AT THE halfway point of the season, Dorchester Athletics Club is thriving with several athletes qualifying for the English Schools Competition in Birmingham on Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 13.

Nia McConnell (under-13) competed in the Somerset Schools Championship and became the Somerset County Champion in 200m and finished fourth in the100m final before winning the 75m at the Youth Development League (YDL) with a personal best (PB) time of 10.7secs.

Maisy Herbert (under-13) also competed in the 75m at YDL achieving a PB of 11.3secs. Herbert also won the javelin event with a Grade One PB of 26.25m and Ed Elliott won with a Grade One PB of 34.06m also in the javelin. Both are number two in the South West and in the top 20 nationally.

Edward Bird (under-15) also competed at YDL in the 1,500m, coming first in a time of 4:17.6mins making him fastest in the south west and an amazing ninth in the UK.

Katie Evans (under-15) ran a personal best 12.6secs in the 100m heat and final to become Dorset County champion. Then in the 200m straight final a huge PB of 25.8secs followed to become county champion.

Evans qualifies for the English Schools Championship (ESC) in both events. She then followed up at the SW Schools Championship coming second in her 100m heat and final bettering her PB to 12.47secs.

In the 200m straight final, Evans finished first becoming the SW champion with a massive PB of 25.69secs.

Evans’ sprinting brilliance shone again with second in the 100m in 12.5s before winning the 200m at the YDL with a PB of 26.1s placing her joint fastest in the South West.

Molly White (under-15) ran a 75m hurdle PB of 11.7secs to become county champion and qualify for the ESC.

White then comfortably won the YDL match in Bournemouth with a time of 12secs.

Elsewhere, Charlie Brookes ran 24.9secs in the 200m and recorded 5.29m for third in the long jump 5.29m third place.

At the YDL 100m Brookes won in 12.2secs and took a 300m-winning PB of 39.4secs.

In the 200m, Vince Mason ran 25.3secs to equal his PB in third then 41.6secs in the 300m finishing 15m ahead of the field in his heat.

Mason then comfortably won his 300m YDL race with a PB of 39.8secs. He raced in the 4x100m and the winning 4x300m relay teams.

In the under-17 Dorset Schools Championship class, Billy Winch ran the 400m in 56.5secs for third.

Dan Perry won the 100m hurdles in a PB time of 14.6secs then excelled in the long jump with a PB of 6.20m in second.

Perry followed up in the SW Schools Championship by bettering his PB to 6.22m.

In the under-20 senior class of the Dorset Schools Championship, in the 400m Jacob Coombes came first with a time of 53.4secs.

In the SW Schools Championship, Liv Willmore was crowned South West champion in the 400m hurdles.

Meanwhile, field events produced excellent performances at the Dorset Schools Championship.

In the under-15 category, Zara English threw 25.97m in the hammer for first and in the YDL, after experimenting with a new turning technique achieved third with 22.71m.

Courtney Cox landed a PB of 9.30m in the shot put for third and 20.89m in the javelin.

In the YDL, Cox had a PB of 9.35m to win and also achieved 16.72m and 21.23m in the discus and javelin respectively.

Freddie Pearce threw a PB of 21.35m in the discus and 23.08m in the javelin.

In the YDL match Pearce improved again with a PB of 24.18m in the javelin, and respective PBs in the shot of 6.08m and hammer of 13.80m – despite making his debut in both.

In the under-17s, Jess Herbert threw a PB of 8.24m in the shot put, Lauren Poynton landed a 7.06m attempt in the shot, while in the javelin, Herbert hit a mark of 23.77m before Poynton’s 27.65m.


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