ATHLETICS: Hunts AC talents McGinness, Croft and Purbrick are English Schools’ Championships medal marvels

Joey Croft (right) of Hunts AC at the finish of his bronze medal-winning English Schools' Championsh

Joey Croft (right) of Hunts AC at the finish of his bronze medal-winning English Schools' Championships run. - Credit: Archant

Three rising Hunts AC stars are celebrating after winning medals at the English Schools’ Championships.

Conall McGinness earned silver and clubmates Joey Croft and Joe Purbrick bagged bronze while representing Cambridgeshire at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

McGinness starred in the Intermediate Boys 1500m steeplechase, knocking eight seconds off his previous best for the event and setting three new club records in the process.

His reward for a terrific performance is a call-up to the England Schools squad for the Home Counties International in Scotland this Saturday.

Croft tasted success despite contemplating pulling out of the championships after suffering from injury and illness in recent weeks.

Despite having his training schedule severely hampered, Croft battled to third place in the Senior Boys 2000m steeplechase in 6.09.55.

It was a fine exit for a runner who heads to America next month to continue his education.

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Purbrick also claimed bronze in the Junior Boys 80m hurdles – missing out on silver by just three-hundredths of a second.

He clocked 11.07 after earlier winning his heat in 11.34 to continue a fine 2018 in which he has enjoyed success indoors and outdoors.

Four other Hunts AC youngsters also competed in Birmingham with Ayo Opaleye finishing a creditable seventh in the Junior Boys triple jump.

He equalled his club record with a leap of 12.42m while Shannon Flockhart was ninth in the final of the Intermediate Girls 1500m.

She clocked 4.40.96 in the showpiece race after earlier recording 4.36.32 – a personal best by also two seconds – when second in her heat.

Sprinting prospect Julian Priest went out in the second round of the Junior Boys 200m but that should not be cause for disappointment as he is only in his first year in the age bracket.

Lizzy Harrison received a late call-up to the Junior Girls 100m and finished eighth in her heat before running a smart third leg for the Cambridgeshire relay squad as they just missed out on a place in the final.