It was lucky Friday 13th for Sussex School’s athletes who had a tremendous first day to the English Schools Track and field championships at Birmingham on Friday winning six medals including two golds.
This is believed to be the best first day haul for many years and probably decades.
Both wins came from athletes who are in their first year in the age group and for the fourth time this season Lizzie Korczak, who was the reigning Junior (U15) champion stepped up to the Intermediate (U17) age group and set another Sussex record with a splendid throw of 46.85m to win the Javelin crown.
Peanut Meekings threw 38.35m to place eighth in the same event.
There was a second gold medal from Natasha Purchas, who was third in the Intermediate age group last year, but moved up to the Senior (U19) age group and cleared 3.90m to take gold while team mate Jess Hall finished seventh clearing 3.20m.
Millie Noyce struck silver in her first year in the Inter shot putt with a fine effort of 13.20m which was a Pb while Edan Cole, in his final year at English School threw 62.05m to take silver in the Senior javelin throw.
Chloe Lipscombe and Emilie Oakden who were both attending English Schools for the first time in the Junior age group won bronzes with Lipscombe adding some three metres to her previous best in the Hammer throw with 43.88m with Freya Bennard placing seventh with 41.24m while Oakden’s bronze medal came in the Pole vault where she cleared 2.90m.
There was a near miss in the Inter High jump where Harry Rienecker Found improved from ninth place last year to fourth with a fine clearance of 1.98m.
Another high jumper, Isabelle Humphreys cleared 1.61m for fifth place in the Junior event and junior Discus thrower Ollie Beach added nearly two metres for fifth place with 41.12m.
Lillie Franks placed seventh in the Senior High jump clearing 1.72m, a height that won her the title last year, and Sam Illsley placed eighth in the Inter Hammer throw with 56.08m.
On top of these successes there were several athletes who booked themselves a place in today’s finals, a remarkable “First day” for Sussex.