Last Saturday 8th June saw the annual Essex Schools Championships take place at Chelmsford. WGEL Young Athletes were there in numbers representing their respective districts within the County. Despite less than favourable conditions they certainly didn't disappoint, collecting numerous medals. In the Junior Girls (U/15), Levania Ugonna Mba ran the 200m placing 1st in heat 2 with: 28.78s. In the final she finished 6th with: 28.59s. The 100m had 2 athletes competing, Shona Vincent and Tiya Canning Lawrence. Shona was 2nd in heat 2: 13.10s and qualified for final, whilst Tiya recorded 14.29s for 5th in heat 2. In the final Shona was unlucky to finish just outside the medals with a 4th place: 12.68s. Zahara Malcolm and Kezia Beeton ran the 800m with Zahara placing 3rd in the final to pick up a bronze medal medal in 2m 21.10s after her qualification run in heat 2 where she came 2nd in 2m 32.55s. Kezia was 4th in heat 1 with a personal best of 2m 24.48s and later placed 5th in the final with 2m 24.63s. Mary Hardy ran the 1500m in heat 2 and recorded a PB of 5m 37.41s. In the field, Gbemi Majekodunmi picked up silver with 2nd place in the hammer with 33m 48cm and Millie Webster was 4th in the Javelin with 28m 62cm.
The Junior Boys (U/15) saw Luke Finch in the hammer claim a new PB and a bronze with his 3rd placed throw of 36m 49cm. On the track a quadruple attack on the 1500m saw Jacob Hardy also pick up bronze with a PB of 4m 26.01s for 3rd after qualifying with 4m 40.60s for 1st in heat 1. Jimmy Geller also qualified for the final with 4th in his heat with: 4m 43.35s, but just missed out on the medals in the final with a 4th place time of 4m 35.30. In heat 2 Luca Gormley finished 4th with 4m 49.00 another PB, whilst, Nathan Wright was 6th in 4m 54.00s. Seve Blanco was 4th in heat 1 of the 800m with 2m 18.33 and later finished 6th in the final with a PB time of 2m 18.24s, while Danny Raymond was 6th in heat 1 of the 300m: 48.87s.
Simbiyat Sikiru in the Intermediate Girls (U/17) continued her fine performances with the hammer finishing 1st and picking up gold with 46m 20cm and further good news was selection for the Essex team at the English Schools in July. Emily Teo threw the javelin and finished 8th with 24m 64cm. Nicole Alves and Mary John both claimed medals in their respective events. Nicole was 1st in heat 1 of the 300m with 42.05s and then in the final picked up a silver medal with 40.98s for 2nd. Mary placed 3rd in the 100m final to gain bronze with 12.79s after recording a new PB in the heat where she had finished 2nd with 12.74s.
The Intermediate Boys (U/17) were also very successful gaining several medals. Sidnie Ward won gold with 1m 58.98 in the 800m, having earlier qualified from his heat which he won with 2m 04.65s. Rhys Edwards ran well in the 1500m S/C and place 2nd and pick up silver medal with 4m 59.19s. In the sprints Sikiru Onibanjo was 2nd in his heat of the 100m with 11.34s and then 5th in the final with 11.37s. Merveilles Massembo placed 4th in heat 1 with 11.53s and then 6th in the final with 11.59s, whilst Medwin Odamtten was 5th in heat 2 with 11.89s. Tolani Alaba and Aiden Fernandowere in fine form in the 200m. Tolani was 1st in his heat with 22.80s and then went on to place 2nd and claim silverin the final with: 22.94s. Aiden Fernando was 3rd in his heat with 23.39s but due to injury he was unable to compete in the final. George Reed was 12th in the 1500m with 5m 21.25s , a new PB. In the field, Samuel Oshodi was 9th in the Long Jump with 5.64m but Joshua Adewumi was unfortunately injured on his first attempt. Kai Wright just missed out on a medal in the Hammer where he placed 4th with 42.82m, while in the tightest event of the day Joba Ashiru took bronze on countback in the High Jump with 1.86m, with the top 4 all clearing the same height.