Owen proves he is King of the sprints

Hunts AC sprinter Owen King.

Hunts AC sprinter Owen King. - Credit: Archant

Owen King completed a Southern League sprint double for Hunts AC on Saturday . . . and earned himself a second English Schools’ Championship spot in the process.

King powered to 100m and 200m ‘A’ string glory in atrocious conditions at Gillingham. His time of 22.34 over the longer distance knocked a second off his personal best and also ranked as a qualifying time for the big Schools’ event next month – he had already qualified in the 100m at a previous meet.

King was not the only athlete to impress for Hunts in their second Division Three North-East outing of the season.

Owain Collard took the ‘B’ string spoils in the 200m in a personal best while there was also plenty of success over the obstacles.

Richard Phelan won the 110m hurdles ‘B’ race and Liam Hunt won the 400m hurdles event in a season’s best 63.96.

Hunt later went on to record 16.30 for the 110m hurdles, his fastest-ever time and the best by a Hunts AC man for 12 years.

Out in the field Neil Bulman and Bob Ellingham swept the board in the hammer – Bulman taking the ‘A’ string with 39.66m and Ellingham managing 39.34m in the ‘B’ event.

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Teenager Aleta Fraylich was the star turn in the ladies events.

The 14 year-old powered to victory in the 400m ‘B’ race in just her second attempt at the distance before clearing 1.35 to take the ‘A’ string high jump.

Team manager Siobhan Skinner led by example with victory in the ‘A’ string 400m while Rachel Sweatt took the ‘B’ honours over 800m with a mammoth five-second personal best. Those two ladies then teamed up with Jada Griffin-Howard and Amy Chalmers to sample 4-400m relay success.

Two more athletes were jumping for joy as Molly Gregorious and Sandra Pedley claimed a pole vault double.

Charlie Batterbee continued her emergence as a thrower of some potential with victory in the ‘A’ hammer thanks to an effort of 33.49. That success completed a teacher-and-pupil double as she is coached by men’s ‘A’ string winner Bulman.

Hunts AC finished third in the team standings on the day behind the London Heathside and Medway & Maidstone clubs.

They will have home advantage at St Ives in their next Southern League fixture on June 20.