NAC Athletes in Northamptonshire Schools – Mason Trophy
On 15th June a group of athletes from Northampton Athletic Club represented Northamptonshire at the Mason Trophy Inter Counties Schools’ Championships in Birmingham. This event saw Intermediate (Under 17) and Junior (Under 15) athletes competing for their counties.
The athletes faced horrendous conditions with flash rainstorms and with many events being delayed due to the appalling wet conditions. Despite these challenges the athletes pushed on and were able to achieve a host of PB’s and collect Championship Medals.
Starting with the Junior Boys (Under 15), Oliver Savage competed in long jump achieving 4.87m to rank 15th in a tough field. Oliver also won his heat in the JB 200m with a PB of 25.16s to rank 10th overall. Josh Tutt took the Shot Putt Gold Medal by just 1cm with a winning throw of 13.24m. Josh also took the Bronze medal in the Discus with a PB throw of 33.77m. Josh had already achieved the English Schools (ESAA) National Standard for Shot.
The Junior Girls (Under 15) saw Shanice Ighalo achieve a joint 5th overall in the 300m with a PB of 42.63s along with a PB in the Long Jump of 5.23m to claim a Silver Medal and meet the ESAA Qualifying Standard for the National Championship. Lily Carlaw continued her stellar season with a dominant 2m winning margin in the Shot Putt, and 10m in the Discus to claim Gold and ESAA National Standards in both events. Lottie Creak collected the bronze medal in the Javelin with a throw of 29.13m.
It was also a good day for the Intermediate Girls and Boys (U17). On the track, Abigail Smith won her 100m heat, and achieved 12th place overall. Jor-El Maitland delivered a PB of 52.46s in the Inter Boys 400m to finish in 8th position, as well as a Long Jump PB of 6.09m to rank 5th. Amelia Tutt stormed to victory in the 80m hurdles with 11.86m for the gold and an ESAA qualifying standard, just before the heavens opened. Mackenzie Roper achieved a PB in the 100m hurdles of 15.35s to achieve an overall 12th in the category. Megan Palmer ranked 7th overall (joint 5th) in the IG High Jump with a 1.51m jump, whilst Ella Watford leapt into the ESAA Qualification standards with a 6th overall jump of 11.23m.
There were some outstanding performances in the intermediate throws, with Izzy Thompson and Auguste Zakelyte both winning medals in the Discus. Izzy claimed the bronze medal with a 29.48m, and Auguste claimed the gold with 33.44m and an ESAA qualifying distance. The girls just missed out on the Shot medals with a 10.58 from Auguste for 4th place, and 9.74m from Izzy for 5th.
Claiming double gold was Chris Dyrmishi in the Shot and Discus, throwing 37.55m for gold in the Discus, and a PB throw of 16.27m secured the Gold medal in the shot. This also met the ESAA qualifying standards and extended Chris’ UK No1 ranking in the event.
In the overall team ranking for Northamptonshire, the Junior Girls Track athletes achieved 3rd place overall, the Junior Boys Field Athletes ranking 5th, the Inter Girls Field also ranking 3rd and the Junior Girls Field securing an impressive 1st place!
Fantastic performances from our athletes helped Northamptonshire achieve an overall 5th place in the completion.
Congratulations to our athletes and to the Northamptonshire Schools Athletics Association for a fantastic result.