Two Silvers and Bronzes for Sussex at Bedford

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There were three medals but no golds for Sussex athletes at the England U15 and U17 championships at Bedford with the Sunday competitors enjoying almost continuous rain and wind.

Lizzie Korczak (Brighton & Hove), who has beaten the Sussex U17 javelin record several times this year, suffered what I believe was her first defeat of the season, in this age group, throwing 42.57m to take the silver medal in difficult conditions. Ironically she was beaten in the English championships by Scottish thrower Keira Wadddell, who is a year older, with 46.41m.

The second silver medal came in the U15 pole vault where Emilie Oakden from Lewes, who was third in the English Schools championships with 2.90m, soared over 3.06m for the silver medal while in the same event club mates Amelie Hatchard and Meme Powell cleared 2.91m and 2.51m respectively for sixth and eighth places.

In the U17 400 metres men’s event Moyo Sargent (Eastbourne) was another who improved on his Schools placing to take the bronze medal in 50.31s while Matty Smith (Horsham) took the bronze in the U15 3000m in 9:26.36s.

In the same age group Hugo Hewett (Crawley) finished fourth in the 1500m steeplechase in 4:39.30s and also finished sixth in the 3000m flat event in 8:56.74s while club mate Katie Bristow also improved on her Schools placing in the 80m hurdles in 11.47s.

In the Under 15's Brighton & Hove’s Arthur Haines and Luke Twigger both just missed medals placing fourth in the high jump and javelin throw with 1.72m and 47.80m and there was another fourth place in this age group for Horsham’s Surrey pole vaulter Dan Dearden who cleared 3.61m.

There were fifth places for Worthing’s Kelsey Sutherland in the U17 triple jump with 10.98m and Chardonnay Bowles in the U15 javelin throw with 36.18m and Crawley’s Adam Lindo in the U17 long jump with 6.38m.

Poppy Oliver (Crawley) filled sixth place in the U17 400m hurdles in 46.26s and Seb Wallace (Horsham) finished sixth in the U15 80m hurdles in 11.64s as well as placing ninth in the high jump clearing 1.62m and a disappointing 12th in the long jump with 5.87m.

Brighton & Hove athletes Harry Reinecker-Found and Ruby Anning filled seventh places, Found in the U17 high jump with 1.91m and Anning in the U15 200m in 26.83s while Millie Noyce (Crawley) was seventh in the U17 shot putt with 12.67m as was Worthing’s hammer throwers Sam Illesley in the U17 throw with 52.18m and Freya Brennard in the U15 event with 39.07m.

In the U15 1,500m Tom James placed eighth in 4:27.61s.