ATHLETICS: Hunts AC star jumping for joy after national title triumph

Pic caption: Ayo Opaleye struck gold at the England Athletics Under 15/Under 17/Under 20 Championshi

Pic caption: Ayo Opaleye struck gold at the England Athletics Under 15/Under 17/Under 20 Championships in Sheffield. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Hunts AC star Ayo Opaleye was jumping for joy after winning a national title last weekend.

Opaleye struck gold in the high jump at the England Athletics Under 15/Under 17/Under 20 Championships in Sheffield.

He produced a winning 1.99m leap to break his own club indoor record with clearances of 1.90m, 1.93m and 1.96m during the competition also beating the previous Hunts AC mark.

Opaleye also competed in the 60m and clocked a new personal best of 7.19 to finish second in his heat.

Two other Hunts AC members were victorious at the combined South Of England/Eastern Masters Indoor Championships.


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Phil Bowers took two golds in the M50 long jump with a 4.96m leap and then added an Eastern silver and Southern bronze to his collection in the triple jump with 10.27m.

Neil Carrington claimed Eastern gold and Southern silver in the same triple jump event by flying out to 10.42m.

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Bowers is third in the national rankings for both events with Carrington second in the triple jump list.

Another Hunts AC record tumbled on the other side of the Atlantic in recent days.

Joey Croft continued his fine form in America by winning the 800m at the Texas A & M Invitational.

The 19 year-old's time of 1.54.27 was more than a second quicker than the Senior Men indoor best which had belonged to Neil Speaight since 1997.

Pauline Stocker celebrated her 60th birthday in style by taking age-group honours at the Sutton Coldfield Half Marathon. She earned 107th place overall with a time of 1:54.17.

Ty Farrer was another age-group winner when impressing at the St Valentine's 30k in Stamford.

Hi 1:51.33 effort earned the M45 honours and also secured a top-10 finish overall as he crossed the line in ninth.

Caroline King (2:29.09) was third in the W45 section.

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