Norfolk pipped to top spot in Anglian Schools Championship

Norfolk finished close behind Lincolnshire in the Anglian Schools Athletics Championships at the Sportspark in Norwich.

Two new records were set in the hammer events. Callum Brown, hoping for selection for the World Student games in France next month, threw the senior boys' hammer out to 65 metres as well as winning the discus. He was matched by his training partner Michael Painter who threw the under 17 boys' hammer out to a record distance of 65.39 metres as well as winning the discus with 42.82m.

Clieo Stephenson was the pick of the track athletes with a fine sprint double. She left the field far behind in the 100m, winning in a record equalling 12.2 seconds. She also cruised around the 200m in 25.9 secs.

Another impressive track winner was Ryan Skipp who has reached top form at the right time of the season. He won the under 17 boys' 400m in 51.5 secs. Oliver Bradfield, recovering from a shoulder injury, won the javelin with 54.23m.

Tasha Potgeiter won the under 17 girls' 1500m after a battle in 4mins 55.3 secs. Zino Mario Ghae, a former English Schools champion, was another to hit good form at the right time as he cleared a fine 1.90m in the under 17 boys' high jump. Georgina Howe from Thetford, competing for Suffolk, won the senior girls hammer event ahead of returning thrower Jenna Cannell from the host county. Another double victory was recorded by Laura Green in the senior girls, long and triple jump.

Norfolk's team for the English Schools championships at Gateshead in July will be announced in the next few days. The team will be weakened by the non availability of top ranked shot putter Sophie McKinna, who is hoping to be selected for the World Youth Games in France.

Team scores in the Anglian event were Lincolnshire 693 points, Norfolk 654 points, Suffolk 549 and Cambridgeshire 527 points.

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