t was an exciting and action packed first day of the England Athletics Age Groups indoor combined events championships held in Sheffield.
The under 17 Women’s indoor pentathlon champion was crowned – the title went to Pippa Earley, who scored 3811 points which broke the Championship Best for the second year running. The under 17 Men completed day one of their indoor heptathlon. Younger athletes also took part in the Tom Pink relays in association with the AAA.
U17 Women’s Pentathlon
The day got off to a great start with Portuguese guest Marisa Vaz Carvalho running the fastest 60mH time in UK for an under 17 woman. Pippa Earley (Club: Kingston AC & Poly Harriers, Coach: John Shepherd) and Anya Bates (Club: Birchfield Harriers, Coach: Paul Harrison) – who took Silver at the individual champs in the hurdles – ran the 2nd and 3rd fastest times.
In the High Jump, Natasha Smith (Club: Stroud AC, Coach: David Hanstock) cleared 1m78 for a PB and the best in the UK this year. She took top spot over Marisa but the Portuguese regained to finish wuth a score of 3992. Sarah Omoregie (Club: Cardiff AAC, Coach: Gareth Lease) moved up from 11th to 2nd with a shot put PB of 14m86 – best in the UK this year and the 4th best ever – but lost out on the silver medal by just 14 points after the final 800m. A major improvement to her previous PB saw Pippa’s long jump of 5m79 took her to 3rd and 2.20.65 for the final 800m earned her the England crown. Holly McArthur (Club:Whitemoss, Coach: also had a fast final run to take the silver after having laid in 8th after the penultimate event and Omoregie held on for bronze.
Pippa Earley 3,811
Holly McArthur 3,619
Sarah Omoregie 3,605
Rhea Southcott 3,573
Natasha Smith 3,464
U17 Men’s Heptathlon (day 1)
Not to be outdone by the women in the good start to their competition, the U17 Men’s 60m sprint saw 12 of the 21 entrants record PBs. Welshman Kellen Jones held onto top spot after a strong long jump of 6m68, and Joe Halpin (Club: Gateshead Harriers, Coach: Janice Kaufman) and Josh Hewett (Club: Manx Harriers, Coach: Di Shimell) both jumped the exact same distance 6.25 (a PB for Joe) to lie in 2nd and 3rd going into the shot put.
The top four positions remained the same after this competition, and the points at this moment were extremely close; Nathan Langley (Club: Worksop, Coach: Mike Cooke) and Charlie Ashdown-Taylor (Club: Bracknell AC, Coach: Andrew Hughes) both put fantastic PBs well over 13m, causing a 4 position leap for Nathan who had come 4th in the individual champs last month. Joel McFarlane (Club: Arbroath AC) worked his way up the positions throughout the day with PBs in his field events to lie 3rd overnight and with Jamie Worman Cheltenham Harriers matching him much of the day just 40 points behind. Joe Halpin (club: Gateshead Harriers, Coach: Janice Kaufman) was in silver position until the high jump but is still in contention for day 2.
Kellen Jones held onto top spot throughout until the highjump where he finished in 2nd overnight and Josh hewitt finally passing him after an being the only competitor to clear over 2m in the high jump (he won the individual U17 HJ in February with 2m07) which left him in the lead at the end of day 1 with a margin of over 150 points.
Top results after day 1
Josh Hewett 2,763
Kellen Jones 2,606
Joel McFarlane 2,549
Jamie Worman 2,509
Joe Halpin 2,507