22/23 June 2019 - Chelmsford
Bedford & County athletes enjoyed great success at the Anglian Schools Combined Event Finals held in Chelmsford recently with three of them qualifying for the National Finals in September.
Stephen Simmons (Bedford School) led the Intermediate (U17) Boys Octathlon from the 2nd event and was never headed. It mattered little that he won only two of the eight events (Discus and Hurdles), as in this points per performance based competition, he was always close to the athlete who did. He posted personal best performances in Hurdles, High Jump and 400m; with the highlight of his weekend a scintillating 100M hurdles time of 13.4 seconds which hoisted him to equal 4th on the U17 National Rankings. His final score of 4469 was his best ever, by nearly 100 points.
Darcy Button fought out a titanic battle with Biggleswade’s Leonie Brunning in the Inter (U17) girls Heptathlon. Darcy started with a near personal best hurdles time (12.9 sec.) but Leonie hit back with 1.60m in the High Jump and followed with a huge personal best of 10.30m in the shot. Meanwhile Darcy kept in touch with consistently good performances including a personal best in the 200m (27.9 sec). It was only in the last event that Darcy prevailed with an outstanding 2 minutes 28.2 seconds 800m to finish 4th overall in a personal best score of 3959 points with Leonie 5th scoring 3809 points. Both qualified for the finals.
In the Junior (U15) Girls Pentathlon, Gracie Wall started superbly in second place with a Personal Best of 12.1 seconds in the 75M hurdles, but fell to 6th place, despite a big personal best by over a metre in the shot (7.57M). However, her favourite event the high jump (1.59M) saw her claim the overall lead. Despite a solid long jump (4.53M) and a personal best 800m (2min 41.5 seconds), she was overtaken to finish in 6th place. Nevertheless her personal best score of 2751 points in her first U15 Pentathlon competition was enough for her to also qualify for September’s Finals.
In the same Junior Girls competition, Sadie Werrett started with a personal best in the 75m hurdles of 12.8 seconds and continued with consistently good performances throughout the five events. She finished 13th with a big personal best score of 2202 points and only 42 points away from 10th place.
Also in the Junior Girls, Chloe Howe and Sophie Tucker, both new to Pentathlon, had a sometimes close tussle: Chloe eventually scoring 2063 points for 17th place to Sophie’s 1948 points for 18th place. Both had personal bests in the shot, with Chloe leading the field with a massive personal best of 9.70 Metres.
U17 Boys Octathlon: Stephen Simmons 1st 4469ponts *
LJ 5.77M/ Discus 38.32M/ Javelin 32.67M/ 400m 53.7s*/100m Hurdles 13.4s*/HJ 1.71M*/shot 11.61M/1500m 5 m 42.0 sec
U17 Girls Heptathlon Darcy Button 4th 3959 points*
80m 12.9sec/HJ 1.48M/shot 9.54M/200m 27.9sec*/LJ 4.76M/Javelin 22.97M/800m 2 min 28.2 sec
U15 Girls Pentathlon Gracie Wall 6th 2751points*
75m Hurdles 12.1 sec*/Shot 7.57M*/HJ 1.59M/LJ 4.53M/800M 2m 41.5 s.
U15 Girls Pentathlon Sadie Werrett 13thth 2202 points*
75m Hurdles 12.18sec*/Shot 7.79M/HJ 1.41M/LJ 4.46M/800M 3m 08.9 s.
U15 Girls Pentathlon Chloe Howe 17th 2063 points*
75m Hurdles 14.5sec*/Shot 9.60M*/HJ 1.26M/ LJ 4.54M/800m 3min 05.6 sec
U15 Girls Pentathlon Sophie Tucker 18th 1948 points*
75m Hurdles 13.5 sec*/Shot 6.67M*/HJ 1.38M/LJ 4.11M/800m 3m 08.6sec
Personal best performances* Dennis Johnson
Full results are available on esaa.net/combined events/regional results/Anglian