Norwich triple jump prospect Wesley Matsuka-Williams earns England call-up

Conac's Wesley Matsuka-Williams with his English Schools triple jump gold medal. Picture: Tony Payne

Conac's Wesley Matsuka-Williams with his English Schools triple jump gold medal. Picture: Tony Payne - Credit: Archant

The top Norfolk performer at the English Schools Championships was Wesley Matsuka-Williams.

The City of Norwich athlete won the intermediate boys (under-17) triple jump with a fine jump of 14.46 metres, only two centimetres ahead of the second placed athlete. He has now been selected to represent England in the Schools International match at Ashford next weekend.

Another athlete to do very well in Gateshead was Lucy Koeningsberger, who finished third in the junior girls (U15) hammer with a throw of 49.12m.

Logan Smith finished fifth in the senior boys 2000m steeplechase in 6:04.47mins, which was a PB and only one hundredth of a second behind fourth place.

Oliver Massingham, having moved up to the senior age group, also finished fifth in the discus with a distance of 43.06m. Perhaps the surprise package of the meeting came in the final event of the two-day event when a scratch relay team of Logan Smith, Kieran Shah, Dominic Burnham and Ben Matsuka-Williams exceed expectations by not only qualifying for the final but actually managing to finish in an excellent fifth place.

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Tyreece Simpson, making his debut in a national competition, finished ninth in the junior boys shot with 12.22m. Before the relay Dominic Burnham finished eighth in the senior 200m in 22.62 seconds. Jack White was 12th in the U17 3000m and Blessing Joshua was also 12th in the U17 shot put, but had thrown further in the qualifying rounds.

Katie Goldsmith ran a PB in the U15 800m of 2:18.58mins but sadly it wasn't quite good enough to get her into the final.

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Joshua Oshuminde, who runs for Great Yarmouth & District but is at a Suffolk school in Suffolk, finished second in the junior boys 100m in 11.34secs.

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