County records fall for Norfolk athletes at English Schools Championships in Birmingham

Calvin Smith came second in the under 15 boys 300m with a time of 36.33 seconds. Picture: Tony Payne

Calvin Smith came second in the under 15 boys 300m with a time of 36.33 seconds. Picture: Tony Payne - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's young athletes met with some success at the English Schools Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Ann Kalu finished third in the under 15 100m final. Picture: Tony Payne

Ann Kalu finished third in the under 15 100m final. Picture: Tony Payne - Credit: Archant

Pride of place goes to Calvin Smith. After just qualifying from his heat in the under 15 boys 300m he ran a brilliant race to surge through to second place in a time of 36.33 seconds, a new county record.

Alfie Williams broke new ground in the under 17 boys shot putt as he threw 15.12m to finish in a fine third place. This was another new county record.

Another outstanding performance came from newcomer Anna Kalou, who led the under 15 girls 100m final until the last few metres and finished third in 12.02 seconds to complete another new record by a Norfolk athlete.

In his final year Harry Taylor qualified for the final of the senior boys 100m as a fastest loser.

Alfie Williams broke the county record in the shot put with a throw of 15.12m. Picture: Tony Payne

Alfie Williams broke the county record in the shot put with a throw of 15.12m. Picture: Tony Payne - Credit: Archant


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In a blanket finish in the final he finished in fifth place with a time of 10.94 seconds. Another athlete to compete with distinction was Kate Willis in the under 17 girls 800m. She won her heat in spectacular fashion, but in the final she finished in fifth place in 2:14.76 in what was a very tactical race.

Serena Grace reached the semi-final of the under 17 girls 100m, narrowly failing to reach the final in a personal best time of 12.29 seconds.

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In the same age group Kirsty Sait Stewart was third in her heat of the under 17 girls under 17 80m hurdles in 12.05. Eleanor Brown triple jumped 11.39m in the qualifying round of the under 17 event but was unable to repeat this good performance in the final.

Overall this was not a vintage year for Norfolk at the English Schools event and this could mean that the number of athletes that Norfolk could take to the championships could be reduced.

After the championships Alexander Stadium will be redeveloped for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Next year's championships will be held in Manchester and the cross country championships will be at Sefton Park in Liverpool.

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