A 31-YEAR-OLD record was equalled in a successful start to the season for Vale athletes at the Hereford and Worcester County Schools’ Track and Field Athletics Championships earlier this month.
Zoe Styles and Heather Paton of Evesham, Georgina Greenwood of Naunton Beauchamp and Tom Kenwright of Drakes Broughton all performed well to secure selection for the English Schools’ Championships to be held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on July 11/12.
In one of the first events of the day, Paton competed in the 100m hurdles final and won in a new championship best performance of 14.6 seconds, which added to her County AAAs title from earlier in the year.
She then went on to take second place in the 100m in a closely fought battle with Worcester Athletic Club team-mate Styles.
It was a moment to savour as it took a performance of 12.3 seconds – equalling both the championship best performance and the Worcester AC club record which has stood since 1983 – for Styles to take the gold ahead of her training partner.
Going on to win the 200m in a new championship best time, it was a good day for the Evesham sprinter as she added to her wins in the 100m and 200m in the Worcestershire AAAs in May.
This was Styles’ fourth 100m title and third 200m title at the event over a five-year period, with the only interruption to her run of success being the flooding of 2012 which caused the championships to be cancelled. It is a proud record of never having lost a county schools’ race.
Kenwright, of Pershore High School – also from the same training squad – emulated Styles’ ‘double double’ by adding the 100m and 200m schools titles to his county AAAs golds in the same events.
Qualifying for his second English Schools’ Championships, the 16-year-old is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best 200m runners in the Midlands.
The last of the group to compete on the day was Pershore sixth former Greenwood who, having returned to her main event of triple jump after spending the winter focusing on the 400m, won her third consecutive county schools’ title to add to her earlier victory at the county AAAs championships.
For all three girls it was their last appearance at the county schools’ events having left sixth form this month and they ensured they left their mark on the event in style.
Heather Paton was amongst the medals in the sprint events. Photo by Marcus Mingins. 1414002MMR2.
Georgina Greenwood made it a hat-trick of county schools’ triple jump victories. Photo by Marcus Mingins. 1414002MMR1.