NAC Athletes at New Balance English Schools Track & Field Championships 2019

This weekend saw nine Northampton Athletic Club athletes travel to Birmingham with the Northamptonshire Schools County Squad, to compete at the 89th ESAA Track & Field Championships at Alexander Stadium.

With events running from Friday to Saturday, the ESAA National Championship is the 4th largest single venue athletics event in the world. 

Lily Carlaw (U15G) opened the competition in action on Friday morning in the Junior Girls Shot. A tough round of competition saw Lily make the final 8 (from 24) with a throw of 12.93m holding 3rd place, however her penultimate throw of 13.11m was enough to secure the silver medal only 8cm short of the lead. This was an outdoor season’s best for Lily and all three athletes on the podium exceeded the previous 3kg Championship Record of 12.85m

On the track Amelia Tutt (U17G) took part in the Intermediate Girls 80m Hurdles heats. Amelia held her position in second throughout a close race, however sadly sustained a nasty fall on the last hurdle to keep her out of the final.

Smiles from Amelia even after a fall in the Inter Girls 80m Hurdles

In the Triple Jump, Ella Watford (U17G) achieved a PB of 11.26m to secure her place in the finals from a strong qualifying pool. Facing a tough field of competitors in the final, Ella’s best jump of 11.07m saw her finish in a creditable 11th place.

Ella and Auguste in Northants Schools Vests

Still in the field on Friday, Shanice Ighalo (U15G) made her ESAA debut in the Junior Girls Long Jump, as one of the youngest members of the Northamptonshire team. In a large field of 24 competitors, Shanice held her nerve to equal her PB of 5.23m and finish in an impressive 5th place, with only 18cm separating her from the lead. A fantastic debut for Shanice. 

Shanice in action in the Junior Girls Shot

Auguste Zakelyte (U17G) concluded Fridays activities in the field in the Intermediate Girls Discus. Another tough competition saw Auguste finish on 29.53m and 9th in the event.

Auguste in action

The athletes returned to the stadium on Saturday morning, in slightly cooler conditions. Events kicked off on the track with Sam Tutt and Tom Wilcock both competing in the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles. Sam ran in the first heat and unfortunately did not make the final. Tom secured a 3rd place in his heat to qualify for the finals in the afternoon. 

In the field, Chris Dyrmishi (U17M) competed in the Intermediate Boys Shot. Chris held the lead from the opening round with a throw of 15.78m and followed up with a best throw of 16.23m to take a deserved gold medal. Chris’s win also earned him his first International selection to compete for England at next weekend’s SIAB Track & Field International in Swansea. 

Joshua Tutt (U15B) Junior Boys Shot was involved in a very close, high quality competition. Josh’s best throw of 14.11m just missed out on the bronze medal as he was pipped to the post in the final round of throws 

Josh prepares for action in the Junior Boys Shot

Tom Wilcock’s 110m hurdles final concluded events on Saturday afternoon, where be built on his performance in the heats with a time of 14.50s to finish in 5th place, an excellent performance as one of the youngest competitors in the race.

2019 has been Northamptonshire Schools best Championship yet, the counties athletes producing 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 2 bronze medals, 4 athletes in 4th place and 3 athletes in 5th place. Northamptonshire won the overall Group D for the Laurie Alcock Sword Trophy by 37 points, as well as the Group D Inter Boys David Littlewood Trophy and Group D Junior Girls Peter Robinson Trophy. 

We would also like to congratulate our 2nd claim athletes for their ESAA Performances. Lewis Byng (Warwickshire) won the Senior Boys Shot by almost 2m, with a best throw of 18.57m in preparation for the European U20 Championships in Boras next weekend. Alfie Williams (Norfolk) achieved a bronze medal in the Inter Boys Shot with a PB Throw of 15.12m. Both these athletes are coached by our Shot and Discus Coach, Stuart Carlaw. There were also 3 track medals for 2nd claim athletes, led by Kevin Smith coached sprinter, Bailey Swift (Northamptonshire), who took Silver in the Inter Boys 200m, with a PB of 21.46. The other medals went to the Corby based duo of Archie Parkinson (Northamptonshire), Bronze in the Inter Boys 1,500m, 4:01.99 and Gemma Jones (Leicestershire), Bronze in the Senior Girls 400m, 57.04.

Congratulations to all the athletes who competed this weekend, and to their respective coaches. Thank you to the Team Mangers, ESAA Officials, Parents and Coaches for their support in the championships. 

We wish the athletes all the best of luck in their following competitions.

Full results from the weekends championships can be found here: