Wesley Matsuka-Williams is Norfolk’s top performer at English Schools Championship
PUBLISHED: 13:49 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 16 July 2018
Norfolk’s top performer at the English Schools championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham was Wesley Matsuka-Williams.
In the senior boys triple jump he led the field with an excellent jump of 14m 93 ahead of starting university in the USA next month.
He will ahead across the Athlantic as the leader of the national under 20 rankings.
Luck Koenigsberger improved greatly on the last round of the under 17 girls hammer to improve from sixth to third with her last throw.
Eleanor Brown was fifth in the under 17 girls triple jump in a very competitive event as she jumped 11m 57, which is a new county record.
The good performances continued in the under 15 girls long jump.
Meg Willis led the way with a fine jump of 5m 42 to finish fifth and newcomer Dairy Dalrymple exceeded expectations by finishing eighth with a distance of 5m 22. Again, this was a highly competitive event.
Don Baker couldn’t quite match his second place last year and finished fifth in the senior boys javelin with a throw of 54m 38.
Another fifth place in the national championships went to Asha Soanes in the under 15 girl shot with a distance of 10m 83. Cameron Try, in the junior boys age group, threw the discus out to 37m 42 for 10th place.
Serena Grace ran 11.45 seconds in the under 17 100m in her heat and progressed to the semi-finals.
The middle distance events proved to be a tough call. Jessica Norkett ran a lifetime best in the under 17 1500m to record 4 mins 53.57 seconds. James Cunningham competed well in the under 17 boys shot and finished 12th with a distance of 13m 16.
There were many good performances from Norfolk athletes but overall this was not a vintage year.
The championships will be held in Birmingham again next year and after that the stadium will be redeveloped for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.