Report by Gordon Densley
On Saturday, all the Warwickshire Schools athletes competed at Leamington in the County Championships. Finishing in 1 st or 2 nd place qualified these athletes to compete for their county at the Mason Trophy next weekend at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. There are 3 age groups in County Schools – Junior (U15), Intermediate (U17) and Senior (U20).
The conditions on Saturday were very poor with rain almost constantly throughout the day, therefore wiping out any chance of fast times.
Lucy Wheeler, from Tamworth AC, ran the sprint double 100mtrs and 200mtrs in the junior girls. She finished well ahead of both fields to take gold in 13.1sec and 27.4sec. This was even more impressive as she had been injured for 4 weeks prior to this event.
Omolola Ogunnowo ran her first 300mtr race in the intermediate girls and ripped the field apart winning by over 3 seconds in 40.7seconds, only 0.3sec off the county record. She then followed up with the 200mtrs only 20 minutes later, but due to the closeness of he runs only managed 2nd place in 26.5sec.
Senior girl Olivia Woodward took gold in the shot with a heave of 9.52mtrs and followed that up with a new personal best in the 400mtrs taking silver in 59.8seconds.
Sian Lewis took 4th place in the junior girls 800mtrs and ran 30.5sec in the 200mtrs.
Intermediate girl, Isobel Spencer, took 3rd place in the javelin with a seasons best throw of 24.69mtrs.
In the boys, James Sherriff, junior, took 5th place in the 1500mtrs in 4min 54seconds. His older brother, in the intermediate age group, Owen, ran 15seconds in the 100mtr hurdles for 3rd and 58.4seconnds for 2 nd in the U17 400mtr hurdles. James Oakley, intermediate, ran the gruelling 3000mtrs in 10min 20.3seconds for 3rd place.