continuing the fine form from last winter’s cross country season, demolishing the Under 17 2000 metre steeplechase record by thirty seven seconds or by over half a lap of the track.

There were also four championship best performances set and two equalled, with the field events again dominating. Two young throwers made their mark, led by the day’s youngest record breaker, Jack Trewhella (Mounts Bay Harriers), whose best throw in the Under 13 shot reached 9 metres 65, removing a fourteen year old record from the books. In the Under 15 hammer competition Jake Banevicius threw 34 metres 55m improving on the championship best of Matt Halton, an England Schools international shot putter and no mean hammer thrower. An in form Jake proved to be unstoppable in his three throwing competitions, adding the shot (10 metres 35) and discus (35 metres 26) to his previous success. Not to be out done Jack was another of the day’s triple winners, completing his golden hat trick with further wins in the high jump (1 metre 25) and javelin (29 metres 83).

The England Junior International Cross Country runner, Annabel Gummow (Penair School) cruised effortlessly around in the Under 17 3000 metres, knocking six seconds off the championship best set by another Cornish international runner, Zoe Jelbert, in 1991.

Philippa Brett (Newquay and Par Athletic Club), one of the days ten triple event winners, sliced a few tenths off the Under 20 400 metre hurdles, clocking 69.9 in the first race of the day and later added victories in the 200 metres (27.8) and shot (9 metres 20) to her gold medal winning tally.

In the Under 15 category Jordanna Morrish (Cornwall Athletic Club) equalled her own championship record in the high jump, clearing 1 metre 65 and narrowly missed a second best performance in the 75 metre hurdles, which she won in 12.2, one tenth outside the championship record set in 1991. In the same age group Charlotte Lowe (Newquay and Par Athletic Club) equalled the pole vault record, clearing 2 metres 60 and later in the day completed a double success leaping 4 metres 41 in the long jump.

The day’s triple winners also included the talented Cornwall Athletic Club all rounder, 12 year old Chessie Waters, showed her versatility, with wins in three of the more technical athletic disciplines, the Under 13 pole vault (2 metres), high jump (1 metre 30) and 70 metre hurdles (13.5). In the equivalent Boys age group Newquay and Par’s Peter Tointon chose to concentrate on the track, winning the 100 metres (14.2), 200 metres (29.2) and 75 metre hurdles (13.9). At the other end of the age group there was also a track treble for Cornwall Athletic Club’s World Masters 400 metre hurdles bronze medallist, Neil Tunstall, who won that event in 59.9, before checking out his speed on the flat over 200 metres (25.5) and 400 metres (54.8).

Two of Cornwall Athletic Club’s brightest prospects, Kiani Pay and Liam Littlejohn, continue to enjoy an excellent start to their summer season, both coming away with a hat trick of titles. Kiani, competing on this occasion for Truro School, enjoyed three clear cut wins in the Under 17 field events, long jumping 4 metres 67, leaping 9 metres 98 in the triple jump and producing a best throw in the shot of 7 metres 68. Laim, now at the top of the Under 15 category, won a closely contested 200m, clocking 25.2 seconds, just four tenths of a second ahead of Ned Warne (Truro School). Liam was a much clearer winner in his 400m, completing the one lap race in 55.7 seconds and later in the day added the triple jump title to his collection, with a best jump of 10m 90.

James Murdoch (Truro School) completed the elite list of triple winners, sprinting home in the Under 17 Men’s 100m (12.1) before turning his attention to the field competition, with further victories in the long jump (5m 67) and triple jump (11m 79).