Golden girl Hannah Molyneaux maintained her perfect record at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead today (July 8) by grabbing a third consecutive gold medal.
The Geoff Capes-trained youngster followed up wins in the junior girls shot putt in 2014 and 2015 with victory in the intermediate age group after overpowering big rival Gaia Osborne from Hampshire.
In qualifying this morning it was Osborne holding pole position with 14.06m followed by Molyneaux with a best throw of 13.61m.
But when it mattered most it was Nene Valley Harrier Molyneaux, competing for Lincolnshire, who came up trumps.
She took the title with a putt of 14.12m with Osborne having to settle for silver on 13.98m in the last competition of the day.
The championships also started brightly for our local contingent too as Joshua Akinwumi safely negotiated the heats of the intermediate boys 100m hurdles, The Nene Valley Harrier finished fourth in 13.40 to secure a place in tomorrow’s final.
Akinwumi, a King’s School pupil running for Cambridgeshire, went into the championships ranked third in the UK with a time of 13.1.
Stanground Academy’s Jamelia Henson, also representing Cambs, finished fifth in her intermediate girls 80m hurdles heat in 11.89 and missed out on a place in the final.
Cambs’ had three representatives in the shot event won by Molyneaux - Tierney Augustine of Sawtry College, Priscilla Dadzia of Stanground Academy and Lydia Church of Sawtry College - but all failed to make the 12-strong final. Their respective best throws were 11.79m, 11.88m and 11.09m.
Spalding Grammar School sprinter William Hughes scorched through the heats of the intermediate boys 200m. The Nene Valley Harrier crossed the line first for Lincolnshire in 22.08 to take his place in tomorrow’s final.
Hughes was a bronze medallist last year in the junior boys age group.
In the senior boys age group there was joy on the track for Cambridgeshire’s Daniel Mees but disappointment for Lincolnshire’s Ashley Sandall.
PAC runner Mees, from the Sir Harry Smith Community College, qualified for tomorrow’s 800m final as a fastest loser but Nene Valley Harrier Sandall, who attends the Thomas Cowley High School at Donington, missed out by a fraction of a second on the 400m final after finishing third in his heat in 49.78.
Another PAC runner from Sir Harry Smith to make a final was Cambridgeshire’s Megan Sims. She looked in great form in the intermediate girls 300m hurdles heats and qualified for tomorrow’s final as second fastest after taking second spot in the quickest heat in 44.4.
Also through to a track final tomorrow is Lewis Davey. The PAC all-rounder, wearing a Lincolnshire vest, took third spot in his intermediate boys 400m hurdles heat in 58.55 and that was good enough for a lane in the final.
Megan Ellison (Bourne Grammar School and Nene Valley Harriers) didn’t quite make it through the intermediate girls 800m heats, finishing fifth in 2.14.63.