ATHLETICS: Hunts AC talents enjoy nine triumphs at the Cambridgeshire County Schools’ Championships

Shannon Flockhart powers clear to win the Intermediate Girls 300m at the Cambridgeshire County Schoo

Shannon Flockhart powers clear to win the Intermediate Girls 300m at the Cambridgeshire County Schools' Championships. - Credit: Archant

The young talents of Hunts AC were in fine form at the Cambridgeshire County Schools’ Championships last Saturday.

Ella Reed won the Junior Girls long jump at the Cambridgeshire County Schools' Championships.

Ella Reed won the Junior Girls long jump at the Cambridgeshire County Schools' Championships. - Credit: Archant

There were nine successes from club members at the Embankment Track in Peterborough – almost double the tally managed in 2017.

One of the triumphs, from Shannon Flockhart in the Intermediate Girls 300m, also came complete with two Hunts AC records. Her time of 41.8 bettered the previous Under 17 Women and Under 20 Women marks of 42.1 which belonged to Lily Seach and stood for 10 years.

Flockhart’s clubmate Katie Wright was runner-up in that event in a season’s best time of 44.4.

Julian Priest completed a sprint double at Intermediate Boys level, clocking 11.3 for the 100m and 22.8 over 200m and there was more glory in the field in that section as Thomas Smith won the hammer with 28.84 before sending the discus out to 33.40 for second spot. Both of those efforts were personal bests.

Winner Joe Purbrick (right) and runner-up Spencer Taylor (left) in the Junior Boys 80m hurdles.

Winner Joe Purbrick (right) and runner-up Spencer Taylor (left) in the Junior Boys 80m hurdles. - Credit: Archant


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Ayo Opaleye’s first jump proved to be a winning one as he took the Junior Boys triple jump with 12.15m before finishing as runner-up in the 200m in 24.9.

A lack of recent training due to a back problem didn’t hold Joe Purbrick back as he produced a personal best of 11.5 to win the 80m hurdles at Junior Boys level – an effort which launched him up to fifth in the Under 15 Boys national rankings.

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Spencer Taylor was second in that race in 13.0 and showed his versatility by also finishing as runner-up in the 800m in a new best of 2.14.9.

Lizzy Harrison took the Junior Girls 100m honours in 13.2 with clubmate Ella Reed back in third in 13.4. Reed went on to win the long jump with a 4.70m leap.

Issy Wilkins was another victory in that bracket as enjoyed a start-to-finish success in the 1,500m in 5.11.2.

All winners and runners-up advance to the Anglian Schools Championships in Norwich this weekend.

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