Records tumble on memorable day for Norfolk’s top athletes

Wesley Matsuka Willams was in fine form at the Norfolk Championships.

Wesley Matsuka Willams was in fine form at the Norfolk Championships. - Credit: Archant

There were a number of outstanding individual performances at Sportspark in the Norfolk Schools athletics championships.

Two of the best performances saw records broken that had stood at the championships for over 30 years.

Wesley Matsuka Willams had a triple jump in the under 17 age group measured at an excellent 14m 37.

Schools international Oliver Massingham, threw the senior boys discus out to 43m 94. These performances will be good preparation for the English Schools championships in a few weeks in Gateshead.

Another county record came at the start of the meeting when Lucy Koenigsberger threw the under 15 girls 3kg hammer out to 45m58.


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There were good performances on the track too. Meredith Winship and Katie Goldsmith produced the closest finish of the day when, after an excellent 800m race, both were clocked at 2 mins 18.6 seconds. They also managed to achieve those elusive English Schools qualifying times.

In the 1500m events there were some fine individual performances. Will Simm ran 4:24.8 in the junior boys' race and Femke Rosbergen recorded 4:53.6 secs in the junior (under 15) race.

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There were good performances in the sprints too. Serena Grace won the junior girls 100m in 13.1 seconds. In the senior age group Kieran Shah had a fine run to record 11.1 secs and in the 200m Dominic Burnham showed a return to form with a time of 22.0 secs.

With several athletes seeking a higher level of competition elsewhere, it is possible that Norfolk could again field another fine relay team in the English Schools event.

Blessing Joshua, following in the steps of Sophie McKinna, put the shot out to an excellent 12.78 in the under 17 age group. Another jumper to impress was Modupe Obideyi. She cleared a fine height of 1m 65 in the same age group.

Norfolk's athletes will next be in action in the Anglian Schools match next Sunday against Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The event will again be at Sportspark in Norwich.

Just to make things even more interesting some athletes have been invited to come over from the Channel Islands to compete in the event.

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