RUGBY & NORTHAMPTON ATHLETES IN THE MEDALS
AT ENGLISH SCHOOLS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Athletics club will also be represented at Commonwealth Youth Games this month
Rugby & Northampton had a number of young athletes competing in the English Schools’ Championships at the weekend, with four claiming medals in the national event at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
One of those to grab gold was Adam Searle, who raced to victory in the intermediate boys’ 1500m steeplechase. A new personal best time — and a club record — of four minutes and 20.84 seconds wrapped up the triumph.
There was top honours too for Eleanor Broome, who leaped 6.08 metres to earn first place in the senior girls’ long jump.
Joining the pair on the podium were Kiona McLennon and Abigail Ward, who both earned silver medals. McLennon took silver in the senior girls’ shot put with an effort of 11.65 metres, while Ward starred when taking the runner-up spot in the junior girls’ javelin. Ward eclipsed her previous PB by over five metres, with a fantastic 41.01 securing second place and another new club record.
Another to impress was Aidan Leeson, who finished third in his 400m heat to qualify for the senior male’s final. Despite shaving almost half a second off that time with 48.85, he narrowly missed out on a medal in what was a closely fought final.
Elsewhere, two of the club’s runners are heading off to the Bahamas this month to compete for their country in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Just 25 English athletes are selected from across the country, and Joshua Lay and Joshua Faulds will be the club’s two representatives in the Caribbean.
Seventy different nations and territories will be represented at the bi-annual event, which will see Lay compete in the 1500m and Faulds going for gold in the 400m hurdles.
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